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Must-See Video: Joe Rogan on Ali, Tyson, Jordan, and the ‘Madness of Excellence’

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I really do believe that madness and excellence are just next door neighbors.”

So says Joe Rogan in this fascinating highlight reel focusing on a trio of “extreme winners” — Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and Michael Jordan — narrated by clips from Rogan’s podcast. Rogan proposes that “a lot of success in athletics comes down to almost like a psychosis. At a real high level of anything, there’s a certain amount of almost crazy behavior to get to this incredible position…there’s a madness.”

Over the clips covering each athlete’s monumental career, Rogan shares his thoughts about the behavior and performances of each athlete, and what made them such outliers in professional sports. Maybe this is only tangentially related to MMA, but if you’re interested in Ali and Tyson, and the mental edges (or disorders?) that make athletic legends so different from the rest of humanity, you’ll want to watch this.

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jizzninja- August 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm
I caught myself giggling like a schoolgirl watching these clips.
dranokills- August 30, 2012 at 9:32 am
man I really enjoyed that video clip. Ali was the man, tyson was strong and crazy, and Jordan is a GOD among children. I had to turn the volume off so I didn't have to listen to Joe Rogan's stupid comments. He is so annoying.
Kobi123- August 30, 2012 at 8:09 am
that's jones' problem, he can be cocky, he can be annoying, he can be flashy, he can be all that, but at least it should be real.
Fried Taco- August 30, 2012 at 8:01 am
I tend to agree, because what drives people to train so much to get to that level? What are the hiding or running from? Is it just to quiet the demons in their heads? Would Ted Bundy have been great in MMA? I'm burning with questions, especially when I pee.