UFC’s White On Tyson: ‘I’m Begging Him Not To Go Fight’
Over the past few weeks, Mike Tyson has created a scene by announcing his return to boxing. Looking to fight in charity events, Tyson has shown how he is in better shape and ready to fight. While it seems like something that can work, one friend of his is desperately trying to convince him not to go through with it.
UFC President Dana White went on Tim and Sid on SPORTSNET to talk about Tyson and his intentions. Despite the fact he loves a good fight, White can’t see this ending well for the former heavyweight champion.
“I love Mike Tyson. I love the guy… I have become very good friends and I’m begging him not to go fight,” White stated, via METRO. “I’m begging him. I said, ‘You look awesome, you’re still explosive, you’re obviously still powerful, you’re one of the all-time greats but, Mike, you’re 53. Please don’t do it, please!'”
Tyson last fought in 2005, losing to Kevin McBride after six rounds. He has received many offers to compete, including Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship offering him $20 million to sign with the promotion. A rematch with Danny Williams and a fight with John Fury is also on the table. Evander Holyfield has even stated he would fight Tyson again after coming out of retirement.
White believes the 53-year-old should not step near a ring. The UFC’s fearless leader has done something like this in the past. When Chuck Liddell wanted to step into an MMA ring for the first time since 2010 in 2018, White pleaded for him to not come back. White ended up blasting Oscar De La Hoya when he put on an MMA PPV event and had Liddell face Tito Ortiz for the last time. He has also stated he would like to see B.J. Penn retire.
Tyson is convinced he needs to fight. White is willing to do whatever it takes to help out his friend.
“Bottom line is I don’t want Mike to fight,” White went on to say. “If it comes down to where he is about to do something crazy, I might have to jump in and figure out something for him not to do it.”