UFC president, Dana White was positively ecstatic about Mike Tyson’s return to boxing and his performance in the ring. White, who’s been a long time friend of Tyson, was watching the Tyson v Jones Jr fight in the green room at the UFC apex in Las Vegas while UFC Vegas 15 was taking place.
At the end of the event, White gave his reaction on the eight round match to the press. He was evidently pleased with the display, though the match was decided as a draw by the WBC judges.
“I was nervous. He’s (54) years old”-White concerned about how Tyson’s age could factor into the sport
“I didn’t want to say anything negative because I love Tyson and he’s a good friend of mine,” White told reporters, at the UFC on ESPN 18 post-fight news conference. “I was nervous. He’s (54) years old. Time is undefeated. Time takes us all down and one of the things I was worried for Mike is that he has this incredible aura still, and (54) years old – fighting is young man’s game. All that being said, he looked (expletive) awesome tonight.”
“I was blown away by how good he looked. One of the things I was worried about with Roy – Roy’s 51 years old, but Roy’s been way more active than Tyson has been. But Roy actually got way more tired tonight than Mike, which was shocking. I’m happy for him. I hope they both made a (expletive) zillion dollars, and it exceeded my expectations.”
Although a winner was not decided, in Dana’s opinion Tyson won the fight. After watching Tyson’s performance in the ring, all of Dana’s doubts on whether Tyson should still box were put aside and he wouldn’t object if “Iron Mike” decided to do it again.
Tyson has also shown that he would be interested in boxing again. “He looked good,” White said. “He’s a grown ass man and he’s going to do what he wants anyway, but good for him. It was actually a good fight. It was an entertaining fight to watch and I thought he looked really good. I’m happy for him.”
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