Mike Tyson’s long-awaited UFC debut is coming in London, and the former heavyweight champion will fight at the event against the undefeated Brazilian Jose Aldo.UFC London kicks off in earnest on April 16, but Tyson is no stranger to the octagon.
He’ll be making his UFC fight debut at the end of the year, as he’s coming off a devastating knockout of Anthony Pettis at UFC Fight Night: Couture.
“I’m really excited to be back on the mat,” Tyson said.
“I’m going to be looking for the win.
It’s the first fight of my career and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Tyson, who has made his UFC debuts in his native Canada and New Zealand, says that Aldo will be a tough opponent to beat.
“Jose Aldo is a tough guy, a hard fighter,” Tyson told MMAjunkie.
“It will be tough, and I’ve fought a lot of tough guys in my career, so I’m going for the finish.”
Tate, whose last fight ended in a controversial split decision loss, was a part of the UFC’s first-ever women’s card, headlined by women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
He’s also made his presence felt in mixed martial arts, winning the first UFC lightweight title in February of 2016.
The bout between Tyson and Aldo takes place at London’s O2 Arena, where the UFC originally announced its card.
Aldo and Tyson will meet for the first time at UFC London, with Tyson’s debut coming less than a year after he had his title shot snatched away by Rousey in a loss.
The UFC will also pay tribute to the former champion by having her inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Tyson says he is looking forward as well to the chance to face Aldo, who he defeated in his UFC title defense at UFC 169 in May of 2014.
“The Ultimate Fighting Championship” veteran has been battling with a knee injury, but says he’ll be ready to compete at UFC 170.
“This is my first fight in a long time, and this is my next fight,” Tyson says.
“So it’s exciting to have a chance to fight at UFC 171, and it’s a good opportunity to go out there and put myself in the best shape of my life.”