Mike Tyson has insisted that the only way Conor McGregor could ever beat him in a UFC fight would be… by standing on his feet.
The 54-year-old claims he would beat the Irishman in a boxing match but says he would never enter the Octagon due to his fear of his opponents standing on his feet.
Tyson says his biggest downfall on the UFC stage would be his foot phobia as he ‘would just give up’ if they were stood on, having previously labelled himself as having the ‘worst feet in the world’.
Mike Tyson says Conor McGregor could only beat him in a UFC fight by standing on his feet
When asked about a potential fight against former two-weight champion McGregor, Tyson kindly declined.
He said on the Dan Patrick Show: ‘I don’t think I want to do that. Not because Conor might kick my a**, it’s just because Conor has the right to step on my feet.
‘If anybody steps on my feet I’m tapping out. He doesn’t need to hit me. If he steps on my feet when we get out the ring it’s gonna be a problem.
‘Then we’ll have some police involved. We’ll have the lawyer involved. It’s gonna be ugly.’
Tyson previously explained his fear of an opponent stepping on his feet in an interview with GQ Sports last year. He said: ‘I don’t know what I would do in the UFC.
‘Because I watched the UFC a couple of times, and I watched these guys step on people’s feet. And I have the worst feet in the world.
‘If somebody steps on my feet, I would totally tap out. I would just give up, it would be a no-brainer.’
Tyson says he would give up against retired UFC star McGregor if he tried to step on his feet
The boxing legend is, however, coming out of retirement to take on Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition showdown on September 12 behind closed doors in California.
Tyson won 44 of his bouts by knockout and was a two-time world heavyweight champion during his career.
However, it is unlikely that Tyson will add to his knockout tally against Jones as the pair are banned from hurting each other, with the fight being abandoned if it is deemed too violent.
Although Jones insists he will remain wary over fighting Iron Mike despite the safety precautions in place.
He said: ‘For me, I know how to have fun in the ring and try to make it the best that I can make it.
‘But at the same time, Mike knows one way. It’s like playing with a pitbull pup… He’ll play, but he’ll get lost because all he knows is [to] go at it. So that’s all Mike knows, to go at it. So I’ve got to be prepared for whatever Mike comes out with.
‘Now, I want to box, have a good time and give people a good show, as well but Mike ain’t ordinary. He’s not that person that can go out and do that. All he knows is to take your head off.’
Tyson is preparing for an exhibition comeback against Roy Jones Jr (above) in September
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