Mike Tyson has been out of the boxing ring for quite some time, though he might return this year in a fight against Jake Paul.

Tyson is a fighter from a bygone era, however. In fact, boxing is hardly the world’s most successful or watched combat sport anymore — these days, that honor likely falls to mixed martial arts and more specifically, UFC.

That begs the question whether Tyson could have ever made it in the UFC. 

While his fighting prowess may indicate yes, Tyson himself thinks the answer is no. But why does he think that way? 

The fact is, Tyson was such a great fighter and athlete, he likely would have dominated in the octagon if he’d trained in it from his earlier years. 

That said, Tyson isn’t as convinced that he’d have been able to hack it in UFC.

Tyson recently fielded random questions from internet users in a video interview for GQ Sports.

One of those users asked how Tyson thought he would do in UFC. His response was that he didn’t know. 

He said that he noticed a lot of UFC fighters step on each other’s feet and that because he has “the worst feet in the world” he could see himself tapping out quickly.

Is that true? Of course, it’s impossible to tell. Tyson’s too old to participate in a legitimate MMA competition. But had he taken it up at a younger age, there’s almost no doubt he would have been brilliant.