Rafael Cordeiro On Mike Tyson: He Is Born To Fight And Hits Hard As Hell
Kings MMA head coach Rafael Cordeiro trained with the former heavyweight boxing world champion Mike Tyson, for three weeks. The 53 year-old icon has recently stated that he is motivated to get back into shape in order to get back into the ring.
Tyson shared a short Instagram video as a teaser from one of their sessions, which caused a barrage of reactions all over social media.
Cordeiro opened up about the experience of training with his “idol”, while speaking to Sherdog MMA (as transcribed by The Mac Life).
“It was a great experience,” Cordeiro said. “I can tell you, man, I trained with my idol. I have opportunity to train the best guys in the world, inside the martial arts. Now I have an opportunity to train Mike Tyson and I can [say]: nobody hits like Mike.
“He hits hard as hell. The experience that I have to share knowledge with him, to learn from him, not just about boxing, but I learned about life. I think it is the best experience that I have in my life. One hundred percent.”
Cordeiro shared his thoughts on Tyson’s fighting mentality, which seems to be as incredible as his physicality.
“In my history, I have a worked with a lot of world champs, but experience that I have now work with this guy is different level,” he said. “And I’ve had opportunity to work with the world champ in that I know about mentality. I know about my mindset and everything that I can see about this guy is he’s ready to fight any time in a moment.
“I think Mike, he born to fight,” he continued. “The way he trained, the way he put his mind. He changed his mind when he started training. All the time when we started training, he change his mind. He goes in different planet, you know. And from there I can tell this guy born to fight.”
Cordeiro was dazzled by Tyson’s skills and quick improvement, and believes the former world champion is still quite dangerous.
“His body, his muscle memory about techniques, about combinations is still there. And the three weeks [we trained] he got better and better and better,” he said. “I started training just like, let’s see what is going to happen now. Every single day he trained, he trained and trained. He never stopped. I believe if he wants to do something in the future, he will be able to do this.
“I don’t know why he wants, I don’t know his plan, but for sure, if he want back, he want to back on hundred percent then it’s going to be a lot of people down.”
What was your impression when you saw Mike Tyson blasting the pads with Rafael Cordeiro?