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VIDEO: Former UFC Light Heavyweight Vitor Belfort Smashes ‘Tarzann’ in a Gym Altercation

Published 06/03/2021, 10:22 PM EDT

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There is a growing trend of exhibition boxing matches. Everyone from former MMA fighters to YouTubers and TikTokers are taking part in exhibition boxing matches these days. There are an increasing number of retired boxers and MMA fighters who are coming out of retirement to lace up their gloves and enter the squared circle once again. Mike Tyson and Oscar De La Hoya are good examples of the same, and Vitor Belfort is the latest name added to the list. 

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The former UFC champion Vitor Belfort has been out of competition since 2018. However, recent reports suggest that he will be returning to the ring to take on Mike Holston aka ‘The Real Tarzann’.  


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Ariel Helwani tweeted about the same stating, “There is a signed deal in place for @vitorbelfort vs. @therealtarzann to take place on the June 19 Triller card, per @RyanKavanaugh. 12-ounce gloves, eight two-minute rounds. Pro bout, pending Florida commission approval likely tomorrow. Belfort is 1-0 as a boxer (2006)”

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What can one expect from Vitor Belfort vs Mike Holston?

Vitor Belfort, for a long time, was considered one of the very best in the UFC. He was able to reach the pinnacle of the sport when he was crowned the UFC light heavyweight champion at UFC 46 against Randy Couture. However, Belfort never defended the belt. 

In his last five fights in the UFC, Belfort has one win, one no-contest, and three losses. Therefore, it is safe to say that Belfort is not in the prime of his fighting career. After his loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 224, Belfort stated that he was done with the sport. 


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However, it appears as though a boxing match against Mike Holston has caught his fancy as he is set to return to combat sports after nearly three years out. The fight is just a few weeks away on June 19. A video shared by Helwani shows an altercation between the two men as Holston drops by Belfort’s gym and engages in trash talk before spraying him with water. This resulted in a full-blown altercation between the two men. 


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Holston himself is famous for being an exotic animal handler and has never fought professionally as a boxer. This will be his first time stepping into a boxing ring. What do you make of the fight between Belfort and Holston? 


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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.