Leave it to an MMA fighter to miss weight for a boxing match.
On Saturday, Triller Fight Club is running a boxing event titled “Legends II” in which it will pit a boxing legend against an MMA legend. For boxing, 58-year-old Evander Holyfield, who has not fought as a pro in over a decade, will represent his sport. Against him is the relatively youthful Vitor Belfort, age 44, who is stepping up from his intended 185-pound scrap with Oscar De La Hoya to meet Holyfield at heavyweight. The heavy hitters had no issues coming in below the unlimited heavyweight cap, but the same could not be said about every competitor on the card.
Beyond a few charity exhibition excursions, this will be Holyfield’s (44-10-2, 1 NC, 29 KOs Box) first boxing tilt since his presumptive retirement match in 2011 against Brian Nielsen. The longtime heavyweight champ retired on a three-fight unbeaten streak, and even won a mid-tier WBF Federation belt at the ripe age of 47. Over the years, “The Real Deal” has fought and beaten the likes of George Foreman, Ray Mercer and Riddick Bowe, but may be most known for his pair of tilts with Mike Tyson where the Tyson bit part of his ear off in their rematch. The five-time heavyweight champion, coming in on short notice, hit the scales at 225.4 ready pounds.
Belfort (26-14, 1 NC; 1-0 Box), whose last pro bout came in MMA and not boxing, said goodbye to the sport following a knockout loss to Lyoto Machida in 2018. “The Phenom” signed with One Championship for a possible return, but he was released before competing. His lone boxing match came in 2006 over 0-0 opponent Josemario Neves, and he knocked Neves out. Belfort, who has not competed at heavyweight since his first run in Pride Fighting Championships that ended in 2001, weighed in much lower than his opponent at 206.2 pounds.
The co-main event was to be a 195-pound catchweight affair between MMA greats Anderson Silva (192.6) and Tito Ortiz (200), but the latter came in five pounds above that limit – four if a one-pound allowance applies in this catchweight contest. Silva famously stated before the match that if Ortiz misses weight, the fight is off. Per MMA Fighting, however, "The Spider" has begrudgingly accepted the fight and Ortiz has been fined 20% of his purse.
The boxing event hosted by Triller Fight Club will kick off on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Fite.tv pay-per-view. Both standard and alternate commentary streams will be made available for purchasers, with the latter a broadcast featuring commentary from former President Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr.
Triller Fight Club ‘Holyfield vs. Belfort’ Weigh-in Results:Evander Holyfield (225.4) vs. Vitor Belfort (206.2)
Anderson Silva (192.6) vs. Tito Ortiz (200)*
David Haye (211.5) vs. Joe Fournier (195.5)
Andy Vences (129.4) vs. Jono Carroll (130)
Anthony Chavez (129.2) vs. Diuhl Olguin (128)
Eliezer Silva (158) vs. Terry Roscoe (155)
* Ortiz missed weight and has been fined 20% of his purse.
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