Fans of Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, 44, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil finally saw him fight again after more than three years. The Brazilian mixed martial arts veteran recently signed with Triller.
On September 11, 2021, Belfort and Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, 58, of Atlanta, Georgia, United States battled it out in an exhibition heavyweight boxing match in a Triller event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, USA. The Brazilian-American fighter knocked out his American opponent in the first round.
Belfort’s original opponent was Oscar “The Golden Boy” de la Hoya, 48, of Los Angeles, California, USA. On September 3, 2021, the latter tested positive for new coronavirus (COVID-19) and was replaced by Holyfield.
After knocking out Holyfield, Belfort campaigned for a winner-take-all $30 million professional boxing bout between himself and Jake Paul, 24, of Westlake, Ohio, USA in Triller. According to Belfort, Paul deserves to fight him.
“He’s picking his fight,” Belfort said of Paul. “Now, he cannot say no to me. He’s got to say yes. We’ve got to teach him a lesson.”
Paul has yet to officially respond. He currently holds a professional boxing record of 4 wins and 0 loss.
From 1997 to 2018, Belfort competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. On April 26, 2018, he became a naturalized American citizen.
Belfort currently lives in Boca Raton, Florida. He was born to a French-Brazilian father and a Greek-Brazilian mother in Rio de Janeiro, where he grew up.