Triller Fight Club: Three Storylines to Watch at Holyfield vs. Belfort

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Evander Holyfield during an open workout ahead of his boxing return. Photo: Amanda Westcott/Triller Fight Club

Triller Fight Club is back with another controversial event this Saturday night, and we’ve got a look at three storylines to watch from the boxing spectacle.

The controversial Triller Fight Club is back, and with no MMA on this weekend it has the full attention of the combat sports world. The main event features the 58-year-old Evander Holyfield stepping in on short notice to take on the former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort. The “Legends 2” co-main also features MMA legends, with Anderson Silva taking on Tito Ortiz in an eight-round cruiserweight bout.

Here are three storylines to watch from Saturday’s card.

1. The Battle of the Ages

Or is that aged? Man, this is a rough one.

The main event of the latest Triller card was obviously supposed to be the big comeback of Hall-of-Famer Oscar De La Hoya taking on Vitor Belfort. However, De La Hoya tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and in turn, Triller started panicking looking for options. They then settled on Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, and the storyline makes sense, kind of. He’s a former heavyweight champion who’s closer in size to Belfort than De La Hoya was, and he’s been prepping for an exhibition bout. Makes all the sense in the world, right?

Well, it does until you remember that Holyfield is 58 years old. Closing in on 59. Now, it’s not entirely insane for a man that old to compete in an exhibition setting, as Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. did earlier this year — and he was older than Holyfield. However, this is a real bout, one that will count on their professional records. No headgear, eight rounds, etc. It is downright insane that Vitor Belfort, who is 44 years of age, will have an almost 15-year age advantage on an opponent. It’s shameful that the Florida state athletic commission accepted this fight with open arms with very few medical checks done on Holyfield.

This is not a storyline to watch for fun, this is one to watch with concern.