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Mike Tyson says he's fan of MMA

London, Thu, 02 Feb 2012 ANI

London, Feb 2 (ANI): Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has revealed that he loves MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) during an interview on US cable television.


"MMA is on the rise now," the Mirror quoted Tyson as saying on HDNet's 'Inside MMA' show.


"Boxing needs a real dominant superstar to get them out the doldrums.


"Until then MMA is gonna keep rising because they're very attractive and entertaining and they put the people in their seats.


"That's what people want, they want to be entertained."


Tyson, a legend in the sport of boxing, has been seen at many UFC events and explained how he enjoyed watching, if not participating, in the sport.


"I think it's an awesome sport," he said.


"What makes it awesome more than anything is because it's entertaining. It makes the people happy and that's why it's so spectacular in this country and around the world."


Tyson's fighting days may be a thing of the past, but the idea of MMA is one that certainly appeals to him as a former fighter.


"Fighting alone is not gonna make me feel comfortable no more, doing that stuff. But it is interesting.


"Imagine being in a fight with somebody and the only thing you can do is box them - and if his hands are superior to yours you're dead meat.


"So why not grab somebody and throw them down, or put them in a headlock? That's pretty interesting!


"What scares me more than anything is they stomp on your toes. If they stomped on my toes, I'd surrender!" he added. (ANI)


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