Tito Ortiz has claimed he’s been contacted about potentially fighting Mike Tyson next.
The 53-year-old boxing legend is considering a ring return for charity and the 45-year-old former UFC champion appears very interested in becoming his opponent.
Tito Ortiz is in the UFC Hall of Fame
Ortiz told TMZ, “I got a phone call and someone started asking me, ‘What do you think about fighting Mike Tyson?’
“I was like, ‘Really?’ This is an opportunity that I like. I’m in.’
“I’m not sure if it’s going to be MMA or boxing yet.
“I haven’t even gotten that far. We both have got to be cleared by the athletic commissions. That’s the biggest thing.
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“Either one. I’ve been boxing for 20 years. My boxing skills have gotten better and better.
“They may not be at the same level as Tyson, but has Tyson been punched in the face in the last 15 years? No he hasn’t.
“I have been. I’ve been able to subdue everyone I’ve competed against over the last four years.”
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When asked how big he thinks the fight could be, Ortiz gave a very, very optimistic prediction.
He answered: “You know what Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather did? I think we could double that.
“It’d be amazing. It’d be fun. It’d be a great opportunity for both of our brands.
“The hard work that pays off, the person’s hand will get raised. Everyone knows me as being a hard worker.”
Ortiz in his prime was one of the biggest personalities in his sport and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2012.
In his day he was able to generate a lot of interest in his fights when mixed martial arts was not a mainstream sport like it is today.
His rivalry with Ken Shamrock captured a lot of attention as did his fights with Chuck Liddell, whom he fought twice in UFC and completed the trilogy as recently as 2019, though it is remembered more for the awkward press conference of ‘promoter’ Oscar De La Hoya.