Mike Tyson’s first fight back from injury in UFC 213, which will take place at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, has him facing the winner of Holm-Ronda Rousey, who he knocked out with a third-round TKO at UFC 205 last October.
But there’s another fight on the cards, and Tyson’s a big part of it.
“If you go back to what I said when I got my first title shot, that it’s my responsibility to bring the champion,” Tyson told MMA Fighting.
“And if that champion is Ronda Rouseyn, that’s my job.”
Tyson had a very short career with the UFC.
He’s been out of the sport since 2016, and since then he’s been a bit of a recluse.
But when he returned in October, Tyson had the chance to prove he was still a viable heavyweight.
He went on a winning streak and beat a top-ranked contender, Travis Browne, for the interim lightweight title.
But it was the third time he had lost in two years.
“It was a lot of hard work, and it was a really long fight,” Tyson said.
“So I don’t know if I would have been able to get that belt back if I hadn’t been able at that time to get back in shape.
But I feel good, and I’m looking forward to getting back in there with Ronda.”
Tyson said he’ll be in the cage against Holm, a former UFC champion, for his first fight since he had his title shot.
Tyson is hoping to make a run at the belt back.
“I want to fight the best, the best in the world,” Tyson added.
“I want that belt.
I want to prove to everybody that I’m still the best heavyweight out there, and to be honest, I’m just looking forward for that fight.
If it’s Ronda, I’ll be ready.”
Tatey has a lot riding on Saturday night.
The two will fight in a title unification bout, which is an opportunity to test himself against Holman, who is a two-time world champion.
If Tyson wins, he will get his first shot at the UFC belt.
“For me, that fight would be the greatest thing,” Tyson explained.
“Ronda is a very talented fighter, and he is coming off a title win, and if I can put Ronda on my back and make her feel that I can go toe-to-toe with her, that would be great.
I don, I think, would ever put Rondas back on my team, so for me to fight Ronda and make Ronda feel like she can go out there and make a big splash in this sport is a dream come true.”
Ronda, for me, is the most exciting fighter I’ve ever fought.
I have never been to the top of the game, but I know she is the one that I should go out to in a fight to make sure I can get there.