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UFC boss Dana White pleads for Mike Tyson not to fight: “Please don’t…”

"I might have to..."

Not everyone is excited about Mike Tyson making a return to boxing, in fact, UFC president Dana White is strongly against it. 

True legends never die, they live on through the ages, despite the glory days being over. Mike Tyson will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest boxers and combat sports athletes of all time, revered for his accomplishments inside the ring. He has held the WBA, WBC, IBF heavyweight championships, amongst others. Tyson recently announced that he was planning a return to boxing, willing to compete in exhibition bouts for charity.

This has been met with mixed results. While he shows incredible form for a 53 year old former fighter, he is also quite clearly past his prime.


When asked about Tyson’s comeback, UFC president Dana White – Who is a close friend to the former boxer – didn’t mince words regarding his apprehension.

“I love Mike Tyson,” White said. “I’m begging him not to fight. Mike, you’re 53, please don’t do it, please… If it comes down to where he is about to do something crazy, I might have to jump in and figure out something for him not to do it.”

White would certainly know a thing or two about failed comebacks for fighters past their prime. He is a friend to former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, who ended his career in the UFC on three straight KO losses, and only winning one of his last six fights in the promotion. When Liddell announced a return to MMA, against Tito Ortiz at Golden Boy Promotions, White was strongly against it. The UFC president’s woes seemed to be well-founded, as Liddell was brutally KO’d in the first round.

As of now, there are no official plans as to when or against who Tyson will return.

Do you agree with Dana White, should Mike Tyson not return to boxing?

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for