Rafael Cordeiro: Mike Tyson ‘Talking About Fighting for the Title’

By: Marcelo Alonso
Oct 22, 2020

Kings MMA head coach Rafael Cordeiro made an interesting revelation about Mike Tyson.

In a live discussion with Chute Boxe legends including Fabricio Werdum and "Cris Cyborg" on the Portal do Vale Tudo on Tuesday, Cordeiro spoke about training Tyson to face Roy Jones Jr. on Nov. 28 in Los Angeles.

“[The] other day I was talking to him about how our partnership started. Werdum invited me to go with him in Thailand where he and Tyson would make a special participation in a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie [“Kickboxer: Retaliation”]. I told Mike who would ever say that we started when I invited him to do some pads back then and today we would be talking about fighting for the title.”

Cordeiro was coy on giving out any more details, but he confirmed that Tyson already has a plan to take three more fights in the coming years. “Great fights, against big names,” guaranteed Cordeiro.

The Kings MMA patriarch also revealed details about his daily routine in Tyson, letting out that Tyson only wanted Cordeiro to put on and take off Tyson’s gloves.

Cordeiro admitted, “One day I asked a close friend of his to take one of the gloves and [Tyson] got mad with me.”

Cordeiro also confirmed that Netflix is doing a documentary with Iron Mike. One day during filming, Tyson was in poor spirits, so Cordeiro asked him what was happiness for him. Tyson replied, “Happiness for me is death, because I saw many bad things and lost many bad things in my life.”

Former UFC heavyweight champion Werdum also gave his opinion about the partnership between Tyson and Cordeiro.

“The bond between him and master Rafael is something amazing. When I took master Rafael to my last UFC fight in Abu Dhabi, Rafael left someone to do pads and train him during that week, but [Tyson] didn’t call the guy. During that week [Tyson would] rather run around and train alone. I got really impressed by the way they are connected and proud that the best fighter ever chose my master to train him.”
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