Who Is Anitta, and What Is She Doing on Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort Fight Card?

Published 09/06/2021, 2:02 AM EDT


Evander Holyfield returning to action against UFC elite Vitor Belfort will be the headliner of a Triller Fight Club event on September 11. As we have already seen in the past, the nearing event will possibly be a blend of sports and entertainment, which means several pop stars and musicians can embrace the platform before we see high-voltage combat.

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Meanwhile, Anitta, the pop celebrity, has been in the news for being associated with the Holyfield vs Belfort fight night. Although she has no connection to the scheduled bouts, the Brazilian celebrity will still be an ice-breaker for the fans and will perform before the boxing bouts happen.

Besides, Anitta’s advent into the event can potentially be an eye-grabbing element for Brazilians. Vitor Belfort will represent his country Brazil in the headliner against the American Holyfield. Meanwhile, Anitta will also compliment the scenario by pulling in more attention from her home country.

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That said, she is one of the most popular personas in Brazil and all over the world. However, traditional fight fans, who only have an eye for in-ring scraps, may not be familiar to her. Here’s everything you need to know about Anitta, before catching her live in the Triller event.

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The 28-year-old is a singer, actor, songwriter, dancer, and entrepreneur. Boasting off a lavish 55.4 million followers on Instagram and 14.4. million on Twitter, she is rightly a social media star too. Despite her young age, Larissa de Macedo Machado, popularly known as Anitta, has been in the industry for a long time and is clearly a top-tier persona in her region.

IMDB cites her to have begun singing at an age of 8 in Rio, Brazil. Hence, she has always been a musician, relishing her first break-out song in 2013. Her single “Show das Poderosas” shattered several records at the box office, getting over 130 million views on YouTube. It was followed by her live performance at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2014. She became the youngest Brazilian to do so.

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The lady never had to turn back from that point. After three more years of glory, Billboard labelled her as the most influential artist in the world. She surpassed stars like Rihanna, Shakira, and Lady Gaga to claim the tag.

Being the youngest sibling of the two, Anitta’s personal and professional life appears to have been near perfect all the time. Moreover, her upcoming performance in the Triller event will also broaden her reach towards the combat community, garnering more attention towards her. Hence, it’s not only Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort, which will thrill the fans on the mega fight night.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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