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Vitor Belfort meets ‘The Real Tarzann’ in boxing match at Triller event on June 19

Vitor Belfort
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC legend Vitor Belfort is the latest addition to Triller’s next boxing event.

Triller announced Friday via press release that Belfort (26-14, 1 NC in MMA) will box “famed animal ranger and social media personality” Mike Holston—better known as “The Real Tarzann—on June 19 at loanDepot Park in Miami. The news was first reported by ESPN.

The bout will take place on the undercard of an event headlined by Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) defending his WBA, IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles against George Kambosos Jr (19-0, 10 KOs).

This will be Belfort’s second-ever foray into boxing as he actually has one boxing bout on his record, a 2006 encounter against Josemario Neves in his native Brazil that Belfort won by first-round knockout. Outside of that, Belfort is best known for his appearances in the UFC and PRIDE, which include a UFC light heavyweight title win in 2004 and several other world title opportunities for the now 44-year-old Brazilian.

Holston has no notable combat sports experience, but he could potentially bring a large following to the matchup as he currently has over six million followers on Instagram as well as a YouTube channel with almost 850,000 subscribers.

Here is the rundown on Holston from Triller’s press release:

Floridian Mike Holston, a.k.a. The Real Tarzann, is a former zookeeper-turned-wild animal “whisperer” and animal conservationist who has become a social media phenomenon with millions of followers through his posts showing his often daring interactions with wild and exotic animals. Holston has posted photos of himself with everything from giraffes, lions and chimpanzees to crocodiles, poisonous frogs, snakes, giant squids and other wildlife. The Real Tarzann as his fans refer to him is known for his almost super-human strength and has trained in MMA and boxing.

Word of the fight began to circulate Thursday evening following ESPN’s report and a video of questionable authenticity shared by TikTok star Noah Beck that allegedly shows a confrontation between Belfort and Holston.

Triller and Triller boss Ryan Kavanaugh were tagged in the video and, perhaps not coincidentally, the Belfort-Holston bout was officially announced early Friday.

Belfort was most recently tied to ONE Championship, though he has yet to compete for the Singapore-based promotion since signing with it in March 2019. His most recent bout took place at UFC 224 in May 2018, where he lost by second-round knockout to Lyoto Machida.

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