Triller Fight Club: Takeaways From Holyfield vs Belfort

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Tito Ortiz suffers a first round knockout in his professional boxing debut. Photo: Amanda Westcott/Triller Fight Club

Well, it was an interesting night of fights. And we’re back with three takeaways from Saturday’s Triller Fight Club: Legends II card.

Of all the events that have happened in the world of combat sports, that was one of them.

There were some fun moments at Triller Fight Club’s Legends II card. There were some extremely sad moments. And there were a whole hell of a lot of weird moments.

Here are three takeaways from Triller Fight Club’s Legends II card, headlined by Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort.

Evander Holyfield is knocked down during his fight with Vitor Belfort. Photo: Amanda Westcott/Triller Fight Club

1. Triller tempted fate and survived again. 

If this card had to have a 58-year-old Evander Holyfield in the main event, if he had to fight a Vitor Belfort who suddenly magically looks ten years younger, we probably got the best possible outcome.

Belfort blitzed Holyfield twice, who didn’t seem to take many blows clean, and the affair was stopped while Holyfield was still standing. The fact that the bout was sanctioned was embarrassing, and it is a massive stain on the Florida athletic commission. Which didn’t exactly have a glowing reputation to begin with. But they got away with it this time. Triller lives to fight another day because a tragedy was avoided involving a fighter who shouldn’t have been in the ring period.

That doesn’t mean that this was a fun event, or that everything is all good because nobody died. Credit to referee Samuel Burgos, who was the real winner on the night, stopping the fight at exactly the right moment to keep Holyfield from taking unnecessary damage.

If Triller keeps on doing these events with either old fighters, or non-boxers, eventually something is going to go wrong. Just because everything went okay now, doesn’t mean it will later.

Triller desperately needs to figure out a better game plan than having these weird nostalgia/freakshow fights, because the appetite will be gone sooner rather than later. Nobody likes watching their heroes get beat up.

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