Belfort requires ‘blended guidelines’ bouts between boxers and MMA fighters

After a 12 months of MMA fighters crossing over into boxing and getting largely clowned, Vitor Belfort joined Anderson Silva as one of many few incomes a W within the ring in opposition to Evander Holyfield at Triller’s September eleventh occasion (watch the highlights right here).

Alas, he gained’t get an excessive amount of credit score for beating up a clearly over the hill Evander Holyfield, who was saved by the referee a mere minute and a half into their bout. Holyfield was 58 and wanted Triller to re-locate the cardboard from California to Florida with a purpose to get licensed. As nice as he was once, you simply can’t snatch an excessive amount of glory out of a win like that.

However Belfort was nonetheless extraordinarily proud of the way in which issues turned out, as he defined throughout the Triller post-fight press convention.

“I’m very proud to have the ability to have this chance, to have Mr. President and his son come right here, entertain us all, offering his time with all of us,” Belfort stated. “Combating on this card with nice fighters. I’m very blessed proper now.”

“You’re by no means choose by what number of victories you have got, you’re judged by the blokes you’ve fought, the fights that you simply’ve fought. While you say ‘I’ve went to the Vietnam struggle,’ you gotta respect that warrior, it doesn’t matter what aspect it was. So a warrior respects one other warrior, it doesn’t matter. Martial arts teaches one thing totally different than boxing. Boxing is a sport, an artwork as effectively. However martial arts teaches you, you might be solely judged by the folks you competed in opposition to.”

“Generally you have got a wonderful file, however you haven’t confronted the best. So for me to have the ability to compete with Holyfield. I bear in mind once I was combating, I used to be the youngest champion combating two occasions, two guys similar evening. Holyfield was combating for $30 million {dollars} to battle Tyson. And also you used to battle, you must win $50,000 to beat two guys, no weight divisions, no group again within the day.”

“So it’s a privilege, boxing has been my high martial arts, I like it essentially the most. To have the ability to transition and have the ability to come right here and battle one of many best, the best heavyweight of all time was an exceptional alternative for me.”

Belfort made it clear that he supposed to maintain boxing with Triller, nevertheless it was unclear who could be subsequent. Belfort referred to as out Jake Paul and Canelo Alvarez, two lengthy pictures as a consequence of inter-promotional politics. He additionally sounded taken with re-booking a battle with Oscar De La Hoya, which we expect sounds just like the most certainly state of affairs.

Additional into the long run? Belfort imagines a scenario the place maybe the MMA vs Boxing taking part in subject might be leveled a bit with modified guidelines.

“I’m in search of us MMA followers to essentially battle boxers in a good approach that brings benefit for us as effectively,” Vitor stated. “As a result of the clinch, the place we do the boxing, the MMA is totally different. I hope we are able to seize the neck, push, seize the face. I’m not speaking about spinning punches as a result of boxers can’t deal with that very a lot, it takes time to do it. However I’d prefer to make some legendary fights the place you’ll be able to convey the grabbing half, the push, make it extra free within the clinch.”

“That’s one thing that may intrigue the followers and the fights could be enormous. Large fights might be damaged. I feel Triller can shift the business. As a result of while you mix each sports activities on the identical evening, the identical guidelines? The quantity of content material and other people will see one thing totally different. However till that occurs, I’ll field boxers.”

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