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Mike Tyson and Jon Jones boxing and Tyson sets him up for sick uppercut (Video)

Former world heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson and current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones saw each other over the weekend and decided to have a little impromptu boxing sparring session. We’ll give you one guess regarding the outcome.

Jones posted this great video to his Instagram account and you can see Tyson throw three jabs before sneaking in a right uppercut that would have terminated Bones. The setup was as good as something seen in “The Sting.”

Tyson throws a stiff jab to the body and then throws it a second time. But on the second jab to the body, Tyson telegraphs it so Jones is only focusing on the jab, and then he sneaks in his right for a big uppercut that would have rocked Jones.

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Tyson obviously held back on the uppercut, but Jones and everyone “oooh’d” and “awww’d” over the Tyson punch. Even Jones admitted “he set that one up!”

The vicious uppercut was Tyson’s signature knockout punch back when he was in his prime and tearing down opponents with first-round knockouts in the ’80s. Tyson was also one of the most well-schooled boxers in the sport. He was smart, savvy and technically proficient. Most people look at him as just a brute, but this video shows you how he was just as much about smarts as power.

And how good was that combo? When I sent the video to Steve DelVecchio, he admitted he couldn’t even see the knockout punch. That’s that abbra-caddabra, holmes. Tyson has you focusing on one thing and forgetting about the other.

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Ronda Rousey compares herself to Mike Tyson

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey doesn’t just beat her opponents, she dominates them. The UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion has won all 10 of her UFC fights by knockout, with nine of the wins coming in the first round. Her most recent fight lasted just 16 seconds. Does Rousey’s ferocity remind you of a certain famous boxer?

Some have argued that Rousey’s dominance is bad for women’s mixed martial arts, as people will become bored if she is not challenged. When discussing that issue recently, Rousey pointed out that no one got bored with Mike Tyson.

“Mike Tyson had some serious competition too, don’t forget. It wasn’t always easy,” Rousey told Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. “People knew from those fights to get there immediately. You never know what’s going to happen in one of my fights, either. That’s the advantage I have over my opponents and what draws the fans in so much. From the second my fight starts to the second it’s over, nobody sits down.”

[WATCH: Ronda Rousey knocks out Alexis Davis in 16 seconds]

UFC boss Dana White shared some similar thoughts, also comparing Rousey’s fights to Tyson’s.

“(That’s) like saying they should have had some better fights for Mike Tyson,” White said. “The Tyson era was one of the most awesome eras in boxing history.

“You hear Ronda Rousey’s last fight went 16 seconds and you’re like, ‘Sixteen seconds?’ But what she did in those 16 seconds was un … believable. For 16 seconds, she traded punches, knocked [Alexis Davis] out with one, caught her under her arm, kneed her to the stomach, threw her and then hit her with about 15 punches. That all happened in 16 seconds.”

Tyson won 50 of his 58 fights, and 44 of those wins came via knockout. Rousey has a long way to go before she can be compared to one of the greatest champions of all time, but we see the point. UFC fans boo mercilessly when fighters dance around for 15 minutes before making an actual attempt to hit their opponent or take them down. Complaining about Rousey’s dominance makes no sense.

Mike Tyson throws out weak first pitch at Pirates game (Video)

Mike Tyson PiratesIt’s safe to say that Mike Tyson packs a lot more punch on his legendary uppercut than his baseball throws.

Iron Mike was in Pittsburgh Thursday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Pirates-Brewers game. Tyson is in Pittsburgh because his promotion company, Iron Mike Promotions, is making its Showtime network debut with an April 18 Pittsburgh-area card.

He met some of the Pirates players before the game, and then he sprinted out onto the mound to throw out the first pitch, which was somewhat of a dud.

Maybe he didn’t want to hurt anyone with his throw, but we know he could have done much better than that!

Here he is meeting with some of the Buccos:

Mike Tyson kicked Don King in the head because ‘you don’t turn your back on a jealous cokehead’

Mike-Tyson-Floyd-Mayweather-Manny-Pacquiao-JailIf the demented backstory behind Mike Tyson is something that interests you, I strongly recommend buying his new book “Undisputed Truth.” In it, Tyson talks about everything from his childhood to his fighting career to the time he hit rock bottom. The former heavyweight champion also documents his frightening cocaine addiction.

In a must-read excerpt from the book that Deadspin passed along, Tyson tells a story about the time Don King offered him a $20 million settlement to become his promoter again. One thing led to another and Tyson packed a “big block of coke and a duffel bag with a half-pound of reefer” and flew on King’s private jet down to meet him.

