MIKE TYSON insists Conor McGregor’s “crazy” tough image is just a gimmick and he is actually a “beautiful guy” away from the spotlight.
The Notorious touched down in Las Vegas this week to begin filming the latest season of the long-running reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter.
He will be joined by rival coach Michael Chandler, before the pair then throw down later this year as the Irishman gets set to return to the octagon.
Former two-division champion McGregor hasn't set foot inside the octagon since breaking his left leg in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier in July 2021.
A date for the fight has not been set as McGregor has yet to re-enter the United States Anti-Doping Agency's drug testing pool – which he must be in for at least six months before competing.
At this moment in time, September is the earliest the showdown will take place.
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But you can expect to see the 34-year-old former two-weight UFC world champion up to his usual loud-mouth and brash antics ahead of it.
However, the Baddest Man on the Planet Tyson, who once bit a chunk out of Evander Holyfield’s ear, says McGregor is a pussycat.
During an episode of “Hotboxin with Mike Tyson”, the former heavyweight title holder said: “You have to have a gimmick… It’s real, but it’s a gimmick.
“The only guys that have all the money have a gimmick.”
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Tyson added: “Look at Conor McGregor. He has a gimmick.
“He’s crazy, he’s bold, it’s a gimmick.
“In real life, he’s a beautiful guy.”
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