WATCH: Mike Tyson Explains Just How He Got Those Tigers

By Dazzler

One of the Most Iconic Boxers of All Time Made an Appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience This Week… He Shared Just Why Exactly He Got the Tigers… Watch the Footage Below

Love him or hate him, Mike Tyson is one of the most iconic fighters living today. The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world was one of the best of his era. He earned the nickname ‘Iron’ Mike for a reason, conquering his division in the late 80s and early 90s.

Of course, he was also notoriously volatile. He literally bit off Evander Holyfield’s ear. Furthermore, he was also convicted of rape in 1992 and served three years out of a six-year sentence. This is unforgivable in the eyes of many fans – and fair enough.

However, it’s absolutely undeniable that Tyson’s late career has been a remarkable success. He’s firmly embedded in pop culture, appearing in movies and on TV, and making regular guest appearances around the world. He went on the Joe Rogan Experience the other day and explained how he got those tigers.


One of the most famous Tyson photos is him standing in his white underwear, with a pet tiger on a leash. Comedian Tom Segura asked him how exactly he came to own the giant felines. Tyson explained:

“This is really interesting. I’m in prison at the time. So I’m in prison, I’m talking to my car dealer at the time and he has some cars that belong to a friend of mine, and he’s discussing ‘if he doesn’t pay for these cars, I’m going to sell these cars to somebody and get some horses.’”

Tiger Time

Obviously, Tyson didn’t get horses. Nope, being the crazy millionaire that he was, he was soon tempted by a totally different type of animal. He continued:

“I said what, you can get horses? And trade horses in for cars?’ Because I had a lot of cars, I’d probably get some horses too. And he said ‘yeah man, you can get cougars, lions, tigers…’ I said ‘you do?! Can you get me some tigers?’ The guy said ‘imagine how cool that would be?’ Because I had a bunch of fancy cars, ‘imagine that man, you’d be in an Aston Martin or a Ferrari. You’d have a tiger right next to you, man. That’d be so awesome.’  And I’m a young guy. I’m saying to myself ‘wow, that would be cool. Get me some cubs, man.’”


While Tyson definitely has a very dark past, it’s fair to say that time appears to have healed him in many ways. He appeared to be very eloquent and at ease on the show with Rogan, and opened up about his drug use, as well as a number of other parts of his life.

A funny moment occurred when his phone rang and Rogan went silent. If it was any other guest he’d have asked them to switch it off. But who is going to say anything like that to ‘Iron Mike?’