Since Mike Tyson decided to get back in shape and post spooky video evidence that he still has spooky power, several current and past hitters have thrown their names in the hat to welcome “Iron Mike” to the battlefield .
Indeed, fighters such as Tito Ortiz, Ken Shamrock and even Tyson Fury have expressed interest in a possible fight against one of the scariest fighters in the history of combat sports. But the one man who seems to have an advantage over them all is former PRIDE FC and UFC headhunter Wanderlei Silva. According to “The Ax Murderer”, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) contacted him about the possibility of facing Tyson.
For Silva, now is the time to fight like this, as live sporting events are rare due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This fight has everything for sale, especially now that everyone is stuck at home (due to the coronavirus pandemic),” Silva told MMA Fighting. “It would be a great time to book a fight like this.”
“David (Feldman) came to me once and said,” Look, you are the first fighter that came to mind when I created this promotion, “said Silva. “They’ve offered me a few names in the past, but I said no – those names and the money weren’t worth the risk. To do something so crazy and fight again without gloves, it has to be something really beneficial in terms of name recognition and price. “
Silva thinks that even though Tyson has the honors of boxing in his favor, when it comes to a brawl with his bare hands, the former star of Vale Tudo says he will have the advantage.
“He asked me if I would accept to fight Mike Tyson, if I had the courage to fight Mike Tyson without gloves. [I said]”Look, first you have to ask Tyson if he has the guts to fight me without gloves.” I was world champion (in MMA), [and] I have fought with my bare hands before, and he never did. I think it would be a memorable fight. “
In addition, Silva firmly believes that if this fight comes to pass, he will outnumber any fight by Floyd Mayweather; which means something since “Money” is the biggest box office draw of all sports.
“There is nothing right now, so a fight like this has everything to make more money than (Floyd) Mayweather’s fights because of entertainment and other factors,” said Silva. “He’s aggressive and so am I; I’m in great shape mentally and physically, so it has everything to be a great show for everyone. ”
BKFC is said to have offered Tyson a salary of $ 20 million to return to the ring. If so, Silva says he’ll gladly accept the challenge of half this purse, which will no doubt be his biggest single payment.
Silva (43) has lost two in a row, his last defeat being in the hands of Quinton Jackson, who eliminated “The Ax Murderer” at Bellator 206 in 2018. Tyson (57), meanwhile, has not known pro fighting since losing to Kevin McBride 15 years ago.