On Monday, October 7th, Mike Tyson was the prestigious guest on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show. For about twenty minutes, the legendary boxer talked about current events in the world of mixed martial arts, with a debrief about UFC 243 where Israel Adesanya took home the middleweight belt by stopping Robert Whittaker in the second round.
When asked about Conor McGregor's recent actions, Iron Mike was understanding towards the former two-time UFC champion. According to him, one explanation lies in the fact that promising young combatants can receive huge sums of money very quickly, and reach star status, and not know how to deal with the situation.
‘You know, Conor has to look inside himself and say and do this: “What happened? Why am I the way I am? How do I stop this from continuing to be?
'Listen, we don't know how to handle this stuff. We've got millions of dollars. We never had this. Our family never had this. We've never been around this life. All of a sudden you start fighting dudes and you love to do it and it looks easy. All of a sudden they give you a lot of money for doing it.
But you don't have no restraint or no control. You don't know what to do. You give it away and you buy people gifts who don't deserve to get gifts. You just don't know what to do with it and you feel like you don't deserve it.’
Since his last defeat against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, Conor McGregor has distinguished himself outside the octagon by his impulsive behaviour, which in no way is leading him to a return to the UFC anytime soon. After smashing one of his fans' phones, the Irishman will soon be tried for hitting an old man in a Dublin bar.
An act that angered all Notorious fans, who now don’t think they’ll see the Irishman ever return to the top of the game in the sport that made him famous.