Vitor Belfort stops Evander Holyfield in first, calls out Jake Paul for $30 million 'winner take all' fight
Belfort made easy work of 58-year-old Holyfield
58-year-old Evander Holyfield stepped back into the boxing ring on Saturday night, taking on former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort in the main event of a Triller Fight Club pay-per-view. The worries of those who felt Holyfield should not step into the ring, even in an exhibition capacity, were quickly proven right as Belfort cruised to a first-round TKO victory.
Holyfield quickly looked his age, he was off-balance on his early power punches, missing on one wild shot that caused him to spin around and fall to the ground. After Holyfield got back to his feet, Belfort pounced, landing a hook and an uppercut that sent Holyfield stumbling backward before hitting the canvas.
Holyfield managed to beat the count but Belfort continued his offensive flurry. As the punches continued to land and Holyfield was forced to just cover up until the referee was forced to jump in and stop the fight at the 1:49 mark of Round 1.
"The guy is strong but I wasn't hurt," Holyfield said of the stoppage. "The thing is, it wasn't no shot that really hurt me bad. He hit me with a shot and I was off balance. I'm not hurt. I'm not. It's kind of sad. It is what it is."
Belfort immediately made a call for more big fights as he said he intends to continue on as a boxer at 44 years old.
"I want to thank Holyfield for stepping up," Belfort said. "I came to knock people out. Get ready boxers, you have to come to my world. Champions, don't be afraid of competition."
Belfort's attention then turned to announcing an offer for a "winner take all" fight with social media star-turned-boxer Jake Paul. An offer that was immediately backed up by Triller's executives.
"We've got $25 million dollars," Belfort said. "Hey, Jake Paul, stop running from me, man. You can be my kid."
Triller CEO Ryan Kavanaugh then pumped the offer up to $30 million.
There are some obvious issues making the fight happen. Triller promoted Paul's fight with Ben Askren before Paul left Triller and signed a deal with Showtime, a deal that began with his pay-per-view win over Tyron Woodley in August. At the time of the split, Kavanaugh claimed that Paul's main event with Askren was a one-time thing and that they had no intentions of having him headline future events.
The contract situation likely makes for an impossible situation for that fight to happen any time soon. Triller's execs called for the fight to take place on Thanksgiving weekend, which adds even more complications as Paul stated he wanted to take time off from fighting after his win over Woodley, though he did later agree to a rematch if Woodley followed through with their pre-fight bet of getting "I love Jake Paul" tattooed on his body. Furthermore, there's no chance anyone agrees to a fight under "winner take all" terms.
After telling Paul he could come "meet daddy," Belfort also called out boxing's pound-for-pound best fighter, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez for another fight that has next to no chance of ever happening.
"He will not fight me at 185, I promise you. He will not have the balls to come, I promise you," Belfort said.
CBS Sports was with you throughout the entire way on Saturday, so be sure to read the live results and highlights below.
Fight card, results
- Vitor Belfort def. Evander Holyfield via TKO, Round 1
- Anderson Silva def. Tito Ortiz via knockout, Round 1
- Jono Carroll def. Andy Vences via majority decision (95-95, 97-93, 97-93)
- David Haye def. Joe Fournier via unanimous decision (79-72, 80-71, 79-72)
Holyfield vs. Belfort scorecard, live coverage
Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort -- Round 1: Holyfield opened up with a few jabs as Belfort circled with his guard up high. Holyfield threw a left hook and Belfort stepped inside with a left hook and a series of hard shots before Holyfield fell after missing a punch. Holyfield got up and Belfort dropped him with an uppercut. Holyfield got back to his feet and Belfort flurried until the referee stepped in for the stoppage. A fair call given Holyfield's age and that he'd been hurt already.
Holyfield and Belfort are in the ring, national anthems done and official introductions done. The fight is ready to start any moment.
Holyfield and Belfort are about to make their ring walks for the main event.
A bit more music and then we will head to the main event as Evander Holyfield faces Vitor Belfort.
Official result: Anderson Silva def. Tito Ortiz via knockout, Round 1
Anderson Silva vs. Tito Ortiz -- Round 1: Two-minute rounds for this fight, just like every other fight on the card except the previous one. Ortiz slowly moved foward with some pawing punches before trying to let his hands go. Ortiz's punches were incredibly slow. Silva covered up and doged in the corner before Silva cracked him with a series of lefts and Ortiz crumbled to the mat unconscious. Brutal finish for Silva!
We are getting ready for Anderson Silva vs. Tito Ortiz in a battle of former UFC champions. There's a massive striking and technique difference here with Silva being far better.
Official result: Jono Carroll def. Andy Vences via majority decision (95-95, 97-93, 97-93)
Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll -- Round 10: Carroll landed a sharp overhand left early in the round. Vences landed his own straight right and slid off-center to pop a few good jabs. This turned into a surprisingly good fight and the scorecards are bound to be extremely interesting after good showings from both men.
Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll -- Round 9: The ringside doctor gave Carroll a big look between rounds though there didn't appear to be any significant damage on his face. Carroll opened the round aggressively, throwing big flurries and overwhelming Vences. Vences hung in and eventually was firing back but Carroll had a big bounceback round as we head to the tenth and final frame.
Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll -- Round 8: Carroll started the round trying to use movement again, forcing Vences to come to him. That didn't last long before Carroll landed a punch and started pushing forward. Vences tracked down Carroll and sent him two steps back into the ropes with a right hand before cracking with another overhand right, reddening the face of Carroll. Vences landed a three-punch combination and became the one throwing out taunts after all the talk from Carroll earlier in the fight.
Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll -- Round 7: Both men connected with clean shots in an exchange to start the round. The action continued to pick up with both men letting their hands go and both landing some good shots. Vences landed a good right straight with a left hook that came right behind it. Vences also landed a good body shot late in the round and the two finally exchanged a bit of respect after the bell.
Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll -- Round 6: Vences started trying to take on the aggressor role in the sixth round, forcing Carroll backward a bit and opening up a big overhand right. Vences also cracked with a clean jab. Those were key shots in the best round of the fight for Vences. Close rounds are piling up in this one with Vences doing some sneaky work and Carroll being a bit more "showy" with what he has done offensively.
Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll -- Round 5: Carroll turned up the pressure again early in the round, getting punches off quickly and not letting Vences set his feet as he had when he got his offense going in the fourth round. Vences managed to get in a good right hand and Carroll waived him forward before landing a good right hand to end the round.
Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll -- Round 4: Carroll received a warning for pulling Vences' head down and throwing punches but Vences still was just not throwing enough punches to slow down Carroll. Vences did do more good work to the body and used that to try and push Carroll back. Vences started mixing up attacks to the body and head, causing Carroll to respond with some taunts but it was Vences' best action of the fight.
Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll -- Round 3: Carroll tried to flurry with a big combination but Vences slipped most of them and landed a short counter. Carroll still remained more effective in his offense and spent part of the round talking to Vences. Vences did land a very crisp right to the body and started to put a bit more power on his punches, leading to some better shots down the stretch of the third round.
Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll -- Round 2: Carroll opened up with a few jabs before pushing forward with a straight left to the body. That left to the body remained a key part of Carroll's attack. Carroll brought that left hand upstairs to land a clean straight to Vences' face. Vences struggled to get going for most of the round, only landing a few single punches here and there while Carroll got in the more cracking punches.
Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll -- Round 1: Mostly a feeling-out kind of round, though Carroll scored with some good shots to the body. That body work did set up a few good jabs to the head late in the round for Carroll. After the bell, the two engaged in a brief staredown.
Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll is up next in a super featherweight title eliminator. This is the most legitimate fight on the card.