Former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson has taken a more optimistic approach in looking at the careers of former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and current featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
Both Rousey and McGregor are seen as the UFC’s biggest draws and personalities, and both fighters held an aura of invincibility, given their respective win streaks.
“Rowdy” held a 12-0 record in her professional mixed martial arts career and ended all her fights by stoppage since entering the UFC in 2013, before she was viciously knocked out by former champion Holly Holm in the second round of their main event bout at UFC 193 last November in Melbourne, Australia.
McGregor, on the other hand, experienced his first UFC loss since entering the company in 2013 and his first professional loss since 2010 when he was forced to submission by former lightweight contender Nate Diaz, also in the second round of their main event bout at UFC 196 on Saturday night.
“The Notorious” jumped up two weight classes heavier and fought Diaz in a non-title welterweight bout.
In his most recent appearance on “The Jim Rome Show” (via Bloody Elbow), “Iron Mike” shared his opinions about both Rousey and McGregor. For Rousey, Tyson believes it was her ego being “bruised” that causes her pain as of the moment but also believes she would come out victorious against newly crowned champion Miesha Tate.
“Now she’s going to get ready to fight the girl that just beat Holly Holm and most likely she’s going to beat that woman,” Tyson said.
For McGregor, on the other hand, Tyson echoed everyone’s general statements that the Irishman had gone up in weight too fast. He also noted the importance of not giving up and not letting a setback such as a loss be a deterrent to move forward.
“That’s what fighting is all about, learning from our mistakes, improving our mistakes, and improving ourselves,” Tyson said. “Not giving up.”