Upon his UFC release, Vitor Belfort will start a new conquest but this time it is in the boxing ring against Oscar De La Hoya.
Two legends of their respective sports were to meet at the Triller boxing event on September 18 but that has since changed to Sept.11. The news was first reported by Mike Coppinger with The Athletic.
Sources: Oscar De La Hoya and former UFC champion Vitor Belfort have agreed to a @triller exhibition boxing match on Sept. 18, likely in Las Vegas. 12-ounce gloves. De La Hoya hasn’t competed at since 2008 loss to Manny Pacquiao. Belfort is tied for third-most finishes in UFC
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) June 17, 2021
Vitor Belfort Continues The MMA vs. Boxing Trend
With so many cross-over fights with boxing and MMA, the lines are starting to blur. In recent times, we have seen the Paul brothers snatch all of the combat sports headlines, and now there’s another MMA vs. boxing fight on deck. Well, there are several ones of notable importance coming down the barrel.
In addition to Belfort and De La Hoya, Anderson Silva will fight Julio César Chávez Jr. where fans get to witness a fellow Brazilian striker take his game to the boxing realm. It doesn’t stop there as the latest crossover fight will feature Tyron Woodley against Jake Paul in late August.
Interestingly, Belfort was already scheduled to fight a YouTube star named “The Real Tarzann” but the fight has since fallen apart.
The Brazilian legend holds a professional MMA record of 26-14 and has been fighting since 1996! Certainly, his longevity is an inspiration to many, however, he will enter his boxing debut coming off a loss so perhaps fans can expect a fast start- which is why so many fight fans adore Belfort’s style of fighting.
On the other side of the coin, De La Hoya, 48, is still confident in his abilities to perform in the boxing ring. As the fight is an exhibition bout, the results will not affect the record of either participant. One thing is for sure, on September 11, the combat sports world will find out which life-long fighter has more left in the gas tank.
Do you think Vitor Belfort will be successful in his Triller boxing debut?