Triller today announced that six division world champion Oscar De La Hoya will return to the ring to face former UFC superstar Vitor Belfort on Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Las Vegas, NV as part of the new TrillerVerz, the first-ever festival bringing together the power of Verzuz and Fight Club into one weekend festival. This will be the first of the TrillerVerz festivals.
Said Belfort, “It will be a pleasure to represent MMA again, this time in the ring against one of the biggest names in the history of boxing. It will be a war not to be missed and a fight my kids will be talking about. This is certain to make combat sports history.”
The inaugural TrillerVerz will launch Friday, September 10 with a live Verzuz, followed by a full Saturday festival concert lineup with fight night entertainment produced by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator Nigel Lythgoe with the festival continuing on Sunday and Sunday Night.
De La Hoya and Belfort, two of the most respected and followed tacticians in their respective disciplines, will meet in a boxing ring.
TrillerVerz is a partnership developed between Triller-owned Verzuz and Triller owned Fight Club.
“I am ready to return to the ring and I am proud to be part of Triller and Verzuz and their game-changing model of reimagining the boxing business as four-quadrant entertainment,” De La Hoya said.
“I have nothing but the utmost respect for a champion like Vitor Belfort as we show the world what high level boxing is all about. It was incredibly important to me my comeback was on this date as it represents such an important moment in history for me, my fans and the words culture. This is much bigger than just me and this event, for all those with ties and or roots in and to Mexico."
Known as ‘The Golden Boy’ De La Hoya won 11 world titles in six weight classes, including the lineal championship in three weight classes as well as being an Olympic gold medalist. He last fought in 2008, after suffering a stoppage loss to Manny Pacquiao
Brazilian MMA fighter Belfort is known to fight fans as “The Phenom” for his explosive striking power that helped him secure the UFC light heavyweight championship title and tie for third for the most finishes in UFC history.
The full festival lineup and details will be announced shortly accompanying the boxing card.