When Tyson was “higher than the plane was” during the flight, he said it occurred to him that he was the one who paid for the plane and that King was acting like he was doing him a favor. We’ll let him tell you what happened after he landed Fort Lauderdale.

The drugs were playing with my head and I was freaking out and getting jealous.

Don picked us up at the private airport in his Rolls and he had Isadore Bolton, who used to be my chauffeur before he stole him from me, driving some of Don’s associates in the lead car. We were driving down to Miami from Fort Lauderdale on the I-95. Don said some innocuous thing, and all that jealousy and rage spilled out of me and I kicked him in his f—ing head. Boom! You don’t turn your back on a jealous cokehead.”

Tyson said he then began choking King from the back seat and caused him to swerve onto the media. When Tyson got out to hop in the front seat so he could kick King’s ass some more, he wisely sped off and left Iron Mike and his close friend Jackie Rowe on the side of the highway. That’s when Isadore, the aforementioned driver, came back to pick them up and Tyson socked him too.

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Mike Tyson reveals struggles with alcohol and drug addiction (Video)

Mike-TysonFor the most part, people look at Mike Tyson and see him as a person who has managed to clean up his act. As someone who has been arrested on rape charges and was once the most feared fighter in the world, Tyson has shown us a softer side over the past several years with his light-hearted appearances in movies like “The Hangover.” However, he is still struggling with addiction.

In his first press conference after his promotional debut on “Friday Night Fights,” Tyson referred to himself as a “vicious alcoholic” and revealed that he is battling some serious addictions. Bad Left Hook transcribed the former Heavyweight Champion’s powerful quotes:

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Mike Tyson says he couldn’t even beat Glass Joe in ‘Punch-Out’

Mike-TysonAny kid who grew up in the 1980s or ’90s and played video games has probably spiked their controller once or twice while trying to defeat Mike Tyson in “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!” It was no easy task, and beating guys like Glass Joe certainly didn’t prepare you for the challenge.

Tyson himself even struggled to beat his own character in the legendary game series. In fact, the former heavyweight champion says he straight up stunk at the game.

“I couldn’t even beat Glass f—ing Joe, you know what I mean?” Tyson told TMZ earlier this week. “I didn’t even play the game. I’m a late bloomer. I started playing games in 2006 and 2007. Tour of Duty — I play the zombies, I like the zombies.”

I’m pretty sure Mike means he likes to play “Call of Duty,” which includes a feature where you can shoot zombies. Either way, it’s not really surprising that he never got into “Punch-Out.” Tyson’s game was released when he was at the peak of his fighting career, and at that point all he was focused on was destroying everything in his path. The Tyson we have grown to love now that pulls April Fool’s pranks on people is a totally different creature.

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Mike Tyson on Luis Suarez biting an opponent: ‘It happens’

Luis-Suarez-biteLiverpool striker Luis Suarez has a biting problem. The 26-year-old has been at the center of a number of controversies throughout his career, but the biting seems to generate the most buzz. As you can see from the video above, Suarez appeared to bite Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in the arm during a match over the weekend. In November of 2010, Suarez was given a seven-game ban by the Dutch FA for biting a different opponent.

As a result of his most recent incident, Suarez has been slapped with a massive fine from his club. An investigation from the FA will determine how long his latest ban will be, but it is expected to be quite significant.

Now onto the good stuff. Mike Tyson recently decided to start following Suarez on Twitter. See the connection there? During an appearance on “The David Glenn Show” on Monday, Iron Mike was asked about it.

“I just sort of got on the the Twitter thing and I said hey, um, this is an interesting guy, let me follow him, check him out, see what his journey’s all about,” Tyson explained, via The Big Lead. “You know, he bit somebody, you know it happens, you know what I mean? I’m sure he made amends with his guy, I made amends with Evander (Holyfield), and we go on with our lives.”

I’m sure Suarez can take comfort knowing that he’s not the only professional athlete in the world who can be classified as a “biter.” It does appear that Tyson and Holyfield have buried the hatchet judging by jokes like this, but Suarez’s incident is a bit more fresh.

For what it’s worth, Ivanovic has not accepted Suarez apology. Perhaps he will some day. If Holyfield can get over Tyson nearly costing him an ear, I’m sure Ivanovic will get past some bite marks on his arm. That being said, Suarez needs to go.