Former two division world champion David Haye was not happy with the way Vitor Belfort blew out Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield in one round on Saturday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Haye and Belfort were in action on the same card, which the Triller app showcased on pay-per-view.
The pay-per-view portion of the show was opened up by Haye, who returned to the ring for the first time since 2018, and won an easy eight round decision over close friend Joe Fournier.
Haye took it easy on his friend and had no intention of inflicting serious damage.
However, the 44-year-old Belfort, a former UFC champion and regarded as one of the hardest punchers in MMA history, was looking for blood when he stepped in the ring.
Holyfield, 58-years-old and inactive for over a decade, accepted the fight on a week's notice - after Belfort's original opponent, Oscar De La Hoya, was forced to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19.
Haye spoke with Belfort at Friday's official weigh-in - and he says the MMA veteran assured him that he wasn't going to blow Holyfield out.
But, that's exactly what happened. Belfort unleashed a combination that dropped Holyfield in the early going. Once Holyfield got to his feet, Belfort overwhelmed him with big punches until the referee stepped in to wave off the fight.
Haye was shocked with the outcome and Belfort's post-fight celebration.
“It was horrible to see my hero getting starched in one round. I really didn’t like seeing that at all. But that’s boxing. I thought the fight was an exhibition, I thought it was gonna be an exhibition of boxing. It was no real exhibition there," Haye told IFL TV.
“I talked to Vitor at the weigh-in and said, ‘You’re not gonna go out there and smoke him?’. Because obviously he’s 44 and still in good shape, he's young and fresh, fighting a 58-year-old. He said, ‘Yeah, legends respect legends’.
“I thought he was gonna move him around, we might see a points decision. He went out there and just blasted him out. I was like, ‘What are you doing? He’s 58’. And he was celebrating like he’s done something impressive. What’s impressive about knocking out a 58-year-old? No matter how impressive Holyfield looked on the scales. Different people have different values of respect. I was very disappointed.”