Tito Ortiz claims he’s been contacted about potential Mike Tyson fight, believes it can ‘double’ Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor numbers

Former UFC light heavyweight champion , American Tito Ortiz believes he would do well in boxing against legend Mike Tyson.

Ortiz told TMZ, “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.’

“I’m not sure if it’s going to be MMA or boxing yet,” Ortiz said. “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.”

Ortiz estimates a fight against Tyson could double the numbers Floyd Mayweather pulled off when he boxed Conor McGregor in 2017.

“You know what Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather did?” Ortiz said. “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.”

Regardless of the respect however, Ortiz said he believes he would win.

“I respect Mike,” Ortiz said. “Mike is an amazing man. He’s an amazing individual in general, just what he’s gone through and what he’s (become). 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.”

Ortiz, 45, no longer fights in the UFC, but is still active in other MMA organizations. He comes from three straight wins, the last in December 2019, with triumphs over Chael Sonnen and Chuck Lidell.

Tyson returned to training during the pandemic with the Brazilian Rafael Cordeiro, showing incredible physical shape and skills, and is close to announcing a boxing match against the MMA legend Wanderlei Silva.