Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort in December?
MMA legend Vitor Belfort,44 (1-0, 1 KO), who will face boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KO), 48, in a September exhibition, may already have a bout with pugilist icon Evander Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KO), 58, set for December.
“The Oscar De La Hoya fight has been re-scheduled for September 18. Then Holyfield in December. I’m so happy to see Anderson being a champ. I was rooting for him. To see Brazilians winning brings me a lot of joy," the Brazilian southpaw told Combate.
Holyfield, of course, is facing former heavyweight boxing contender Kevin McBride in an exhibition in August on Triller.
Belfort, no stranger to boxing, made his pro debut in the Sweet Science in 2006, winning via a first-round knockout. However, he started his professional MMA career 10 years earlier and eventually found success in the Octagon.
FightSaga Facts: Belfort is tied for third for the most stoppages in UFC history with 14 and has also competed for MMA promotions Pride FC, Strikeforce, Affliction, and Cage Rage.
A former MMA light heavyweight champion in UFC and Cage Rage, the 6'0" striker amassed a record of 26-14 and defeated the likes of Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, Michael Bisping, Rich Franklin, Randy Couture, and Wanderlei Silva. He's also shared the Octagon with Jon Jones, Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Alistair Overeem, Chris Weidman, and Anderson Silva.
Few mixed martial artists in MMA history have been as accomplished and well-traveled as Belfort who is known for his explosive knockout power.
Should Belfort and Holyfield mix it up in December, Evander will be 59. Nevertheless, he will be far from the oldest star to participate in a boxing exhibition. Fight legend Jack Johnson fought several professional boxing matches in his 50s and participated in exhibitions well into his 60s.
Holyfield last fought in May 2011 (Won TKO 10 Brian Nielsen) while Belfort's last fight was in May 2018 (Loss KO Front Kick 2 Lyoto Machida UFC 224).