Mike Tyson Sees Himself in Ronda Rousey's UFC Dominance

Mike Tyson, Ronda Rousey

Mike Tyson Sees Himself in Ronda Rousey's UFC Dominance

Boxing legend recognizes similar killer instinct in mixed martial arts star.

Published July 17, 2015

Mike Tyson visited Ronda Rousey at the Glendale Fighting Club in California on Thursday to watch her train.

What the boxing legend saw from the UFC bantamweight champion reminded him of his own boxing dominance through the mid-1980s and early-1990s.

"Ronda, she's a lady. Polite, kind, sweet and adorable," Tyson, 49, told the Associated Press. "But her whole barometer is, she's a killer. She has that killer aura, meaning anything is capable of happening. Whoa! That's exciting before the fight even starts. I think of myself when I watch her."

Rousey (11-0) is training to face Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on August 1. Like Tyson used to pulverize opponents in mere seconds and minutes of the first round, Rousey has stopped 10 of her 11 opponents in the first round as well. Rousey was humbled that her idol Tyson took the time out to see her train.


"It's very humbling, and I was just honored that he would go through the trouble or go out of his way to watch me train," Rousey said, after the two fist bumped and briefly spoke. "I'm really glad he was able to come, but it won't be until after I beat Bethe and go home and go back to the hotel and look at myself in the mirror for the first time, like he was saying — that's the moment it all hits you. [Tyson] knows better than anyone what that moment is like."

Tyson is confident that Rousey will come out on top August 1.

"Listen, if you want to become anything close to being a god, the first thing you've got to know how to do is know how to decimate," Tyson said. "If you're a god, you have to know how to decimate, and that's what she does. It would be very easy for her to have a big head, [to say,] 'I can beat anybody in this world.' I don't know. Maybe she's a likeness of a god." 

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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