The return of Mike Tyson has caused a buzz in the combat sports world. Everyone wants a piece of his fight with Roy Jones Jr. on September 12. That includes a friend of Tyson.
UFC President Dana White spoke to media members this past week regarding Tyson’s upcoming fight. Recently, Tyson has been looking lean and aggressive during training, thanking his trainer and stem cell research. White will get to see firsthand just how dedicated Tyson is to his comeback.
“I’m flying out probably next week to watch him train,” White stated, via MMA Fighting. “I’m excited for [Tyson]. He says he’s got that fire, he wants to fight, he wants this, Jones wants it, they’re grown men – I’m 100 percent supportive.”
Tyson quickly rose up the ranks in the boxing world in 1985. He ended up knocking out Trevor Berbick in the second round of their fight in 1986 to win the WBC Heavyweight Title. He became the youngest world heavyweight champion of all time at 20. The man with 44 wins via knockout’s last fight as a pro was a loss at the hands of Kevin McBride in 2005. Since then he has become a big supporter of White and the UFC.
White was against Tyson coming back to fight at the beginning. However, he quickly changed his tune when talking with Tyson.
“Originally, I came out and said, ‘Listen, I’d like Mike not to fight,’” White stated. “I even got Mike a TV show, to try and keep him from fighting. But Mike Tyson is a grown man, he can do whatever. The guy is powerful, looks explosive, and has gotten himself in great shape.”
One reason he could be supporting it now may be the exhibition style of the bout. The California Athletic Commission has made it clear that the bout will not have a true knockout involved and the safety of the fighters is of the utmost importance.
As far as who White believes will win the fight?
“I have no clue,” White stated. “Ask me that question next week after I go to camp and watch him train. I’ll give you an honest answer.”