‘This Is a Disney Channel Guy’- Vitor Belfort Compares His Fight Against Evander Holyfield With Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley

Published 09/09/2021, 11:25 PM EDT
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)


Vitor Belfort doesn’t see Jake Paul as a boxer. ‘The Phenom’ believes that the YouTuber turned boxer is just an amateur and shouldn’t be compared to him. ‘The Phenom’ fought his last battle in the promotion at UFC 224 in 2018 in a losing effort against Lyoto Machida.

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Now, the former UFC star will clash against the former world heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, in a professional bout. It will take place on Saturday, Sep. 11 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The event also features a fight between Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz, which will serve as a co-main event.

Despite making his boxing debut, Belfort doesn’t want his boxing fight to be compared with that of Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley. In a recent interview, while talking about this comparison, Belfort said, “This is a Disney channel guy. I didn’t see a boxer, so one guy is a wrestle, and actually, the Disney guy became an amateur boxer.”

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Belfort added, “But you know nothing about how they feel, man. He is talking about boxing. He’s talking about Vitor. Bro, if you’re talking about a knockout artist, it’s different. There’s no comparison. You’re trying to compare water with wine. We are the Bordeaux wine. Whatever orders when you put you want to try to compare. It’s like comparing a Ferrari with a Honda. It’s like don’t put a hollow foot in that category, don’t put Vitor in that category. So it’s like they are different beasts of animals.”

Belfort has turned his attention towards boxing, but his UFC resume still shines.

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Vitor Belfort: UFC Career Overview

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The (26-14) record holder has an impressive professional fighting resume under his name. Vitor Belfort made his UFC debut with just one professional fight under his belt. Later, at UFC 46, he defeated Randy Couture to win his first UFC light heavyweight gold. However, he lost it in the rematch at UFC 49.

Belfort was on an amazing five-fight win streak when he faced Anderson Silva for the middleweight gold. He lost that fight and the other two title fights in his UFC career. Despite not holding UFC gold since 2004, ‘The Phenom’ entertained the combat fans with his amazing performances inside the octagon.

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It will surely excite fans to see how he performs in his first boxing match. What are your thoughts on Vitor Belfort’s career? Can he take his UFC success to the boxing ring?

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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