On Saturday night, UFC Hall of Famer Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz, 43, posted a video on YouTube hyping up a potential fight between him and 53-year-old Mike Tyson. A fight between the two men has not been officially confirmed.
This past month, “Iron Mike” has been teasing a boxing return, and many fighters have thrown their name in as a potential opponent, including Evander Holyfield, Wanderlei Silva and Andrei Arlovski. Tyson has been clear that he is interested in boxing in a charity match.
Another fighter campaigning for a bout with Iron Mike is Tito Ortiz, and the former UFC light heavyweight champion has gone to great lengths to try and make it happen. In the description of the video, Ortiz wrote: “Time to entertain the mma and boxing fans. Just for fun! #charity.”
Here is the video:
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In an Instagram post on May 21, The Huntington Beach Bad Boy posted a picture of him and Tyson side by side with the caption: “@MikeTyson – Legend Vs Legend on PPV! When are we doing it? Just so you all know I was called for this fight. What if someone called you, ‘would you fight Mike?’ Me, ‘YES’!”
Ortiz Has Never Had a Professional Boxing Bout in His Career
Ortiz is a decorated mixed martial artist, winning the UFC light heavyweight title in 2000 and defending it five times. However, The Huntington Beach Bad Boy, who is known for his wrestling, has never stepped inside the boxing ring professionally.
If Ortiz and Tyson do square off in a charity match, it would likely be in boxing, and Ortiz would be at a distinct disadvantage. Iron Mike is one of the most iconic boxers of all time, earning 44 knockouts in 50 wins.
Ortiz Is Currently on a 3 Fight Win Streak & Tyson Hasn’t Competed Professionally for 15 Years
At 43 years old, Ortiz has competed and won three times since 2017. He fought Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 on January 21, 2017, and he defeated “The American Gangster” by first-round submission. He then competed on November 24, 2018, when he fought his longtime rival Chuck Liddel for the third time.
The Huntington Beach Bad Boy lost their first two matches, but he managed to knock out “The Iceman” in the first round of their match during Golden Boy Promotions: Liddell vs. Ortiz 3. Just over a year later, on December 7, 2019, Ortiz won his third fight in a row when he defeated Alberto El Patron by first-round submission during Combate Americas 51: Tito vs. Alberto.
The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’s professional mixed martial arts record currently sits at 21-12-1. He has 10 wins by KO or TKO, five wins by submission and six wins by decisions.
On the other end, Iron Mike has not competed professionally for nearly 15 years. The last time he boxed was on June 11, 2005, when he lost to Kevin McBride. Tyson retired with a professional boxing record of 50-6 and two no contests.