Mike Tyson Knocks A Shark To Sleep In Discovery Channel’s Tyson VS. Jaws: Rumble On The Reef
Mike Tyson Knocks A Shark To Sleep In Discovery Channel’s ‘Tyson VS. Jaws: Rumble On The Reef’ (Photo Credit: Instagram/Mike Tyson & Twitter)

After teasing us with a possible return to boxing, Mike Tyson recently made news for deciding to take on a new and different opponent. The former boxer was recently ‘pitted’ against sharks in Discovery Channel’s Tyson vs. Jaws: Rumble On The Reef, where he took on the predators in a three-round format.


UFC President Dana White and announcer Michael Buffer helped set the stage. Tyson worked with scientists to get more comfortable in a location that features lemon sharks, reef sharks, bull sharks and more.


Mike Tyson took to Twitter and shared a video gif from his stunt. He tweeted: “I can’t tell you how many times I asked myself this question during this dive. #SharkWeek” The gif had the text ‘What the hell am I doing?” written on it.

In the first round, where Tyson takes a cage dive with lemon sharks the wrestler is heard saying, “I’m scared to death”

In the second round, Tyson seemed at ease pushing away the sharks whenever they got too close. This round was an open ocean dive.

The third round required Tyson to put the shark to sleep with his bare hands. While tonic immobility is not exactly a knockout, it was still quite the task. Tonic immobility is a situation that causes a temporary state of inactivity in sharks.

The tension and fear were all the quite evident as Iron Mike threw up before diving nearly 50 feet underwater without a cage. He eventually pulled it off and won against the shark.

Mike Tyson is not the first athlete to go up against a shark as part of Shark Week. Olympic legend, swimmer Michael Phelps lost a virtual race to a great white shark in 2017.

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