Daniel Cormier retired from mixed martial arts in August following his unanimous decision loss to heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 252. And three months after the 43-year-old retired, “Iron Mike” laced his boxing gloves up after more than a decade out of competition and fought in an exhibition match against fellow legend Roy Jones Jr. The two boxed for eight rounds and the result was determined a draw by the WBC’s judges.
After the bout, Iron Mike, 54, made it clear that he intends to compete again in another boxing exhibition match, and since then, the combat sports world has been speculating about who his next opponent will be.
During the newest episode of ESPN’s DC & Helwani on Monday, Ariel Helwani revealed who was favored by oddsmakers to be Tyson’s next opponent. According to the odds at the time, Tyson’s two-time rival Evander Holyfield was favored as Iron Mike’s next opponent at -150. Another of Tyson’s former opponents, Lennox Lewis, was favored next at +300.
Former heavyweight champions Riddick Bowe and Shannon Briggs were listed at +500 and +800, respectively. Next, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was at +1000. Both brothers, former heavyweight champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, were at +1200.
Finally, Cormier himself was listed at +1500.
“Are you serious?” DC laughed, reacting to the odds of him being Iron Mike’s next opponent. “They put me on there? Why would they put me on there? Why would they put me in a boxing match with Mike Tyson?”