WOW! Vitor Belfort to Return to Action to Face Multiple Time Boxing Light Heavyweight World Champion

Published 12/22/2021, 3:30 AM EST
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MAY 12: Lyoto Machida of Brazil submit Vitor Belfort of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the UFC 224 event at Jeunesse Arena on May 12, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort will return to fighting at February’s Triller Triad Combat event. Belfort is slated to go up against multiple-time light heavyweight world champion Chad Dawson. It will be a seven-round cruiserweight fight.

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Dawson (36-5-2) was highly regarded in the light heavyweight division from 2006 to 2013. The news of the fight was first reported by MMA Junkie.

 

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This event (the second one 0f Triad Combat) has another huge fight that will take place- Junior Dos Santos vs Kubrat Pulev.

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Dos Santos is a former UFC heavyweight champion and Pulev is a 28-2 professional boxer. While ‘Cigano’ lost his last four professional fights, Pulev destroyed Frank Mir at the inaugural Triad Combat event. Hence, the boxer should be the favorite.

Vitor Belfort vs. Chad Dawson could be a massive clash

Vitor Belfort announced his retirement from professional MMA in 2018 after losing to Lyoto Machida at UFC 224 and via knockout due to a front kick. Since then, the Brazilian has competed once that too as a boxer. ‘The Phenom’ took on boxing legend Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield in an exhibition boxing match and won via first-round TKO in 2021.

This time, though, he can look to use a few MMA techniques to thrive and secure a win over Chad Dawson.

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Dawson, however, will not be a pushover as he has claimed 19 of his 36 wins via knockout and can definitely pack a punch. One thing to be considered is that ring rust might be a factor coming into the fight as Dawson last competed in 2019.

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With Belfort vs. Dawson and Dos Santos vs. Pulev already announced, Triller would be looking to add a few more big fights to the card and capitalize on the success of their first event.

Who do you think wins this fight? What do you make of the two bouts that have been announced? Let us know in the comments below!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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