Wanderlei Silva reportedly offered $10M for potential Mike Tyson matchup

Evander Holyfield connecting with a left in his heavyweight bout against Mike Tyson in 1997 which was notoriously known as 'The Bite Fight' after the latter was disqualified for biting off a chunk of his opponent's ear

BKFC To Offer Mike Tyson More Than $20 Million To Fight Wanderlei Silva

A $32 million deal is reportedly on the table, including further incentives and charitable donations to make the offer even sweeter, for the former heavyweight world champion to fight in the relatively underground Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC).

"Yes, I want to fight Mike Tyson", Holyfield told The Sun this month.

Ortiz, sporting a T-shirt bearing the slogan "Donald Trump Real American Hero", said he had "nothing but respect" for Tyson, who last fought in 2005.

Following his retirement, Tyson returned to the ring with a short-lived exhibition tour in 2006 and earlier this month he said he was considering fighting for charity again. If he hits me I'm gonna hit you back, that's what boxing is really about.

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Holyfield, 57, and Tyson, 53, participated in legendary fights during their storied careers, which cumulated in the controversial 1997 bout infamously known as "The Bite Fight", that saw Tyson get disqualified after he chomped off a chunk of Holyfield's ear. Anybody that I get in the ring with, if I'm in there with my brother, if he tag me I'm gonna tag him back. "Sometime this week we'll have the contract done".

The duo's potential return to the ring has been heavily criticised by some, given the fighters' ages and the subsequent dangers involved, but Holyfield said inspiring young people served as motivation.

"I think I know what we need to do to make this thing happen", BKFC President David Feldman said.

"If we do this fight it would be great". When they see me box at 58 years old, they're gonna go 'Wow, how did you do that?' Taking care of yourself, listen to your momma, listen to your father. "And if the money is right, too, then let's get it on".

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Holyfield told Mannix that he'd rather fight Riddick Bowe, who he lost to twice in three fights.

The BKFC boss didn't confirm exactly how much the contract would be worth, but did confirm that MMA legend Tito Ortiz would not be in the running to face Tyson, and instead mooted the idea of "dangerous" former UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva.

And Ortiz believes the fight has the potential to make somewhere in the region of $1billion, twice that of the last time MMA and boxing crossed paths.

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