‘You’re Tripping Helwani’- Daniel Cormier Roasts Ariel Helwani for His Remarks on Evander Holyfield Sparring Footage

Published 09/10/2021, 7:20 AM EDT


Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort are set to clash this weekend inside the boxing ring. Holyfield came in as a late replacement after Belfort’s original opponent Oscar De La Hoya tested positive for COVID-19. Ariel Helwani recently commented on a clip of Holyfield hitting the mitts on Twitter. He got a response from Daniel Cormier for his remarks.

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This makes me uncomfortable,” Helwani retweeted on a video of Holyfield sparring. Cormier, who used to be a co-host of Helwani on the DC and Helwani show, saw that and hit back at his former partner for his remarks. The former two-division UFC champion believes there is no way a legend like Holyfield can lose to Belfort in a straight boxing match, regardless of how old he is.

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Ariel, I don’t care how bad he looks on the mitts or how old he is. I can’t see a world where this dude @holyfield loses a straight boxing match to Vitor. You’re tripping Helwani @arielhelwani,” wrote DC.

Fans online have also expressed their concern for Holyfield as they believe Belfort might actually seriously hurt him. But, as Cormier mentioned, ‘Real Deal’ is considered a legend for a reason. Hence, it won’t be wise to count him out just yet.

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What to expect from Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort?

Holyfield is currently 58 years old. So, needless to mention, he is not the fighter he once used to be. But, despite that, this is one of the greatest boxers of all time we are discussing. Age takes away speed and sharpness. However, the instincts of a legendary sports person always remain the same.

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 9: Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson fight for the WBA Heavyweight tittle at the MGM Grand Garden on November 9, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holyfield won the fight with a TKO in the 11th round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Belfort looked sharp and in tremendous shape in his workout videos ahead of the fight. But, this might very well be part of the plan from Holyfield to appear less sharp in recent footage and come out much more fluent when the bell rings this weekend. It will be interesting to see what approach both fighters take when they eventually clash.

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