Joe Rogan Dives Deep Into Mike Tyson’s Connection With Genghis Khan: “All These Crazy Conquerors”

Published 04/04/2022, 4:38 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 9: Mike Tyson talks with the media after he was defeated by Evander Holyfield for the WBA Heavyweight tittle at the MGM Grand Garden on November 9, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holyfield won the fight with a TKO in the 11th round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Blessed by the God of war himself, Mike Tyson was a freak of nature. There might never be a physical specimen like him in the world of combat sports ever again. What made Tyson so dangerous in the sport of boxing wasn’t his monstrous power alone but his unbreakable mentality. 

Owing to years of training with legendary boxing trainer Cus D’Amato, Mike Tyson’s mentality in approaching a fight was like none other.


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Being introduced to conquerors throughout history from a young age profoundly affected the former heavyweight and gave rise to one of the greatest boxers of all time. In The JRE episode 1799, Joe Rogan talked to stand-up comedian Yannis Pappas about how the ancient conquerors had an effect on Mike Tyson’s mentality. 

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Back when he was fighting, he read a lot about like conquerors and like he and I got into a long discussion about um Genghis Khan. Like he [Tyson] knows his real name, Temüjin. He ratted off all this data on Genghis Khan. He’s read extensively on Alexander The Great and all these crazy conquerors.” – stated Rogan.

He continued, “Like that mindset, he, like, applied a lot of their historical uh, writings and all the things that you learn about these conquerors. He applied that to his fighting.” 

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – DECEMBER 8: Heavyweight fighter Mike Tyson enters the ring before he faces Alex Stewart in a ten round heavyweight fight December 8, 1990 at the Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tyson won the fight with a KO in the first round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Mike Tyson’s infamous callout to Lennox Lewis post the Lou Savarese fight was iconic. One of the greatest lines in his career went as “Lennox is a conqueror? No, I’m Alexander. He’s no Alexander.” His use of Alexander The Great’s name during the callout was another indication of how invested he was in the conqueror mentality.


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Mike Tyson may not be fighting anymore, but his love for combat sports still exists. Tyson has been at weigh-ins of UFC events and is a role model for numerous stars in the sport of MMA. 

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 24: (L-R) UFC President Dana White and former boxing champion Mike Tyson stand on stage. During the UFC 160 weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 24, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Mike Tyson attended the UFC 160 weigh-in for the Khabib Nurmagomedov and Abel Trujillo fight. Tyson was pumped up looking at the Dagestani lose control during the weigh-in.


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He might not be a professional fighter anymore, but Mike Tyson remains an action-loving fighter through and through. 

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Rohit Raj

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Rohit Raj is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. As a Business student, Rohit’s love for the UFC was double-sided with the business of it being just as intriguing as the martial arts aspect of it. “Don't just fight, perform” is a quote that he believes drives the most entertaining fights of the UFC, with the likes of Conor McGregor, Chael Sonnen, and Israel Adesanya sweeping him off his feet with their skill as well as swagger and trash talk capabilities.