Evander Holyfield will return to a boxing ring for the first time in a decade when he faces former UFC champion Vitor Belfort in the main event of Triller Fight Club’s pay-per-view card from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., on Saturday night.
Holyfield, the only four-time heavyweight champion, announced his return to the ring May 6, 2020. He intended to box for #Unite4OurFight, a cause that he said provides social and emotional development resources to children.
He was initially expected to fight former Irish heavyweight Kevin McBride — who notably retired Mike Tyson with a technical knockout victory in June 2005 — on the undercard of unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez Jr. vs. George Kambosos Jr., but the bout was postponed after Lopez tested positive for COVID-19.
Holyfield stepped in to fight Belfort on Sept. 3 when former six-division champion Oscar De La Hoya was forced to withdraw because of a positive COVID-19 test. Holyfield, who is just over a month shy of turning 59, would have been/is believed to be the second-oldest fighter to ever compete in a professional boxing match.
Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champion who has appeared in just one previous boxing match in his career, last fought in the MMA organization in May 2018, when he lost by knockout to Lyoto Machida. Belfort was previously the youngest fighter to score a victory inside the Octagon, winning the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament in February 1997.
In 25 career UFC fights, Belfort had 14 finishes, tied for the third-most in the organization’s history.
Sporting News will provide live updates of the main event.
Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort live updates, highlights
Round 1 (10:10 p.m.): Holyfield looks for range with his jab. It’s a very slow jab. A very, very slow jab. Misses a slow right hand. Belfort lands a left hook and Belfort is all over him. Holyfield slips and nearly falls out of the ring. This is rough. An uppercut puts Holyfield down. This is sad. Belfort jumps on Holyfield again, lands a barrage of punches. The referee stops it. It’s over. And Holyfield has the nerve to be mad.
10:04 p.m.: Before making his way to the ring, Vitor Belfort ends his interview by saying “Let’s make America great again!” And the crowd shouts in approval. This is interesting.
9:55 p.m.: During the ten bell salute in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the attacks of September 11, a woman can be heard shouting curse words as the crowd attempts to silence her. It would be out of place anywhere but at this event. Oh, and a “We want Trump” chant has broken out. Good times.
9:40 p.m.: Welcome everyone to the live blog for the main event between 58-year-old Evander Holyfield and former UFC heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort. We’re moments away as the co-main event has just wrapped up and we’re getting our last live performance of the night.
Holyfield vs. Belfort PPV with Donald Trump ‘No Holds Barred’ commentary price, how to watch
Those who want to watch the Holyfield-Belfort pay-per-view card can do so in the United States for $49.99. Boxing fans can watch the fight by ordering through FITE.TV, Triller Fight Club or a cable or satellite TV provider.
How to listen to the Trumps’ alternate commentary for Holyfield vs. Belfort PPV
To hear guest commentary by former President Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. during each match, viewers can utilize the secondary audio function (SAP) on their cable box or TV set. The suggested retail price for the four-fight PPV event is $49.99 (U.S. and Canada), and there is no additional fee to listen to the Trumps’ commentary on each fight.
What time does Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort start?
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 11
- Time: 7 p.m. ET | 4 p.m. PT
The Holyfield vs. Belfort card is expected to start at approximately 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. Three other fights will be held before the Holyfield vs. Belfort bout begins.
Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort card
- Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort; heavyweights
- Anderson Silva vs. Tito Ortiz; cruiserweights
- David Haye vs. Joe Fournier; heavyweights
- Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll; featherweights