Mike Tyson is known for his unparalleled boxing skills. He also holds the record for the youngest world heavyweight champion.
Recently, Tyson humorously disclosed the primary reason hindering his potential as a UFC contender.
The boxing icon secured his legendary status by claiming the WBC title at a mere 20 years old. He ended up securing a second-round victory against Trevor Berbick.
But how would his boxing abilities work in mixed martial arts, and more so in the UFC? Mike Tyson himself expressed skepticism about his prospects within the Octagon.
Tyson said that he had the “worst feet in the world” and it prevented him from ever competing in the UFC.
In an interview with GQ Sports, Tyson outlined his reservations. He said: “I don’t know what I would do in the UFC, because I watched the UFC a couple of times, and I watched these guys step on people’s feet.”
Tyson went on to say: “And I have the worst feet in the world, and if somebody stepped on my feet, I would totally tap out and just give up. It would be a no-brainer.”
Despite his reservations about competing in the UFC, Tyson was a playable character in UFC 2, UFC 3, and UFC 5.
White even appeared in Tyson’s podcast once to discuss about UFC GOATS.
In response to a question on who the best combatants in UFC history were, White said: “So hard to do because there have been so many great fighters… but you gotta start with Jon Jones.”
He then referred to Amanda Nunes as the “greatest female fighter of all time” and said, “You got to have her.”
White continued: “How do you not have Usman?”
“If you look at the different generations of people who helped take the sport to another level. It’s hard to just pick five all-time great fighters. Matt Hughes would have to make the list… and then you look at all the different Brazilians that came up… the Pride era. It’s hard to pick just five.”