Vitor Belfort is the most recent ex-MMA star who will make the crossover to the boxing world.
Belfort, a former UFC gentle heavyweight champion, has agreed to an exhibition match with former longtime boxing champ and present promoter Oscar De La Hoya. MMA Junkie confirmed the information with an individual with information of the reserving after an preliminary report from The Athletic.
The combat will likely be below the Triller banner and is anticipated to happen Sept. 18 in Las Vegas as a part of a full weekend of occasions. In accordance with the particular person near the occasion, Friday will likely be a Verzuz occasion, and Saturday and Sunday will likely be full-day music festivals. The combat is anticipated to happen Saturday.
Belfort, who turned 44 in April, has not fought since UFC 224 in Might 2018. He introduced his retirement after his loss to fellow former champ Lyoto Machida. However the next yr, he signed with ONE Championship. And in April 2020, he introduced his promotional debut. However that debut by no means got here, and he’s not tied to the Asian promotion.
The 48-year-old De La Hoya is an Olympic gold medalist who held many titles in a number of weight lessons all through his distinguished boxing profession. He final fought in December 2008 and misplaced to Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas. Since then, his enterprise pursuits have been on the forefront, notably his Golden Boy Promotions fight sports activities firm. That promotion placed on the Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz combat in November 2018.
Extra particulars in regards to the Belfort-De La Hoya combat are anticipated to be introduced quickly.