Mike Tyson claims he can beat UFC superstar Conor McGregor

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Those are fighting words.

Legendary boxing champ Mike Tyson has laughed off a hypothetical challenge from ex-UFC champion Conor McGregor, claiming that McGregor would pose no threat as long as they fought under boxing rules.

Tyson returns to the ring with an eight-round exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr in California on September 12th.

McGregor has showered praise on Tyson in the past:

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I went to see Mike Tyson last night in the Helix, Dublin, Ireland. I love and respect Mike Tyson. And I love the Helix. I won my first World Title here, and also my second. It was good to meet you Mike. You spoke some things about me in the past which I did not like and I was happy to speak to you face to face, put it to bed and have some fun. You are in good spirits and I was happy to see this! I will always have the height of respect for you! Some decisions you have made around your finances I do not agree with. As a fighter you must fight here. The most. And this is a fight that never ends. It is even a fight that we pass on to our next in line. Our blood line. Make sure you stay switched on with those around you at all times. You have good people around you now, I can tell. But stay switched on. Your Marijuana strain that you grow on your own ranch “KO Kush” is really nice. It was an honour to taste it and I wish you and your team all the best with this endeavor. Just remember, if someone tries to rip you. Rip their nose off their face. You are a fighting icon and deserve endless love and respect! And from me, you will always have it! Don’t let anyone take anything from you. You owe nobody nothing. It is you who is owed. Always remember that. I love you Mike! Iron Mike Tyson! Here is an iconic photograph as a gift from me to you, from head photographer at @mcgregorproductions , @ginger_beard_photos

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Despite being 22 years younger, and a former two-weight champion in the Octagon, Tyson feels his weight advantage over lightweight McGregor, would give him the edge.

Tyson went on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon to discuss the hypothetical scenario:

I’m gonna kick his ass anyways

Tyson talking about fighting Conor McGregor on Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

The one and only Iron Mike Tyson. One of the greatest to ever do it.

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