VIDEO | Roots of Fight – Mike Tyson
By Red Mattos:
Roots of Fight has released a teaser trailer for their short film on Iron Mike Tyson, and the early stages of his pugilistic pursuits. This was back when the closest thing to an MMA fighter was Ryu from âStreet Fighterâ. The trailer has snippets of some of Tysons earlier fights interspersed with renowned MMA stars.
Forrest Griffin â currently slated to face Tito Ortiz for a third, and God willing last, time at UFC 148 – talked about growing up and watching the legend: âTyson was just, you know, the legend, the myth. People today- they donât get it, but if you were alive in that era and you saw the fights and you heard about itâŠ everybody talked about it. It was a big deal. He was an icon.â
Stephan Bonner- last seen getting a decision over Kyle Kingsbury at UFC 139- marveled at his seemingly limitless power. âMike Tyson had tremendous power, and he could knock you out with anything, man. The hook, the uppercut, the overhand, going to the bodyâŠâ
Randy Couture âlast seen as an Expendable – mentioned enjoying trips down memory lane: âItâs fun now, to watch those old Tyson fights. Just how dang explosive he was and, I mean, itâs just like, guys didnât have a chance.â
Urijah Faber – currently coaching on TUF, opposite Dominic Cruz – recalls being mesmerized by Tysonâs near super human indestructability: âMike Tyson, when I was a kid, was the first guy that youâd feel like, âthat guy is invincibleâ.â
Tyson truly was a larger than life character in the boxing world and his actions (inside the ring) surely inspired many a fighter and terrified the rest. The short film is coming soon.