“I Was There When He Died”- Mike Tyson Recalls MMA Legend Kimbo Slice’s Final Moments

Published 07/25/2021, 2:15 PM EDT

Boxing great Mike Tyson never restricted his stardom into the limits of the squared circle, blessing several other forms of combat with his glittery appearances. Starting from WWE, to MMA leagues and even street fights, Tyson has seen electrifying events happen live. However, not all of them might bring him good memories.

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It’s bizarre to picture ‘Iron’ Mike fearing something. However, he has claimed to have experienced fear when he saw Kimbo Slice fight in his last days. In a chat with BadouJack on the HotBoxin podcast, Tyson recalled the fight and addressed how the MMA legend had died.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 25: Mike Tyson speaks onstage during the “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truthts” panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour – Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Mike Tyson said, “I was there when he died. I was at that fight and where was that fight, Virginia, I was there when he died. He fought his body guard.”

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“Well, he died it in the hospital but I could say the way he was. Look it was just really scary.”

Kimbo Slice is often considered a pioneer of MMA. He produced several elite fighters from street fighting. Even before appearing in the UFC, Slice’s viral fight videos had brought him a lot of attention. That said, he also had a successful stint in pro-fight leagues before suffering an untimely death at the age of 42.

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According to the reports, Slice had contracted a severe cardiac arrest which cost him life. Although he was still too young for a medical setback of that status, the unfortunate incident took away one of the brightest fighters from the world. Nevertheless, Mike Tyson and several other legends continue to praise Kimbo Slice’s impact in combat sports.

Mike Tyson has only love for Kimbo Slice

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A dream fight between Tyson and Slice could have thrilled several people. The MMA star would have enjoyed an advantage of age. Meanwhile, they would have shared some similarities in terms of their aggressive approach. Slice has thoroughly replicated the old-school dominance in his professional fight career. Although the world needed a few more showdowns from him, Slice’s position is already unparalleled.

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Apart from the combat universe, Slice also holds a reputed position in the Internet community. Because that’s what catapulted him into global popularity. Hence the veteran fighter remains immortalized amongst his fans all over the world.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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