Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort — alongside Anderson Silva against Tito Ortiz — are fighting this weekend. And apparently Donald Trump is going to be involved on commentary? In a year where YouTubersand have taken over boxing, this could be the weirdest combat sport event of 2021.
According to a statement issued by Triller Fight Club and obtained by ESPN, Trump will “host and commentate” at the Sept. 11 event, joined by his son, Donald Trump Jr.
“I love great fighters and great fights,” Donald Trump said in the release. “I look forward to seeing both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts ringside. You won’t want to miss this special event.”
Here’s everything you need to know.
Originally, legendary fighter Oscar De La Hoya, 48, who retired in 2009, was set to fight Brazilian ex-UFC champion Vitor Belfort, 44, in an exhibition bout. But early September, De La Hoya posted a video shot from a hospital bed. He has COVID-19 and cannot fight.
“I have contracted Covid and am not going to be able to fight next weekend,” De La Hoya tweeted. “Preparing for this comeback has been everything to me over the last months, & I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support.”
Evander Holyfield, 58, agreed to step in and fight Belfort. Holyfield turns 59 on Oct. 19.
UFC legend Anderson Silva is also boxing Tito Ortiz, another former UFC champ. Here’s the full card.
- Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort
- David Haye vs. Joe Fournier
- Anderson Silva vs. Tito Ortiz
- Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll
Start time for Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort
The event begins at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT on Saturday, Sept. 11.
The event was supposed to take place at Staples Center in De La Hoya’s hometown of Los Angeles, but it’s now been moved to The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. According to a report from ESPN, the California State Athletic Commission refused to sanction Holyfield-Belfort.
The coast-to-coast move certainly makes it more convenient for the Florida-based former president, who reportedly will be at the fight in person.
How to watch Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort
To watch the fight night on pay-per-view, go to Fite TV to purchase the $49.99 package, which includes unlimited replays until Dec. 11, 2021. According to ESPN, viewers can buy either the main telecast, featuring presumably traditional boxing commentary from Jim Lampley and Shawn Porter, or the alternate Trump version.
The Fite TV website did not indicate how a viewer could choose which commentary to buy, and a representative for Triller/Fite TV did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
How and why are the Trumps involved?
Donald Trump is hardly new to combat sports. He’s a longtime friend of Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Trump’s past involvement with hosting major boxing events at his hotels and casinos earned him a place in New Jersey’s Boxing Hall of Fame.
For the Sept. 11 event, Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. will offer commentary on all four of the evening’s fights. But they’re not the only soundtrack available. Viewers can pick between the Trumps narrating the fight, or regular commentators Jim Lampley and Shawn Porter. Whichever telecast you choose, get ready to fork over $49.99.