ByJustin Golightly, writer at
Design wizard. MMA mathematician. Formerly of Middle Easy, Justin Golightly has been featured on Bleacher Report, Uproxx and TMZ.
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A lot of people don't know that before Neil deGrasse Tyson was guiding us through the cosmos, he was pinning people to the mats. He was undefeated in his high school career, then went on to pursue higher education and advanced manipulation of mass by wrestling for Harvard. That was many, many years ago, so does the 58-year old astrophysicist still got it? Yes he does and Matt Serra found out the hard way at the UFC Unfiltered studio.

"Anyone who has wrestled knows that it’s the hardest thing in the world to do. Anyone who says something else is the hardest thing has never wrestled. That’s what I have found. You don’t wrestle because it’s easy, you wrestle because it’s hard. I don’t do astrophysics because it’s easy, I do it because it’s hard. And I juxtapose the two in my mind, body, and soul all the time.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson to FloWrestling.

Matt Serra, former UFC champion and Renzo Gracie black belt, is nothing to turn your nose up at on the ground. He could submit you while eating a chicken parmesan. That said, it's awesome that Tyson was able to teach him something on the mat — well, carpet. It seems like the MMA legend thought it was just as cool as we do.


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