Former undisputed world boxing heavyweight champ Mike Tyson has never been one to hold his tongue; zippered-lips champion he ain’t. Give the former “Baddest Man On The Planet” most subject matters to dissect, and you can bet your bottom dollar he’ll speak on it; eloquently and forthrightly too.

And it was no different when he character lauded the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) triumvirate of Conor McGregor, Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey whilst speaking to Fighters Only per MMAmania:

“Conor is very charismatic. Jon Jones is bad, but deep down he’s a decent kind of person and very shy. Whereas this guy, Conor, he’s the man. He reminds me of the old-time boxers, one of those guys that’s just into everything. He walks into the room and everybody stands up. He sucks the air out of the room. He’s just a really interesting guy. He does things nobody else has been able to do, too. He’s kind of like an animated character, one that’s real though. He’s a great fighter, but his personality is even bigger than his talent. Isn’t that crazy? He’s got this huge personality. Nobody in MMA has ever had a personality as big as his. Ronda [Rousey] is just like a monster. The things she would do, but this guy is different. His personality is phenomenal.”

Most Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) savants are privy to the fact that McGregor (19-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) is the foremost jewel in the UFC crown — magniloquence, brash, self-confidence, and arrant publicist are just a few of the adjectives synonymous with “The Notorious One.”

For “Mystic Mac,” any day in front of the camera is his magnum opus. Verbally he’s that good; literary gunslinger of the MMA stratosphere. With said adjectives and verbal dexterity, the featherweight king has gotten to line the coffers of both his and the promotions pockets.

In contrast to the Hibernian, “Bones” Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC) is much more laid back in his vocal approach, unless of course, you go by the name of Daniel Cormier — his arch-rival.

Nonetheless, the erstwhile 205-pound kingpin has had several brushes with the law; hit-and-run, DUI, probation violation and a stint in jail. No wonder Tyson believes his fellow New Yorker is bad; the Brooklynite can probably see a bit of his old self in Jones. That said, the shy and decent Jones, well who’s gonna argue with “Iron” Mike?

Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) on the other hand is the closest to McGregor regarding gift of the gab. Before he hit gold with the Zuffa-based promotion, she was its golden goose.

Still and all, prior to her demise at the hands of Holly Holm, “Rowdy” sat atop the women’s bantamweight division with an air of insuperability, and with good reason; the Calif., native employed, intimidation, skillset and brute force to reign supreme over her fellow 135ers.

All told, in his day, and at the peak of his career, Tyson had those same attributes entwined in his overall makeup; charisma, bad boy and an inimitable monster-like presence in the ring — alluring features that make him an authority of sorts on the characteristic traits of the trio.


Jones is tapped to meet Ovince St. Preux for the interim light heavyweight strap at UFC 197, April 23.
McGregor is slated to rematch Nate Diaz, July 9, at UFC 200.
However, there’s no set date for Rousey’s return to the eight-walled cage.

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Nedu Obi

Nedu graduated from London Metropolitan University and has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing and Media Studies. He is a fervent freelance writer/blogger and a wordsmith provocateur. His hobbies/interests are centred on MMA, Boxing, Football, Current Events and the Arts. He’s also a keen roller skater and marshals for the LFNS (London Friday Night Skate). "Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind". - George Orwell