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Evander Holyfield Vs. Vitor Belfort: Odds, Records, Prediction

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at September 11, 2021

If you thought the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort matchup was a ridiculous idea, it doesn’t have anything on its replacement after De La Hoya contracted COVID-19. Now, 58-year-old Evander Holyfield, who was already training for another bout, will step in on short notice to fight the former MMA star. If you feel icky about watching this fight, you probably won’t be alone. Yet, you can make bets anyway. Here’s everything you need to know about Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort, including the odds, their records and a prediction on who will win.

When it was De La Hoya vs. Belfort, the matchup seemed somewhat fair: one of the most popular boxers of the last three decades against a once-dangerous UFC light heavyweight champion who is now 44 years old. Now it’ll be Holyfield, one of the best 10 heavyweight champions in history who’s 58 years old, an impressive sports ambassador, and also a guy who hasn’t had a real fight in 10 years.

Yet, here they are.

“Training is what I do. Like I tell the young people, if you do things right, it will work out for you. That works for older folks too,” Holyfield said his week. “Boxing is a game and I know how to prepare for it against Vitor Belfort. I’m sure if I was getting in his game, I’d be in trouble, but he’s getting into my game, so he’s in trouble.”

There’s no doubt that if Belfort was facing the Holyfield of 20 years ago—heck, probably even 10 years ago—he’d have almost no chance to beat Holyfield. But now Belfort is the betting favorite. And for good reason. Holyfield is almost 60 years old.

“The king of the jungle is the lion, not the elephant,” Belfort said. “I’m smaller than Evander, but I’m the lion. Speed and power are more important than size.”

When Mike Tyson fought Roy Jones Jr. in a Triller exhibition last November, it ended up being a fun event to watch. The same goes for the recent contests of YouTube stars Jake and Logan Paul. It remains to be seen whether there will be any fun in watching Holyfield vs. Belfort, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Here’s more info on the Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort showdown that U.S. viewers can watch on Triller PPV for $49.99 beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort odds

When it was De La Hoya vs. Belfort, the MMA fighter was the +162 underdog. But against Holyfield, Belfort is the solid betting favorite. As of this writing, Belfort was the -275 favorite (bet $275 to win $100), while Holyfield was the +230 underdog (win $230 on a $100 wager). Keep in mind that the money lines have shifted dramatically in the past few days. When the bout was first announced, Holyfield was -140 and Belfort was +110.

Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort records

Holyfield had an amazing career, beating Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Riddick Bowe, Larry Holmes and Michael Moorer. Even at the age of 48, he was good enough to beat a former solid journeyman in Brian Nielsen. Yes, he lost to some of the best fighters of his generation as well, but Holyfield finished with a record of 44-10-2 (29 KOs).

Belfort is 1-0 as a professional boxer, having knocked out a no-hoper 15 years ago. Belfort made his money and fame in the octagon, amassing an MMA record of 26-14 with 18 stoppages. Included in his 21-year MMA career, he won the UFC light heavyweight title by beating Randy Couture in 2004. Belfort, though, lost his belt back to Couture seven months later, and he failed three other times when trying to win a UFC championship.

Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort prediction

I’ll be honest. I have no idea who’s going to win this fight. And I don’t even want to pick, because I don’t feel good that this fight is even occurring. So, my only prediction is that the fight will go over 5.5 rounds (you can get that at -115). Hopefully, everybody walks away from this fight as healthy as possible.

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