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WATCH: Belfort finishes Holyfield, rudely calls out Jake Paul

10:48, 12 September 2021
WATCH: Belfort finishes Holyfield, rudely calls out Jake Paul Photo: Oleksiy Maksymenko/imageBROKER.com

Ex-UFC light-heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort faced the living legend of boxing Evander Holyfield at the main event of the Triller Fight Club on Saturday that took place in Florida.


Brazilian 44-year-old fighter outnumbered his 58-year-old opponent Evander Holyfield in punches and in-ring activities as the referee immediately stopped the bout 11 seconds before the first round ended.

Belfort dropped Holyfield with several heavy punches before the fight ended, that was enough for the referee to decide that fight shouldn’t be continued.

Holyfield opposed the referee’s stepping in into the fight hinting he was alright and could proceed to fight. However, the referee was adamant and his decision has been already made.

Usually calm and mild-mannered Belfort became untypically for him rude as during the press conference he called out Jake Paul for the battle.

“Jake Paul – stop running from me. You are going to be my kid. You are going to meet your daddy,” Belfort said into the camera.

Ryan Kavanagh, Triller CEO, afterward stepped into the ring offering $30 million for the fight between Belfort and Paul on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. A blogger, who became a successful boxer, Jake Paul, hasn’t given any commentary yet regarding Belfort’s call-out. 

Former US President Donald Trump attended the event as a guest commentator. Junior Dos Santos, former UFC heavyweight champion, who also was at the event, enjoyed being with Trump and had a good conversation with the former President at the event.

“I’m impressed with how much the gentleman knows about boxing,” Junior Dos Santos said.

Initially, the main event of the Triller Fighting Club Legends should have been headlined with Vitor Belfort vs. Oscar De La Hoya fight. But COVID-19 infection struck De La Hoya and he had been urgently sent to a medical facility for treatment. Currently, Oscar De La Hoya is released from the hospital and his health condition considers to be normal.