Evander Holyfield loses comeback fight while Trump commentates


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Did Evander Holyfield win the fight last night?

Two legends of combat sports squared off Saturday night with Vitor Belfort finishing Evander Holyfield via first-round TKO. After the bout, Belfort called out Jake Paul and Triller's CEO Ryan Kavanaugh offered to pay $30 million to the winner if it was made. The AthleticHolyfield vs. Belfort fight results: Live updates, Silva knocks out Ortiz, full recap of the PPV

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What time is Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort?

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How Donald Trump Jr.'s Request For Questions For Donald Went Terribly Wrong

Nicki Swift 12 September, 2021 - 02:04pm

On September 11, Donald Trump made a rare public outing at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida for a boxing match between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort. The former U.S. president, alongside his son Donald Trump Jr., joined rapper 50 Cent in the commentary booth, per CNN. Att the highly anticipated fight, which marked the former world champion's first time back in the ring in over a decade, Donald made his highest-profile public appearance since leaving the White House in January. "They say there is a lot of people watching," the former president said at one point during the match, sarcastically adding, "I can't imagine why," The New York Times reported.

The former commander-and-chief also addressed the crowd after "We Love Trump" chants erupted throughout the event. "Thank you very much, everybody. This is an honor to be with you and what a great evening. And I think you're going to see an incredible fight," he said, according to a clip retweeted on Don Jr.'s Twitter account. Donald could also be seen smiling and echoing, "That's good," under his breath when the audience continued chanting. "Thank you, everybody, very much. We love our country ... we love our country," he proclaimed.

Despite the warm welcome he received at the boxing match, Donald's son turned heads shortly before the event. To find out why Don Jr.'s request for questions for his father went terribly wrong, keep scrolling. 

Donald Trump may have been in the presence of his fans while commentating the Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort match at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida, but it wasn't before Donald Trump Jr. caused an uproar on Twitter. When the former president's son requested fans send in some questions to ask his dad, social media users called out the politicians for spending the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the sporting event.

"The biggest fight of the year this Saturday. My Dad – President Trump- & I, are commentating and we're going to have some fun," Donald Jr. tweeted on September 10. "I'll finally [be] pushing him on the burning question. Are aliens real and what's up with Area 51? Shoot me some other questions here!" Though some users obeyed in his request, some took the opportunity to call out the insensitivity. "How is this event in any way appropriate on the 20th anniversary of 9/11?" tweeted one user.

Other Twitter accounts made a joke of the ordeal, replying with messages like, "Ask him about his taxes..." and "What is the quid pro quo on this latest scam?" One person teasingly referenced Donald's ongoing claims that he won the 2020 presidential election, tweeting, "Is he going to advise the dude who gets knocked out to call the fight rigged?" 

Belfort overwhelms Holyfield in 1st-round finish

ESPN 11 September, 2021 - 09:30pm

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Evander Holyfield, five weeks shy of his 59th birthday, was stopped on his feet by former UFC champion Vitor Belfort just 1:49 into the opening round Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Belfort, 44, swarmed Holyfield from the opening bell and never let up in the Triller Fight Club main event, as former President Donald Trump watched from the commentary booth. Holyfield, the former heavyweight champion and one of boxing's all-time greats, showed no resistance in his first fight since 2011.

A flurry of punches sent Holyfield to the canvas, and after he beat the count, Belfort let his hands go until the ref wisely stopped the fight, saving Holyfield from further punishment.

"Did you see what he did to me? He tried to knock me out," Belfort told ESPN when asked if he felt remorse for Holyfield considering his advanced age. "He threw a hard cross and hard hooks. Instincts are hard, and instincts kick back.

"He came very hard in the beginning. It's a fight. He's a legend. ... My style has always been like that."

Belfort, who was boxing for just the second time after an illustrious MMA career, said he didn't know if the bout would count on his official record.

Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs), who landed only one punch, accepted the assignment on eight days' notice after Oscar De La Hoya tested positive for COVID-19. De La Hoya-Belfort was sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission, but executive director Andy Foster refused to sanction Holyfield-Belfort as even an exhibition.

Triller moved the entire event to the other coast, where it found a far more forgiving commission. Triller already had an obligation to Holyfield after signing him to a deal earlier this year in hopes it could match him with Mike Tyson in a follow-up to the massive commercial success of the Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. exhibition in November.

