UFC President Dana White was very impressed as he watched his close friend, former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs), return to the ring at the age of 54.
At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tyson returned to face former four division champion Roy Jones Jr. (66-9, 47 KOs), who is 51-years-old.
The fight ended in a disputed eight round draw. Most observers saw Tyson as the clear decision winner.
Tyson, a Hall of Famer, retired from the sport in 2005. Jones last fought in early 2018.
The contest had modified rules, with two-minute rounds and gloves that were larger than regulation.
When the contest was first announced, White was very worried about Tyson's health.
But after watching the fight, those worries have evaporated.
"I didn’t want to say anything negative because I love Tyson and he’s a good friend of mine. I was nervous. He’s  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  years old – fighting is young man’s game. All that being said, he looked f--king awesome tonight," White stated at the post-fight presser to UFC on ESPN 18.
“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 f--king zillion dollars, and it exceeded my expectations.
“Tyson won the fight. He looked good. 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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