Vitor Belfort picked up a huge victory on Saturday as he defeated the legendary Evander Holyfield in Triller’s main event.
The former UFC light-heavyweight champion stopped Holyfield in the first round after dropping the 58-year-old and following the knockdown with a barrage of unanswered punches.
The bout was due to be between ex-MMA star Belfort and Oscar De La Hoya, before the latter was hospitalised with coronavirus.
After his win over the Real Deal, The Phenom and Triller boss Ryan Kavanaugh called out Jake Paul after the fight.
So just who is he? Let’s take a look…
Vitor Belfort: Profile
Belfort was born on April 1, 1977 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to a French-Brazilian father and a Greek-Brazilian mother.
The 26-14 mixed martial arts ace has three children with wife Joana Prado and the pair have both appeared in the Brazilian edition of Playboy.
He has long been an advocate to raise awareness for human trafficking following the of disappearance of his sister in 2004.
Priscila Belfort was was kidnapped in Brazil and Elaine Paiva confessed to both her kidnapping and murder three years later.
Yet her remains were never found despite additional suspects Leonardo Luiz Batista and Leandro Ferreira Fernandes also being arrested in later years.
MMA star Vitor opened up on his family’s pain in 2020, as he told Fightful: “We don’t know. My mom thinks she is in sex trafficking still.
“I think she was brutally murdered by these people that live in a slum in Brazil.”
He added: “My sister has been missing since 2004. Human trafficking is a huge thing. No one is doing anything about it.
“We gotta stop it. Someone is doing something really, really bad. That’s my fight, that’s my cause.”
Vitor Belfort: Career to date
Belfort is tied for the most knockouts in UFC history with 12 while he also beat two fighters in his debut for the company at UFC 12 in 1997.
During his first run with Dana White, the Brazilian went 5-1, with his sole defeat coming to Hall of Famer Randy Couture.
Belfort then appeared in Japan’s PRIDE Fighting Championships, recovering from a points loss to Kazushi Sakuraba to record four successive wins.
He ultimately enjoyed three runs with the UFC before he was memorably knocked out by Lyoto Machida in his final octagon outing at UFC 244.
Belfort’s second stint with the MMA promotion proved his most successful as he captured the light-heavyweight title by beating Couture.
He won the 2004 fight in 49 seconds despite the bout taking place just weeks after his sister vanished.
The former champion was 8-6 during his third stint with the UFC and was knocked out four times in his last five bouts.
However, his defeat to Kelvin Gastelum was changed to a no contest after the middleweight contender tested positive for marijuana.
What has been said?
As many expected, the main event of Triller’s headline featuring Holyfield and Belfort had a sad conclusion.
Holyfield, who turns 59 next month, was beaten in the first round by former MMA star Belfort after the referee was forced to step in.
“We’ve got $25million,” Belfort said during his post-fight interview. “Winner takes all! Let’s go Jake Paul, stop running from me.
“He earned my respect, but he’s still a Disney kid! Let me teach you a lesson, you’re going to be my kid, I’ll be your daddy. I’m going to put you on my lap, you’re going to sleep like a baby.
“You better start training, all of your fans are going to be Vitor Belfort fans. I’ve got family, you don’t have family… America needs me, not you!”
Kavanaugh then upped the ante to $30m and to fight on Thanksgiving Day, November 25.
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