Mike Tyson (#1532) on the Joe Rogan Experience

Key Takeaways

  • When Mike Tyson was 11, he was sent to a detention center. One day, the center played a movie about Muhammad Ali. After the film finished, Muhammad Ali walked in and talked to the young boys.
    • Within a couple of months after meeting Ali, Mike was training to be a boxer:
    • “I knew I was going to be successful. I knew everything was going to go right. I knew it. It was in my blood. I was only a kid but I said I want to be like that guy [Muhammad Ali].”Mike Tyson 
  •  Getting in shape and being in fighting condition are two different things:
    • “Getting in shape is able to fit your clothes, you know that’s getting in shape… Being in condition is being able to come outside of your soul.” – Mike Tyson
  • Mike went vegan for a few years but stopped a few months ago. He eats a lot of elk and bison meat. There are certain foods Mike avoids because it’s not good for his body or blood type (e.g: kale):
    • “Kale will kill me…Kale is toxic to my blood.”Mike Tyson
  • Mike enjoys fighting because sometimes it arouses him:
    • “Sometimes it’s orgasmic” – Mike Tyson
      • “What does it mean when fighting gets you erect?” 
  • “Impossible is nothing to somebody that tries. Everything that somebody said was impossible has happened.” Mike Tyson
  • “Delusion is only delusion when you don’t accomplish the goal of making your delusions a reality”Mile Tyson
  • “I am a conqueror now because I conquered myself and my demons”Mike Tyson

Intro

Books Mentioned

Getting Back In The Ring

  • The last time Mike Tyson was on Joe Rogan’s podcast, Mike said he had stopped working out because he gets too competitive and once he triggers his inner beast it becomes almost impossible to control
    • But since Mike wasn’t working out, he started gaining weight. One day, his wife suggested that Mike gets on the treadmill for 15 minutes a day. But that soon turned into 2 hours a day. 
      • Around that time, Mike got a message about possibly getting back in the ring for a fight for $30 to 40 million
        • The first fighter Mike was offered was Bob Sapp. Then something happened and multiple other fighters were offered, but eventually, the deal landed with Roy Jones Jr.
          • “He signed the contract. I signed the contract. Next thing you know I’m in the gym again and it’s disastrous.” – Mike Tyson
  • Mike didn’t take the fight because of the money, he’s donating his earnings to charity, he took the fight because he loves fighting. In fact, Mike sees himself doing multiple fights:
    • “I believe this is just going to be the beginning” – Mike Tyson
  • Mike’s fight is November 28th, 2020 

Getting Back In Shape

  • Getting in shape and being in fighting condition are two different things:
    • “Getting in shape is able to fit your clothes, you know that’s getting in shape… Being in condition is being able to come outside of your soul.” – Mike Tyson
      • You also have to prepare mentally for a fight
  • Mike is training every day except Sunday. 
  • Here’s how his typical morning looks like:
    • Wake up at 5:30 am for a 4-mile run
    • Shower 
    • Take care of his birds
    • Do ab exercises
    • Make breakfast 
      • At 1 pm, Mike heads to the gym to train
  • At 54, Mike has to focus on recovery just as much as training. He does:
    • Stem cells
    • Cryotherapy
    • Zero gravity training
    • Hyperbaric chambers
    • Electric muscle therapy

Mike’s Kryptonite: Kale

  • Mike went vegan for a few years but stopped a few months ago. He eats a lot of elk and bison meat. There are certain foods Mike avoids because it’s not good for his body or blood type (e.g: kale):
    • “Kale will kill me…Kale is toxic to my blood.”Mike Tyson

Fighting > Sex

  • Mike enjoys fighting because sometimes it arouses him:
    • “Sometimes it’s orgasmic” – Mike Tyson
      • “What does it mean when fighting gets you erect?” 

