āIron Mikeā was considered by many as the baddest man alive during his heyday inside the squared-circle, so he certainly knows a thing or two about fighting. However, he also understands plenty about retiring too late, and thatās exactly what he believes Emelianenko is doing.
Tyson also chimes in about the possible PED problem that might be running rampant in the sport of MMA.
āFedor Emelianenko, my favorite of all time,ā Tyson told HDNetās Inside MMA. āHeās always been the underdog, heās always the smallest guy and he always comes out victorious. He just stayed around too long in the age of high performance [-enhancing] drugs, bigger athletes. Iāve just never seen an athlete like him, as far as a fighting athlete, that beat the odds so many times.
ā[From] a guy that just loves him from a human perspective, I donāt want to see him get hurt anymore. He didnāt get hurt, but those guys could have hurt him ā the big guy that was hitting him, [Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva]. I donāt like to see that. A guy thatās been in there so long, and heās not the same as he used to be and you see him getting beat up, thatās a bad feeling.ā
At one point during Emelianenkoās illustrious career, he had rattled off 27 consecutive victories. MMAās heavyweight G.O.A.T. owns a 33-4 (1 NC) professional record, but some will asterisk his accomplishments because he never fought in the UFC.