Posted by TheBestEVER
If Tyson was trained in MMA in his prime, wow he would without a doubt have caused the first death in the cage. Imagine a punch to the jaw by Tyson with mma gloves..... Thats scary
TheBestEVER said it straight. Any pro boxer would do some serious mayhem against the best MMA fighters. Now, having said that I mean that a pro boxer must take the time to work his ground game the same way that a wrestler, muay thai, or brazilian jiu-jitsu (i.e. Matt Hughes, Anderson Silva, Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Andrei Arlovski, etc.) work their boxing skills with renowned trainers such as Freddie Roach. A boxer would most certainly even the playing field by working in American Top Team or the Miletich camps. They would not need to have black belts in BJJ. Does Lesnar or Carwin have even a white belt? Hell no. Those guys are beasts.
Now imagine a young Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir & Vitali Klitschko, Tommy Morrison, George Foreman, Micky Ward and Roberto Duran to name a few, with some sprawl and dirty boxing skills. They already know how to "dirty box", it's just that the sport of boxing does not allow the roughhousing tactics. The aforementioed fighters were savages and heavy-handed beasts in the the ring. Those are some big boys with 4 ounce gloves.
When people say that a boxer would not last in MMA, they are always refering to a stand-up boxer without any ground training. Without the ground training, if they hit the floor, it would look similar to when Royce Gracie was defeating everybody back in the early days. When he got his opponent on the ground they did not know how to work their way out of such a tight situation. This is why he beat the heavier opponents such as Shamrock, Kimo and Gordeau, etc. to name a few.
Wrestlers, kickboxers, boxers, and the like, back then, were at a disadvantage when it came to ground fighting.
MMA has evolved into a real sport, and nowadays, there is not a Gracie on the planet who can beat Matt Hughes, Brock Lesnar, or Shane Carwin. These guys know how to sprawl, dirty box, roll, spin, and of course, GROUND 'N POUND! Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a very technical, yet efficient submission art. Wrestlers and boxers are the much more phsically powerful individuals.
If you do not believe me go look at what Carwin did to Gonzaga and Mir; Hughes did to the Gracie cousins; Liddell beat any BJJ, it was the stand-up fighters who have given him the fits his last few fights; of course Lesnar's demolishing of Mir. Silva, Sonnen, Jackson, Edgars, the list goes on.
So yes, just about any boxer would be good as long as he is willing to incorporate a real ground game into his arsenal.
You don't seem to want to accept the fact you're dealing with an expert in guerrilla warfare, with a man who's the best, with guns, with knives, with his bare hands. A man who's been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat puke. In Vietnam his job was to dispose of enemy personnel. To kill! Period! Win by attrition. Well Rambo was the best. - Colonel Trautman