Triller is scrambling to save its event after Oscar De La Hoya pulled out due to a pretty serious case of COVID-19. This is Triller’s second major event to be hit by coronavirus cancellations after Teofimo Lopez also tested positive.
Not wanting to have another event scrapped and lose more money, Triller has booked 58-year-old Evander Holyfield to step in and face former UFC champion Vitor Belfort on very short notice. Reports are now coming in that the California State Athletic Commission has not cleared Holyfield to compete due to his age.
According to MMA Fighting, Triller did some commission shopping to try and bypass the issue, and will be moving the entire event from Los Angeles, to Florida.
Holyfield, who turns 59 next month, has not competed in over a decade. Even then, he was already clearly way past his prime, with the New York State Athletic Commission previously refusing to license him sixteen years ago, from all the way back in 2005.
The September 11 event will also have a boxing match between Anderson Silva vs Tito Ortiz.
As Triller bypasses these protocols designed to protect fighters, hopefully nothing terrible happens in an event that is headlined by fighters aged 44, 46, 46 and 58.