clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Midnight Mania! Evander Holyfield decides if Vitor Belfort match counts as pro fight

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight!

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Evander Holyfield v Vitor Belfort - Press Conference Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

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.

LIVE! Watch ‘Paul Vs. Diaz’ On DAZN PPV

READY FOR WAR! International superstar and serial risk-taker, Jake “The Problem Child” Paul, is once again up against a very big (and very different) challenge in regard to his budding combat sports career when he takes on former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstar (and Conor McGregor slayer), Nate Diaz, inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Sat., Aug. 5, 2023, streaming live on DAZN pay-per-view (PPV). “Paul vs. Diaz” which will also feature multiple-time women’s boxing champion, Amanda Serrano, battling former WBO queenpin, Heather Hardy, for the undisputed Featherweight title in DAZN’s PPV co-main event. Special start time is slated for 8 p.m. ET, with a PPV price tag of $59.99.

Don’t miss a single second of face-punching action!

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

We are less than a week away, and everything is set for the banner. Thank you again to all who donated, sent their support, and complimented the column! At this point, I can no longer guarantee the inclusion of any additional names, but all the previous options (venmo: AndyLRichardson (1572), PayPal, GoFundMe) are still open for anyone who doesn’t care about symbolism, because ... why not?


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.

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!

These two were SLINGING shots!

High flying techniques are cool, but not as cool as breaking down someone’s ability to stand up.

Random Land

Porcupines do not play around.

Midnight Music: MF DOOM forever!

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Mania Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Mania