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Evander Holyfield’s return to the ring this Saturday (Sept. 11, 2021) was not exactly planned. However, when Oscar De La Hoya was taken out by COVID-19, Vitor Belfort was left without a dance partner for his Triller boxing crossover. Holyfield jumped on the opportunity, and the Florida Athletic Commission didn’t have a problem with it.
Perhaps they should.
Today’s open workout release does not paint a flattering picture of where Holyfield currently stands. The former boxing champion does not look agile or powerful; rather, he looks something more akin to cannon fodder for an insanely jacked “Phenom.” There are countless comments expressing concern for “The Real Deal,” but watch below and form your own opinions:
This video was released at a similar time as Brendan Schaub’s story about Holyfield needing a handler seven years ago has been spreading around. The retired fighter did not at all sound optimistic about Holyfield’s return.
“I was at a charity function with Evander seven years ago, and he had to have a handler to steer him where to go cause he didn’t know where he was at, so I don’t know if he should be fighting,” Schaub said (via BJPenn). “But Evander, I have no idea how he’s going to look like (against Belfort). Now, when I saw him at that charity function, maybe he had some drinks, I don’t know, maybe he was just out of it. But a guy did have to whisper in his ear everybody’s name and show him where to go.”
Defending himself against such concerns, Holyfield himself explained, “The thing is, I have more experience in boxing. I would have a problem if I was gonna do the MMA ring, that ain’t what I do. I know that I do boxing and I took care of myself ... With an MMA guy [Belfort], he do a couple things right, he know how to throw punches and deliver hard shots. But, I can do more. I bring more to the game.”
Now, that’s my transcription, but there’s some hesitancy and mumbled words in there, so perhaps it’s best if everyone check out the clip for themselves below:
.@holyfield has a message for those concerned about his age heading into his boxing match against Vitor Belfort at #TrillerFightClub:— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 8, 2021
"I would have a problem if I was doing MMA."
Watch full interview: https://t.co/OTpVjBv4F5 pic.twitter.com/PpQoMpqyPY
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Jan Blachowicz gave it his best go on the Polish version of American Ninja Warrior (it’s definitely a dream of mine to give it a run!).
This is a confusing picture. Is it photoshopped? Is that a real oversized watch? What’s up with the powder on the table? So many questions.
Rafael Fiziev gets after it in boxing sparring:
Israel Adesanya on the importance of visualization and creativity:
As a longtime MMA media douchebag, I agree with Ariel Helwani’s statement here.
How happy are you with the most recent UFC video game?
The fighters get less detailed every new UFC game pic.twitter.com/d2njgyb5gW— UFC 4 Leaks & News (@UFCLeaksNews) September 8, 2021
BJJ vs. Kickboxing in One Championship!
Multiple time BJJ World champion Marcus Almeida will now make his ONE Championship debut against Anderson “Braddock" Silva at ONE: Revolution on September 24th.#ViolentMoney #VMTV #ONEChampionship #MMA pic.twitter.com/CS0fWCtJ7a— Violent Money TV (@VM_TV_) September 8, 2021
Khalil Rountree is an intense dude.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
How high is Alex Pereira’s ceiling as a UFC Middleweight? It’s going to be a whole lot of fun finding out.
Inked and official! ️— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) September 8, 2021
Former GLORY Champion Alex Pereira has signed his UFC contract today. He takes on Andreas Michailidis on November, 6th at UFC 268. pic.twitter.com/ZS5GyAnyu7
How do you think Pereira will do in the UFC now that he’s signed? pic.twitter.com/6qneIxqIwK— MMA Gone Wild (@mmagonewild) September 7, 2021
Some really good strike selection on display here from Figlak!
Mateusz Figlak has some serious power - he finished Josh Plant with an incredible body shot at #CW120!— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) September 8, 2021
Figlak returns at #CW129 and tickets are available here: https://t.co/iEZqeqsZMo#THETRILOGY pic.twitter.com/jhTtV9e0DV
Not a fun submission to be stuck in!
A tight fit:
Midnight Music: Radiohead just released a b-side from their Kid A/Amnesia era, which was a good time for the band!
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