‘I Ain’t Fighting Tyson’- Daniel Cormier Rubbishes Mike Tyson Bout

Published 12/08/2020, 5:00 AM EST
Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson (black trunks) is interviewed after his split draw against Roy Jones, Jr. (white trunks) during a heavyweight exhibition boxing bout for the WBC Frontline Belt at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Scarnici/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


Daniel Cormier is enjoying life as a retired MMA world champion quite comfortably. He has taken a bigger role with his media commitments, becoming an analyst on ESPN alongside his duties on the commentary desk at UFC events. Even though his last fight was earlier this year (loss to Stipe Miocic), Cormier has reiterated he will stay retired.

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However, an exciting new proposition has come up for DC. When betting odds were released for who Mike Tyson’s next opponent will be, many books released odds on Tyson fighting Cormier next. The former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion has openly addressed his intentions with Mike Tyson. Those intentions are strictly avoiding him inside a boxing ring.

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Cormier is obviously making a smart move. Despite his age, Cormier was never known for his boxing. He is an elite wrestler, a skill-set he can’t use in boxing. Considering how Tyson’s body shots looked and how DC looked when Miocic made him crumble with body shots, it is best if these two men don’t fight each other.

Daniel Cormier: Could he ever return?

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Daniel Cormier is a sensational fighter. He has fought as an underdog most of his career and managed to ascend to the top. While he does have big losses to his name, Cormier will always be remembered for his achievements in the sport. This includes him becoming the first man to defend two different titles in the same calendar year (2018).

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 14: Daniel Cormier poses on the scale during the UFC 252 weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

He definitely won’t return as an exhibition boxer against Mike Tyson. But could he feasibly return to the sport of MMA? Many people wanted to see DC and Jon Jones rematch when JBJ moved up. However, the parties consider that feud dead, and it would be very embarrassing for DC to possibly go 3-0 against Jones. (2-0-1 if you want to be technical).

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Old Tyson is no walk in the park as a boxer. He has retained his vicious KO power, and no MMA personality should unnecessarily try to step into a ring with Tyson. DC is smart, be like DC and avoid making a mockery of MMA by getting knocked out or beat by an almost 60-year-old man.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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