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Old 02-18-2014, 10:58 PM   #31
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It was all a work anyway.

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Old 02-18-2014, 11:08 PM   #32
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LOL, like he would fly from Russia to Denver to compete in a sport that he didn't know, as if the Russian gov't would let their prize do something like that, and all for a measly $50k, which is about enough to feed Karelin for a couple days.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:13 PM   #33
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who was the best Combat Sambo fighter in the world at the time? It's the closest art to MMA so I'd favor them against someone who exclusively trained a traditional martial art.

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Old 02-18-2014, 11:29 PM   #34
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This is the matchup I would have loved to see. Tyson was a rare breed. Maybe one of the most dominating heavyweights who just intimidated the hell out of everyone. He was also a smaller heavyweight (5'11, 215 lbs) so the size difference wouldn't have been that much. I think Tyson was still in jail at the time so it never would have happened. Tyson is a big MMA fan and has gone to the fights with Dana. I'm sure Ariel or someone else has asked him how he would have done in MMA.
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"Well, in '93, I was in prison, so there wouldn’t have been a fight, but there is no way I would have won,” said Tyson. “I had no idea what was going on with that type of fighting and would’ve been taken by surprise. I would have had to train in that particular art of fighting before that happened. That’s a particular art. You’re not going to go in there with just your hand and not have a great ground game. You also need a great wrestling game to be successful, and you won’t be exciting, as well. You have to have both games. You have to know how to wrestle and box. That’s just the truth."
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:44 PM   #35
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This is the matchup I would have loved to see. Tyson was a rare breed. Maybe one of the most dominating heavyweights who just intimidated the hell out of everyone. He was also a smaller heavyweight (5'11, 215 lbs) so the size difference wouldn't have been that much. I think Tyson was still in jail at the time so it never would have happened. Tyson is a big MMA fan and has gone to the fights with Dana. I'm sure Ariel or someone else has asked him how he would have done in MMA.
They have and he has consistently answered that he would lose, he knew nothing about groundfighting at the time.

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