â€śIron Mikeâ€ť 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 thatâ€™s 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.
â€śFedor Emelianenko, my favorite of all time,â€ť Tyson told HDNetâ€™s Inside MMA. â€śHeâ€™s always been the underdog, heâ€™s 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. Iâ€™ve just never seen an athlete like him, as far as a fighting athlete, that beat the odds so many times.
â€ś[From] a guy that just loves him from a human perspective, I donâ€™t want to see him get hurt anymore. He didnâ€™t get hurt, but those guys could have hurt him â€“ the big guy that was hitting him, [Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva]. I donâ€™t like to see that. A guy thatâ€™s been in there so long, and heâ€™s not the same as he used to be and you see him getting beat up, thatâ€™s a bad feeling.â€ť
At one point during Emelianenkoâ€™s illustrious career, he had rattled off 27 consecutive victories. MMAâ€™s 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.