Tyson and Holyfield fought twice, in 1996 and 1997, in two of the biggest fights of all time. In the first bout, Ring Magazine's 1996 fight of the year, Holyfield upset Tyson with an 11th-round TKO. The rematch, of course, was the infamous "Bite Fight."

"This is the first time my kids ever told me ... 'Dad, you don't need to be getting hit,'" Holyfield told ESPN on Wednesday. "At least I'm fighting somebody that I know I can protect myself [against]. The whole thing's about protection. You don't become a good fighter until you know how not to get hit. ... I know all the things that's necessary to be safe."

Holyfield couldn't protect himself Saturday night -- at all. At his best, he was one of the most ferocious fighters the sport has ever seen, a Hall of Fame boxer beloved for his never-say-die attitude and gritty action fights.

His three fights with Riddick Bowe made up one of the most memorable trilogies of all time. His victory over an aging George Foreman was one of the first major pay-per-view events. But that was a long time ago.

"It's kind of hard to turn down a big sum of something when you know you can do it," Holyfield said Wednesday. "Plus you gotta understand, they saying fight somebody who boxing ain't his thing."

Belfort's only other pro boxing match was in 2006, a first-round knockout victory in his native Brazil. It's hard to say if Belfort has any boxing ability, because he never really had a chance to show it on this night. He didn't need to.

"He's the most happy guy in the whole entire world right now," Belfort said of De La Hoya.

Saturday night marked Belfort's first action since May 2018, a second-round knockout loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 224. That was Belfort's fourth loss in six Octagon appearances. He announced his retirement after the bout.

His MMA career might be over, but there's surely more money to be made in boxing, a sport that's embracing novelty events like these at the moment.

Vitor Belfort beats Evander Holyfield with a first round TKO

Yahoo Sports 11 September, 2021 - 09:17pm

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Holyfield, in his first fight in more than a decade, fell to UFC Hall of Famer Vitor Belfort via a first round TKO on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Belfort had Holyfield, now 58, stumbling around the ring out of control for most of the first round before the official called it off. Holyfield seemed like he never stood much of a chance.

— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) September 12, 2021

Holyfield struggled to get his footing early on, and at one point he lost his balance and nearly fell through the ropes and out of the ring entirely. Belfort got a knockdown shortly after Holyfield got back up, and then landed nearly two dozen uncontested shots before the official stopped the match.

“The guy pushed me. The guy’s strong,” Holyfield said after the loss. “I wasn’t hurt … The thing is, it wasn’t no shot that really hurt me real bad. He’s just strong and he gave me a shot and I fell down.”

Holyfield said he wasn't hurt at all after the fight, and that he didn't think the official should have stopped the fight when he did.

“It’s kind of sad. It is what it is,” he said of the whole experience.

Holyfield was a late addition to the event, as he replaced Oscar de la Hoya after he tested positive for COVID-19 less than two weeks ago. Holyfield hasn’t fought since 2011 — when he beat Brian Nielsen with a 10th round TKO. He held a 44-10-2 overall record with 29 knockouts headed into Saturday’s bout, and last held a major heavyweight title in 2000.

Belfort has only boxed professionally once in his career, having knocked out Josemario Neves in 2006. The former UFC champion, however, boasts a 26-14 record in the Octagon. He last fell to Lyoto Machida in 2018.

Though the event was full of stunning, strange moments — including a speech from former President Donald Trump and a woman being ejected from the venue during a moment of silence honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — Belfort is clearly trying to use it as a stepping stone for a bigger bout.

He now has his eyes set on Jake Paul.

Belfort called out Paul, saying he wanted to fight the YouTuber turned fighter next. Triller even stepped in and offered a $30 million prize for a fight around Thanksgiving.

— theScore (@theScore) September 12, 2021

“Hey Jake, you got my respect but I’m going to put you in my lap,” Belfort said on the broadcast. “You’re going to cry like a baby.”

Trump provided commentary on an alternate stream of the fight.

“You could see right from the beginning, [Holyfield] was not the same fighter," Trump said after the fight was stopped, via USA Today. "That left jab was very slow. He’s lost a lot.’’

Trump then spoke directly to Belfort from his box after the win, and called the Brazilian a "great patriot." 

Donald Trump congratulates Vitor Belfort after beating ‘one of the greatest of all time’ Evander Holyfield.#TrillerFightClub results: https://t.co/0iQ2VXx0y4 pic.twitter.com/TKRZwVWp8i

— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 12, 2021

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