There were rumors that de La Hoya would fight UFC legend or pier Saint-Pierre, but the match was never officially announced. Dana White’s intervention,
Former UFC superstar Belfort is back in martial arts after more than three years. His last MMA fight was against Lyoto Machida U at UFC 224 in May 2018.
Although Belfort announced his retirement after the fight, he signed with the ONE Championship the following year. However, he never took part in the promotion.
As Belfort prepares to return, we look at three reasons why UFC fans should be excited about his fight against De La Hoya.
# 1 Oscar De La Hoya is back almost 13 years later
Oscar De La Hoya’s last professional boxing match was in 2008. He challenged the legendary Manny Pacquiao and lost in the eighth round.
It was not until November last year that De La Hoya announced his return. The 48-year-old specialist offered to fight Gennady Golovkin, who did not get along well with the boxing fraternity.
After retiring, the former champion in the former weight category became one of the biggest promoters of the sport. He will now enter the boxing ring for the first time in almost 13 years.
Oscar De La Hoya, the boxer’s credibility and impressive resume, are enough to inspire fans with his return. The “Golden Boy” participated in 45 professional boxing matches. He won 39 fights, 30 of which came out by knockout.
# 2 Vitor Belfort was a professional boxer
Although Oscar De La Hoya is likely to eventually be the favorite to win the fight, Vitor Belfort’s boxing credentials should not be overlooked.
“Phenom” showed his smart boxing skills during the good years. He has won by knockout over people like Vanderley Silva, Rich Franklin, Anthony John Onson, Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold և and many other decorated UFC stars.
In 2006, Belfort made his professional boxing debut against compatriot Osemario Neves. He did a quick job on Neves when he knocked him out in the first round.
# 3 Both men have a knockout power
Oscar De La Hoya was one of the worst strikers in his late 1990s. The Golden Boy finished 30 of his opponents, which speaks of his brutality in the boxing ring.
Belfort, meanwhile, is known for its knockout power. Thirteen of his 18 opponents were knocked out by blows.
As there will be an exhibition match between Oscar De La Hoya and Vitor Belfort, it is not yet clear whether a fight by knockout is allowed.