He may be 51 years old, but “Iron” Mike Tyson has still got plenty of the punching power that made him the most feared heavyweight boxer on the face of the planet during his heyday.
So strong are his present-day punches, that he rang the bell of an active former UFC heavyweight champion without even trying: Fabricio Werdum.
The incident happened while Tyson and Werdum were filming the 2018 fighting film “Kickboxer: Retaliation,” in which Alain Moussi takes on the role of Kurt Sloane, whom Jean-Claude Van Damme played the original “Kickboxer,” with Van Damme taking on a separate part.
“I fight with him in the movie. … He punched my nose. Accident, you know. Almost he broke my nose,” Werdum recently told TMZ, laughing. “‘Cause I’m not an actor, and he’s no actor too. It’s good, he’s a funny guy, a very nice guy. But he punches very hard.”
Speaking of Van Damme, in January, video footage of his subjecting former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt to a similar fate came to light, but with the action star’s foot rather than his fist. Apparently Werdum handled the strike more coolly than Garbrandt had.
“It’s good, I mean it’s Mike Tyson. He’s no other guy, maybe another guy I don’t feel as good when guys punch my face. But Mike Tyson’s okay,” the 40-year-old Werdum joked.
Werdum also briefly touched on the incident with Fight Hub TV back in January. “It was an accident. He’s a nice guy, my good friend. … His power,” he laughed to himself, “almost knocked out me.”
To see the two square off in the movie — which also features Hafthor Bjornsson, better known as Ser Gregor “the Mountain” Clegane from “Game of Thrones” — you’ll have to catch the flick in theaters or wait for it to hit a streaming service. Or, you can just watch this simulation on EA Sports’ “UFC 2.”