Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort opened the doors to his South Florida training camp in Boca Raton, FL for a media workout on Thursday, August 26 alongside his head trainer Derik Santos.
Presented by Triller Fight Club, Belfort will battle Oscar De La Hoya in the main event of LEGENDS II set for Saturday, September 11 at STAPLES Center.
“My job is to knock people out and I did and will continue to do so on September 11. Boxing is a true martial art and I love it. I am the Muhammad Ali of my sport, I literally opened the Red Sea, me and a few other guys as at that time MMA was a new sport. We had to incorporate new rule sets and make it uniform," Beflort said.
“Boxing is an art and this is a great crossover event for fans. It takes courage for this challenge to fight De La Hoya. This is a legacy fight for me. I’m hoping after I win on September 11 to box again in December. I haven’t turned my back on MMA but this is my focus now.
“Triller Fight Club has truly opened a new world with their events and I’m thrilled to be part of it. I challenge any MMA champion to fight me at Triller Fight Club. Sometimes it can be hard to stay relevant but this fight with Oscar De La Hoya at Triller Fight Club absolutely keeps me relevant.
“Right now, I have Oscar in my sights and that’s the only fighter I’m thinking about. After I beat him we can talk about my next opponent. Against Oscar, I think the fight plays out with me working through him and looking for the knockout. This is one of the toughest opponents of my career and I can’t look past him to other fights.”
A national hero in his native Brazil, Belfort was taught at a very young age by jiu-jitsu master Carlson Gracie who nicknamed him ‘Vitor Belfort Gracie.’ With fast, powerful hands and a slick ground game, Belfort was selected to compete at one of the first Ultimate Fighting Championship tournaments at the young age of 18.
A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under the tutelage of Gracie, Belfort would continue on to have a highly acclaimed and distinguished career in UFC , becoming one of their most popular international fighters. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight World Champion and also the winner of the UFC-12 Heavyweight Tournament Championship.
Belfort’s illustrious UFC career includes numerous records and accolades including ‘Knockout of the Night’ (five times), ‘Most Knockouts in UFC History’ (12), ‘Most First Round Finishes in UFC History’ (13), and ‘Youngest UFC Tournament Winner’ (19 years, 313 days).
Remaining tickets starting at $75 may be purchased through AXS.com or at this Ticket Link. Doors will open on the day of the event at 2:30 p.m. PT. The STAPLES Center is located at 1111 S. Figueroa St. in Los Angeles, CA 90015. Very-limited VIP packages as well as Super-Exclusive behind the scenes packages are also available.