Mike Tyson visits UFC show, praises MMA’s appeal

Mike Tyson is making a visit to the UFC’s octagon for an up-close look at mixed martial arts.

Mike Tyson is making a visit to the UFC’s octagon for an up-close look at mixed martial arts. Tyson will appear Wednesday night on an episode of "The Ultimate Fighter," the UFC’s popular reality show on Spike TV. The former heavyweight champion spoke with show coaches Georges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck while checking out the UFC’s gym and training techniques. Tyson is a longtime MMA fan with strong opinions on the sport. In an interview with The Associated Press, he criticizes former boxing champion James Toney for being unprepared for his fight with Randy Couture in late August, but also says a boxer could thrive in MMA with the proper training. That boxer won’t be Tyson, however. The 44-year-old has no plans to fight again in either sport. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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