What happens when a world-class boxer goes up against an actor with a flair for comedy? Well this week’s Lip Sync Battle tried to answer that question with a hip-hop tinged battle featuring Mike Tyson and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews on Thursday (Apr. 23). It wasn’t just a battle filled with lots of physical muscle, but also lots of muscle in the antics department as well.
Tyson, in skinny jeans and a turtleneck, kicked off the night. And for one night only Iron Mike was “Iron Mick” thanks to his rendition of the Rolling Stones‘ “Satisfaction.” His performance was filled with unusual dancing and gyrations that were probably supposed to pay homage to Mick Jagger’s own signature dance moves. Actually, in retrospect, his fashion choice may have also been inspired by the legendary frontman as well, but it’s hard to really explain Tyson in a turtleneck.
Also rocking some tight jeans (a theme for the night!), Crews “went old school” with Run-DMC‘s “Sucker M.C.’s,” a song he proclaims “made me a man.” While it’s still unclear what exactly that means, Crews’ pretty convincing performance probably had something to do with the fact that he shared the song basically helped him get though puberty. He even had some great crowd hyping– including of all things, crotch thrusts. Oh, yeah, he also showed off his abs. “That is one of the best beats ever made in hip-hop,” he said, adding it made his “nipples happy.” TMI, Crews. TMI.
“I never ever compete, I just create,” Crews shared backstage, adding he’s “the world’s best dancer.” Something he would later try and prove during his battle round performance of Vanessa Carlton‘s “A Thousand Miles.”
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The performance featured Crews first behind a piano, and then later he performed Carlton’s anthem shirtless, complete with ribbon dancers and ballerinas. It was an unexpected choice, to say the least. It also left Mike Tyson shaking his head. “Sometimes you got to get in touch with your feminine side,” he explained. Clearly.
So if you’re Tyson, how do you try and top that Crews moment? “Spirit is everything,” Tyson said before taking the stage. And there was no shortage of spirit or leather leggings during his performance of Salt-N-Pepa‘s “Push It.” Also you make sure you that yoiu accessorize with a leather jacket and even more dance Mike Tyson-specific gyrating moves.
“I feel sexy,” he shared after he wrapped up in his Chrissy Teigen-approved pants. (By the way, she approved of them because she, too, owns them.)
And the winner is…
In the end, only one of the guys could go home with the taste of victory. While it would seem like a close match, Crews was this week’s winner. Good thing he wore a formal blazer (sans shirt, naturally) for the moment it was announced.