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Old 05-09-2013, 10:49 AM   #1
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A prime Tyson (86-89) in the UFC/MMA, in any era (93 - present), how would he have done? Imo, he would've dominated. What do you think?
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:08 AM   #2
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And here we go...(No Goldberg)
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:43 AM   #3
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Why is always Mike Tyson? Is it because people think of him as a 'brawler'? Dude the boy had game. One of the most phenomenal specimens ever captured on film. (His résumé is what really hurts his all-time ranking.) But, yeah, he was far from a behemoth plodding around headhunting.

Anyway. **** this thread.
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If he's in his prime in 1988, then how could he compete in 1993?

Better question is, how would Mike have done in Shooto?

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Old 05-09-2013, 12:07 PM   #5
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I suppose it all depends on how well he could learn to defend takedowns.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:22 PM   #6
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Tyson could change levels real fast and which could transition into a good TDD
He also had some serious power as most people know.
Only thing is how would he do against knees, kicks and elbows but mostley knees and kicks
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It's simple...whatever he hits, he destroys.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:12 PM   #8
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Why is always Mike Tyson? Is it because people think of him as a 'brawler'? Dude the boy had game. One of the most phenomenal specimens ever captured on film. (His résumé is what really hurts his all-time ranking.) But, yeah, he was far from a behemoth plodding around headhunting.

Anyway. **** this thread.
Dude, i realize Mike was more than a brawler. In fact, to consider Tyson just a brawler or slugger would be an insult to the very soul of boxing. His skills are often over-looked today by people who don't understand the science behind good boxing. I realize this. He was an amazingly skilled fighter in his prime, i understand that perfectly. That is exactly my point, and why i picked Tyson for this discussion. Although i could easily have named several other boxers that i think would likely have dominated the UFC as well. Imo, UFC fans often over-rate the perceived skill level of their sport/game. The UFC to date has never even come close to having or producing a fighter with the overall striking/boxing skills that a prime Tyson had.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:06 PM   #10
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A prime Tysogn (86-89) in the UFC/MMA, in any era (93 - present), how would he have done? Imo, he would've dominated. What do you think?


Yeah his rear leg power kick was vicious, not to mention his inside elbows and counter straight knees from the clinch. I haven't even mentioned his excellent ground game particularly submissions......
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Tyson's trainers add extra focus on foot speed and movement, and 9 out of 10 times the fight wouldn't even go long enough to go to the ground, and even if it did, the UFC fighter has to get close for a take-down. A prime Tyson throws accurate power shots and blistering combinations from virtually any angle a lot faster than any MMA fighter can throw a kick of any consequence. If the MMA fighter shoots for a take-down he's gonna eat at minimum of 2 or 3 shots the likes of which no UFC fighter has ever previously faced, and which would likely discombobulate the grappler just long enough for Tyson to follow up with some finishing touches.
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Tyson's trainers add extra focus on foot speed and movement, and 9 out of 10 times the fight wouldn't even go long enough to go to the ground, and even if it did, the UFC fighter has to get close for a take-down. A prime Tyson throws accurate power shots and blistering combinations from virtually any angle a lot faster than any MMA fighter can throw a kick of any consequence. If the MMA fighter shoots for a take-down he's gonna eat at minimum of 2 or 3 shots the likes of which no UFC fighter has ever previously faced, and which would likely discombobulate the grappler just long enough for Tyson to follow up with some finishing touches.
Since you already know how the fight plays out why would you ask this question?
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Tyson's trainers add extra focus on foot speed and movement, and 9 out of 10 times the fight wouldn't even go long enough to go to the ground, and even if it did, the UFC fighter has to get close for a take-down. A prime Tyson throws accurate power shots and blistering combinations from virtually any angle a lot faster than any MMA fighter can throw a kick of any consequence. If the MMA fighter shoots for a take-down he's gonna eat at minimum of 2 or 3 shots the likes of which no UFC fighter has ever previously faced, and which would likely discombobulate the grappler just long enough for Tyson to follow up with some finishing touches.
Sweet, did you get this on video? I'd love to see how it went down.
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The UFC to date has never even come close to having or producing a fighter with the overall striking/boxing skills that a prime Tyson had.
1) Mike Tyson burst onto the scene years before the UFC even existed, and decades before it found success.

2) Who would have thought that an organization that's only been going for a handful of years and that features guys who train in all aspects of fighting, would not produce as good a puncher as a legendary boxer who trained his whole life to punch and who trained in a sport with a century-plus heritage. Wow, incredible.

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1) Mike Tyson burst onto the scene years before the UFC even existed, and decades before it found success.

2) Who would have thought that an organization that's only been going for a handful of years and that features guys who train in all aspects of fighting, would not produce as good a puncher as a legendary boxer who trained his whole life to punch and who trained in a sport with a century-plus heritage. Wow, incredible.

True enough. Good points.
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