Earlier this month, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell caused quite the debate within the combat sports community.

“The Iceman” suggested in a recent interview with Ed Mylett that he would beat boxing heavyweight legend Mike Tyson in a streetfight. Here’s what Liddell had to say.

“In a street fight, I’d win,” Liddell told Ed Mylett. “I mean, he’s got a puncher’s chance. He’s got a chance to catch me coming in. But other than that, it’s over.”

Now, Liddell has taken to social media to double down on these claims, responding to fans on Twitter for his comments. Liddell clarified his comments were geared towards when he and Tyson were both in the prime of their fighting careers, not their current selves now.

Look 1) I’m talking about when we were fighting 2) I’d take him down so he’d have one shot on my way in 3) I’m a big fan of mike and have no desire to fight him. But hypothetically speaking, when we were fighting, yes I would’ve beat him!”

I remember Tyson and I’m a huge fan of his but I’m not sure why biting Holyfield’s ear off makes him a better street fighter or better at stopping takedowns?”

He won’t get three minutes I’d shoot right away. He had no ground training or takedown defense training at all. So he’d have to catch me on the way in or he’d never get off the ground period!”

Of course, Tyson’s days of fighting are long behind him, so there’s no true possibility of ever finding out what would happen. However, Liddell comes off a knockout loss to Tito Ortiz in a widely criticized trilogy bout between the pair that was put on by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy MMA promotion. Despite the vicious knockout loss, Liddell has still not definitively shut the door on fighting.

What do you think about Liddell’s comments regarding a street fight with Tyson?


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