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Vitor Belfort on Training With Mike Tyson: Takes a lot of Courage To Return at 53

MMA veteran Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort was recently spotted with former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson over the weekend at an All Elite Wrestling (AEW) event.

The two legends attended the Double Or Nothing pay-per-view show last Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida.

Belfort was excited enough to envision himself stepping into the squared circle alongside Tyson.

“I think AEW should have Mike [Tyson] and myself do a tag team match against two of their champions. Tony [Khan], the owner of AEW is a good friend of mine. That for me is a great idea and I'm open to it," Belfort said.


Tyson himself is no stranger to partaking in the theatrics of pro wrestling. The 53-year-old has appeared occasionally for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) over the years, and was even inducted into the WWE's Hall of Fame class of 2012.

“It will be the two youngest champions of combat sports against the two youngest champions of AEW,” Belfort lobbied his idea of a crossover match.

Tyson made headlines over the past couple of weeks when he announced his impending return to competition by posting a series of videos of himself in training.

Despite not having competed professionally since a 2005 stoppage loss to Kevin McBride, Tyson appears to be serious about making a comeback to the ring, as he showed off his incredible physique. Tyson has since declared his intent to participate in a series of exhibition bouts for charity.

Belfort, himself a battle-proven veteran in the cage, feels Tyson is now on a unique journey of self-discovery.

A new video appeared on the internet a few days, showcasing Tyson and Belfort training together.

"I think that (to fight again) is a decision Mike [Tyson] has made for himself. It takes a lot of courage to step back in the ring, especially at that age. I admire him for his bravery and wish him the best of luck,” said Belfort.

“He needs to train smart, because what used to work for him before might not work for him now. This is new ground he's discovering for himself, and it's a wonderful journey.”

At 43 years of age, Belfort is also on his own journey of sorts. The former UFC champion is going through a career revival with Singapore-based martial arts organization, ONE Championship. Belfort signed with ONE in 2019, and is in the process of ironing out details of his first bout with the promotion.

Being in a similar situation that Tyson now finds himself in, Belfort feels the right opponent will bring back “The Baddest Man on the Planet.”

"He (Tyson) needs to make smart choices,” Belfort offered his opinion.

“The right opponent is key. He needs an opponent that will bring value to the market, and not just an opponent that will try to make some money."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Kiowhatta on 05-27-2020

Although I'm personally against Mike returning to full professional boxing, in terms of an opponent, I think Shannon Briggs would be an ideal opponent for him. He's in the same age range, stays in shape, brings the brand of trash-talking…

Comment by Bunch Pag on 05-27-2020

With The figures banded about, it takes more courage to turn it down..

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