Friday, July 19th, 2019

Mike Tyson Tells ESPN He "Had No Idea" About Balrog in Street Fighter 2


American boxing legend Mike Tyson recently made an appearance on ESPN's eSports show. After Tyson goes a few rounds in Mario Kart 8, ESPN's Arda Ocal brings up the topic of Balrog from Street Fighter. Arda asks Tyson if he knows the history behind Balrog's name being originally changed from "Mike Bison" in the Japanese version of Street Fighter 2. Of course, Capcom did change the character's name in the West as they were concerned about legal liability due to the obvious likeness. To Arda's question, Tyson replied "No, I have no idea." Wait a sec... Mike Bison / Balrog's existence eluded the Mike Tyson for the past 28 years?!? I have questions.

   Somebody shoulda told Mike.

He hit the money shot and everything...

After joking about a "lawsuit"... Arda asked Mike what he thinks about Balrog. "I'm really honored with that impersonation of me." Mike responded. You can watch the full video and interview below.

My two cents:  I think Tyson was either confused by the question, or was just going along with the show. Or maybe... he simply forgot? Because, umm...

Mike Tyson with a Balrog cosplayer at San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2014, you mean to tell me this Balrog cosplayer didn't... confirm that Mike knew? If you happen to be this Balrog cosplayer in real life, we need to talk. I have questions.

Either Tyson forgot... because... (I don't know why he'd forget such a thing)... or Tyson is actually (brilliantly) trolling that poor dude on ESPN. I would troll that show if I were in his position. Either way, it was cool seeing Mike relaxing and enjoying some video games. But next time they should play a damn fighting game instead of Mariokart, for real.

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Sources:  ESPN eSportsKotakuEventhubsTechtudo
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