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Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by Miike on Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:37 am



Tyson will be providing some analysis and commentary for the GLORY 19 broadcast on Spike TV and will be present at the event in Hampton, Virginia to see the clash go down. Yesterday he was in a TV studio in Las Vegas filming some segments for the broadcast at the same time as Verhoeven and Zimmerman were meeting with GLORY executives in Amsterdam.

The company took advantage of the opportunity to set up a conversation between Tyson and the two heavyweights, although Verhoeven and Zimmerman conducted their conversations with the former heavyweight boxing champion separately.

In fact they refused to be in the same room together for any of yesterday's meetings at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam, according to a Dutch newspaper report.

"Mike Tyson was one of my idols. I was too young to see him fight live but I did see one of his very last fights live. [Mostly I have watched him on YouTube]. He was good; one blow would knock guys to the canvas," said Verhoeven.

Zimmerman, a famed power-puncher who is nicknamed ‘The Bonecrusher' for good reason, sees similarities between his own approach and Tyson's.

"He did not win on points. He wanted to take his opponents out in the ring, just like me," he said. "I can't believe we were able to talk. We had a good conversation, it was like I had known him for many years. It was really a very nice conversation."

Zimmerman did however refuse to give Tyson any details when ‘Iron Mike' asked what the gameplan would be for the fight against Verhoeven. "I cannot say anything about it, there are other people [in this room here, listening]," he said.

A connection between Zimmerman and Tyson already existed via the former's recently deceased coach Ramon Dekkers, a legend in the Muay Thai world for racking up thrilling victories in Thailand at a time when it was thought no European could ever win there.

"Ramon met Tyson in Manchester [at the 2006 WCFC event]. A photograph of the two of them still hangs in my room. I think that it is a huge honor to have Mike Tyson talk about our fight."

Tyson has watched tape of both fighters and has complimented Zimmerman's explosiveness - "He's a time-bomb in there" - and Verhoeven's technicality. "If you win this fight, you belong to the greats of this sport," Tyson told the defending champion.

Verhoeven, who's second daughter was born earlier this week, was very pleased with the conversation. "I'm at a very positive time in my life. He can see that and I am proud of it. My goal is to take this sport to a higher level, including in image. Kickboxing deserves [a better profile] and Tyson fully agreed."

GLORY 19 takes place Friday, February 6 in Hampton, Virginia, USA and airs live on Spike TV in the US, The Fight Network in Canada and BT Sport in the UK.

The card also features a four-man Welterweight Contender Tournament to determine who will challenge ‘Bazooka' Joe Valtellini for the title. Nieky Holzken, Alexander Stetcurenko, Raymond ‘Real Deal' Daniels and Jonathan Oliveira feature.

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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by TeamJohnPerretti on Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:47 am

Good move.

Tyson being on the GLORY broadcast will bring publicity for the promotion.
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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by Dorch on Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:48 am

I like Tyson, cool news

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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by Miike on Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:58 am

Mike Tyson is awesome. Would be great if this is permanent and not just for Glory 19, he is very knowledgeable about fighting.

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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by nodogoshi on Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:03 pm

It would be cool if it were permanent. But I don't think Tyson is the sort to commit to something like that. Just not his personality type. 

Also, I can't see Tyson traveling all over the place to commentate kickboxing.

I just don't see that being something Tyson would do.

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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by Miike on Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:13 pm

nodogoshi wrote:It would be cool if it were permanent. But I don't think Tyson is the sort to commit to something like that. Just not his personality type. 

Also, I can't see Tyson traveling all over the place to commentate kickboxing.

I just don't see that being something Tyson would do.

You're right, probably not. Maybe just for shows in America. I also like the idea of him interviewing some of the fighters like he did with Errol and Verhoeven (even though it was via skype).

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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by fka on Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:38 pm

Good luck trying to understand a word he says lol.....going to need a translator

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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by stu3ufc on Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:48 pm

no offense but Glory are reported to be in debt struggling and please tell me how they can afford mike tyson when that last man standing ppv ruined them for 6 months.

Glory need to start off small and build not do stupid shit like scott coker style throw money at things and hope it works

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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by TeamJohnPerretti on Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:51 pm

Honestly I have no problem at all understanding Tyson when he speaks.

Look forward to him being a part of the GLORY broadcast.
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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by Dorch on Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:58 pm

fka wrote:Good luck trying to understand a word he says lol.....going to need a translator

I understand Tyson perfectly fine though

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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by Miike on Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:14 pm

I have no problem understanding Tyson either and English isn't even my native language.

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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by iforgotmypassword on Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:15 pm

Glory is as good as dead. They should have never came to America. So dumb. Douche Bros dont understand the fine arts.

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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by rezin on Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:42 pm

^ Yup.

As far as Tyson, I doubt he particularly cares for the kicking sports.

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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by stu3ufc on Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:58 pm

I really hope GLORY doesnt turn into some B rate american kickboxing org like a lion fight or legacy kickboxing.

I wanna see the best in Glory not these B rate american kickboxers


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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by Rizin=PRIDEFC on Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:59 pm

LOL do you remember when UFC added subtitles for James Toney.
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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by stu3ufc on Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:59 pm

Hey Legend when is the next Legend?

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Post by Rizin=PRIDEFC on Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:22 pm

stu3ufc wrote:Hey Legend when is the next Legend?
And I would like to know that!Very Happy
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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by stu3ufc on Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:45 pm

LEGENDMMA=PRIDEFC wrote:
stu3ufc wrote:Hey Legend when is the next Legend?
And I would like to know that!Very Happy

i thought they announced all there dates for a stacked 2015 .... then heard nothing Sad fuck

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Re: Mike Tyson joins Glory 19 broadcasting team!

Post by CDF47 on Tue Jan 20, 2015 6:27 pm

LEGENDMMA=PRIDEFC wrote:LOL do you remember when UFC added subtitles for James Toney.

Yes, I do. I can understand Iron Mike but some of those James Toney subtitles were needed.

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