Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort results: Belfort stops ex-champ in first round of pathetic main event


Evander Holyfield, age 58, should never step into a boxing ring again. The living legend was pulverized, dropped and stopped by former UFC champion Vitor Belfort in the first round of their scheduled eight-round fight at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla., on Saturday night. 

Holyfield stepped in on short notice after Oscar De La Hoya tested positive for COVID-19. The fight was moved from California to Florida because to Holyfield was unable to get licensed in California. And it probably should have stayed that way.

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Instead, the soon-to-be 59-year-old former heavyweight champion stood no chance against Belfort, who wasted little time pouncing on him. Holyfield’s age and deteriorating reflexes were evident from the opening seconds as Belfort landed an overhand punch that sent him stumbling backward. Shortly after, Belfort put Holyfield down with a left uppercut. Holyfield got to his feet but was met with a barrage of punches that caused the referee to rescue him from further damage at 1:49 of the opening frame. 

It has been a decade since Holyfield last fought, and although his body looked the part, his skill was certainly lacking against the 44-year-old Belfort. 

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Holyfield said he was never hurt and protested the stoppage. He even went as far to suggest a potential boxing match with former rival Mike Tyson. With all due respect, nobody needs to see that. 

Afterward, Belfort called out Jake Paul for a $30 million winner-take-all showdown on Triller. 

Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from Holyfield vs. Belfort. Here’s how it all went down. 

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Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort live updates, highlights

(All times Eastern)

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 with a slow right hand. Belfort lands a left hook and 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. That was awful and everyone involved should be ashamed. 

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 10-bell salute in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the attacks of Sept. 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

  • Vitor Belfort def. Evander Holyfield via 1st-round TKO (1:49).
  • Anderson Silva def. Tito Ortiz via 1st-round KO (1:21).
  • David Haye def. Joe Fournier via unanimous decision (79-72, 80-71, 79-72).
  • Jono Carroll def. Andy Vences via majority decision (97-93, 97-93, 95-95).




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