UFC president talks Tyson’s legacy

Dana White sure has a way with words when discussing any

subject, let alone the legacy of the former undisputed heavyweight

champion of the world Mike Tyson. In a short excerpt from the new

FOX reality series “Being Mike Tyson”, the UFC

President and boxing’s living legend himself are shown

palling around together, as they are known to do, backstage at an

event with White waxing on about the difference of what Tyson is

like today as opposed to the fearsome “Iron Mike” of

yesteryear.

“Do you remember how he was then,” states White.

“You would s*** your pants if this guy walked in the room.

When you talk to mixed martial artists, some of these guys are

really mellow, easy going guys, but inside that’s how they

are. If that’s not how you are then you don’t even

belong in this sport.”

As the UFC President grew up in boxing and is naturally a fight

fan, it’s no surprise White speaks highly of Tyson’s

infamous intensity, which made him not only a terrifying

competitor, but an entertaining lightning rod for the sport.

“The thing with boxing is, the heavyweight division died when

he left,” asserts White with no sense of hyperbole as the

ardent critic of the Klitschko brothers and their sleep inducing

style.

Also, for boxing purists, it’s not rare to see Tyson at

UFC events as “The Baddest Man on the Planet” is an

enthusiastic MMA supporter who even traveled in September to UFC

Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader in Brazil and congratulated Glover

Teixeira inside the Octagon following his first round TKO of Ryan

Bader.