Dana White Reveals What Mike Tyson Told Him After He Tried to Stop “Iron Mike” From Fighting Again

Published 03/13/2021, 4:28 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 20: UFC President Dana White interacts with the media during the UFC 197 on-sale press conference event inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on January 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Mike Tyson is one of the most elite stars of the sport. Right from the retro boxing era until today, Tyson has stayed on top of the news headlines. In fact, he even entered an exhibition boxing bout in 2020 against Roy Jones Jr. ‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’ was keen to show a snippet of his former self in this bout, and he certainly abided by what he wanted to do.

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But this idea of fighting again didn’t impress the UFC supremo Dana White. He didn’t wish to see Tyson getting punched at this age, and this is predominantly why he didn’t want ‘Iron Mike’ to step inside the squared circle again.

In a fresh Hotboxin podcast, Dana White revealed what Tyson told him for his comments.

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“He called me, he’s like listen, man, you and me are friends, we’ve been friends for a long time. I’m a grown a** man, if I wanna f**kin fight, I’m going to fight. Don’t be f**kin negative about my fight. I said you know what you’re right, you won’t hear a f**kin peep out of me again,” White added.

White and Tyson have been long-time friends. And ‘Iron’ Mike was unimpressed with his friend commenting on his comeback fight. He called up White and made his juncture clear he doesn’t want him to comment on the same and the UFC boss sponsored his thoughts as well.

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Mike Tyson to fight in an exhibition bout again?

Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. put a classic entertainer for the boxing fans. The PPV buys of this fight went sky high, and the event recorded a whopping 1.6 million buys. Ever since then, Tyson has asserted on fighting yet again.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 09: Heavyweight boxing legends Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield attend the 19th annual Harold and Carole Pump Foundation Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 09, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

In fact, he was supposed to face his old nemesis, Evander Holyfield, in this clash, but as the fight fell through, he took on ‘Captain Hook’.

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Holyfield and Tyson are both eager to dance with each other in a trilogy fight. Moreover, if the duo collides, it’ll be one of the best PPV events of 2021 and particularly this decade.

However, there’s no official news piece pertaining to their in-ring outing. Nevertheless, fans will keep their eyes and ears peeled for any notification regarding this long-awaited trilogy.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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