Must-Read Quotes From Mike

  • “Impossible is nothing to somebody that tries. Everything that somebody said was impossible has happened.” Mike Tyson
  • “Delusion is only delusion when you don’t accomplish the goal of making your delusions a reality”Mile Tyson
  • “No one knows who they are because if you knew who you were right now, you’d be really limited because life is about change” – Mike Tyson
  • “I think success in fighting and life is about desire and the will. How bad do you want it?” – Mike Tyson
  • “I think you could do whatever you believe you can do if you really believe it” – Mike Tyson
  • “Our feelings are enslaved by our emotions and our emotions are enslaved by our feelings.”Mike Tyson
  • “We’re only one heartbeat away from dying” – Mike Tyson

Thoughts On Sparring

  • It’s been 15 years since Mike last sparred with someone
    • When Mike’s sparring partner hit him, Mike didn’t back down. He said, “I belong here.”
  • The whole point of training and sparring is to learn how not to get hit
    • “That’s the art of boxing, learning not to get hit” Mike Tyson
      • “That should be the objective of fighting, not to get hit as much”

Mike’s Early Years

  • Mike was trained by the legendary Cus D’Amato
    • Cus not only taught Mike the techniques behind boxing, but he also taught Mike the mental aspects of it: how to believe in himself and visualize himself being a champion
      • “I would’ve never been a champ if it weren’t for Cus” – Mike Tyson
  • When Mike was 11, he was sent to a detention center. One day, the center played a movie about Muhammad Ali. After the film finished, Muhammad Ali walked in and talked to the young boys.
    • Within a couple of months after meeting Ali, Mike was training to be a boxer
      • “I knew I was going to be successful. I knew everything was going to go right. I knew it. It was in my blood. I was only a kid but I said I want to be like that guy [Muhammad Ali].”Mike Tyson

Pros & Cons Of Being Aggressive

  • Being aggressive is a double-edged sword: 
    • It helped Mike dominate in the boxing ring because he wanted to destroy his opponents
    • However if he won a fight in the first round, he was still ramped up and would hit the first person that triggered him outside of the ring which resulted in many lawsuits and time in prison
      • “You have no control over it” – Mike Tyson
        • Mike went to prison so many times that the officers there knew him well
  • “I’m an extreme kind of person so yeah I get carried away” – Mike Tyson
    • Normally when Mike is training for a fight, he can’t have his kids or wife around him because he might snap at them
      • Smoking weed has helped Mike calm his killer mentality

The Mindset Of A Conqueror

  • To become the best of the best, you need to have the mindset of a conqueror:
    • “You get into the conqueror’s mindset” Joe Rogan
      • “It’s just that I think everything should go my way while I’m going through this process.” – Mike Tyson
  • Growing up, Mike was obsessed with conquerors and read as many books about them as he could. He read about Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Charlemagne, and others.
    • “I wanted to study that mindset…This is what I wanted to know. Why would one person think that he could fucking own the whole world?” – Mike Tyson
  • What did Mike learn from studying about all of these great conquerors?
    • Three things: They loved their mother, asked for forgiveness from God, and risked their lives for greatness
      • “The most prolific ones were all mama’s boys”Mike Tyson
        • Their moms told them they could do anything. They also wanted their sons to rise in power so that they too would have more power themselves.
      • “At the end of the day, they all ask God for forgiveness”
        • The reason they asked for forgiveness was that they thought they were God but realized on their death bed that they were human and asked for forgiveness from God
      • “I learned greatness was the willingness to die”
        • Achilles choose a short life of greatness rather than a short life of obscurity 
  • “I am a conqueror now because I conquered myself and my demons”Mike Tyson

Two Types of Motivation

  • There are two ways to motivate someone: the soft way and the tough love way. Mike prefers tough love.
    • “Look at you, big fat mother. You’re a big fat, lazy, motherfucker. That motivates me.” Mike Tyson
  • If you’re Mike’s friend and you let him eat junk food or get fat, he sees you as an enemy because you’re letting him get weak:
    • “I don’t respect that guy. The guy that thinks like that…he’s my enemy.”Mike Tyson
      • Mike likes to get body shamed because it motivates him to work out more
        • “Fat shaming is only bad if you don’t stop eating” – Joe Rogan

Additional Notes

  • Jamie Foxx will be playing Mike Tyson in a movie
  • Mike used to do a lot of shrooms but stopped because he repeatedly lost track of time and missed business appointments
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