Boxing Wins for Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva Counted as Exhibitions, Not Professional Bouts

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 13, 2021

The boxing victories earned by Vitor Belfort and Anderson Silva at a Triller Fight Club event this past Saturday will not count on either fighter’s professional record.

The Florida State Boxing Commission revealed on Monday that all bouts held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., will be regarded as exhibitions. That notably includes Belfort’s stoppage of Evander Holyfield and Silva’s knockout of Tito Ortiz. Boxing journalist Dan Rafael was first to report on the status of the Triller bouts.

A former UFC light heavyweight champion, Belfort defeated 58-year-old Holyfield via technical knockout 1:49 into the opening round of their heavyweight clash. Belfort was originally supposed to meet Oscar De La Hoya before De La Hoya contracted COVID-19. The event was then relocated from California to Florida because the California State Athletic Commission refused to license Holyfield. Belfort’s professional boxing record will remain 1-0, with his lone victory coming over Josemario Neves in 2006.

Silva, meanwhile, dispatched fellow former UFC title holder Ortiz via KO 1:21 into the opening stanza of their matchup. It was Ortiz’s first foray into boxing, while Silva was coming off a split-decision triumph over former champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Mexico on June 19. That fight was scheduled to be contested at 195 pounds, but Ortiz checked in at 200 pounds at Friday’s weigh-ins.

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