Mike Tyson, 53, said he wants to do exhibition bouts, was asked about Tito Ortiz, 45, and said he welcomed all comers. Now Tito tells TMZ Sports that he's been contacted about a bout, but was short on specifics.
“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,'” said Ortiz, as transcribed by Nolan King for MMA Junkie. “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. 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.”
“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.”
“I respect Mike. Mike is an amazing man. He’s an amazing individual in general, just what he’s gone through and what he’s. I’ve got to give him nothing but respect. I’m not trying to disrespect him at all with anything I say this point out on. I really want to let him know, 'hey Mike, you are the man. You are one of the best in the world.' But I was one of the best in the world at my own game, too.
“… Well, do you think Evander Holyfield stepped up and said, ‘That’s Mike Tyson. I’m going to be afraid of him. I’m not going to be able to tire him out and knock him out in the seventh or eighth round?’ No, it’s all a game plan.”