Tyson Tyson Tyson is a fighter that is rarely seen, but he is one of the biggest names in MMA and his retirement is an important step in his comeback to the UFC.
The UFC announced Friday it would pay Tyson $1.75 million in retirement benefits for his return to the cage, and it will pay him the same as he did last November.
Tyson, a former Strikeforce champion and one of its most successful fighters, announced he was retiring from the sport in May, but in the past year he has been on a tear, defeating former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in his Octagon debut and becoming the UFC’s most decorated fighter.
He was a contender for the title before it became a belt, and his return as a champion has put him back in the spotlight.
Tysa had been out of the sport for nearly two years before signing with the UFC in 2015.
He won his UFC debut in May 2016, but was knocked out in the first round by Anthony Pettis.
Tyson won his last fight in December and has been unbeaten in the UFC since the promotion launched the pay-per-view in January 2017.
Talks have been ongoing between the UFC and Tyson, who had to compete for a spot on the main card in the Octagon in January because of a knee injury.