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Generally speaking, there are two types of old people boxing matches. On one hand, there’s the considerably safer exhibition matches, a label which includes rules aimed at safety (i.e. shorter/fewer rounds) and does not necessarily produce a winner — think Mike Tyson’s recent legends bout vs. Roy Jones Jr. Alternatively, it can be a straight up pro fight, and no precautions are taken.
Promoters often like to blur this line to really sell the match up one way or another.
Seeing as Vitor Belfort and Evander Holyfield were matched up rather haphazardly at the final moment, it was not clear exactly what rule set the two would compete under, but it’s been largely assumed to be a full professional contest. However, Triller co-founder Ryan Kavanaugh revealed that the decision is actually up to Holyfield as to whether or not the outcome will go down on his official record.
“If Holyfield doesn’t want this to go on his BoxRec due to his age, we’ll allow him to make the decision and still follow all the other rules,” Kavanaugh told ESPN. “As of now the fighters are comfortable with how it stands and we’re going to revisit this over the next couple of days to decide. We’ve spoken to Holyfield and Vitor and the commission; no matter what, this will be scored as a pro fight, there will be a clear winner and it will be treated with pro rules.”
Ultimately, it sounds as if Holyfield will be trading very real punches with Belfort one way or another ... for better or worse.
The Return Of Shameless Self-Promotion
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I do not fully understand the usage of the tire, but I would never question Anderson Silva.
Jim Miller’s 38th trip to the Octagon has been delayed, here’s wishing the veteran a speedy recovery.
Whatever happened next does not matter: green hoodie takes the W!
This account tweets out satirical UFC/MMA headlines, and it’s worth a follow.
Michael Chandler to star as the lead role for the Muhammad Ali movie remake https://t.co/HV3wSfV3o6— mmaFpress (@mmaFpress) September 10, 2021
Jiu-jitsu nerds are an entirely different breed.
I could watch people try to punch Francis Ngannou in the gut all day.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
I do not feel like the MMA community is appropriately hyped for the return of Nick Diaz. Sure, he’s older now and probably won’t look like peak Diaz, but he’s REMATCHING ROBBIE LAWLER! This is historic!
Nick Diaz returns to the UFC in just 15 days time— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) September 10, 2021
Relive one of the craziest rounds of all time as Diaz and Paul Daley went hell for leather in Strikeforce! pic.twitter.com/Mp1VmasEmS
The only remaining UFC fighters who competed in PRIDE pic.twitter.com/NaLcqPAJHQ— Kairos (@KAIROSMMA2) September 10, 2021
These two were SLINGING shots!
High flying techniques are cool, but not as cool as breaking down someone’s ability to stand up.
Porcupines do not play around.
Midnight Music: MF DOOM forever!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.