Vitor Belfort wants to get back what he was supposed to have going into Gamebred Boxing 4 this past weekend.
April Fools Day 2023 saw several notable MMA fighters step into the boxing ring in Milwaukee, Wisc. as part of Jorge Masvidal’s Gamebred Boxing 4. Despite the timing of everything, the matchups were no joke after all.
Preceding the evening’s headliner between boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. and former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was Belfort vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. The pairing was a rematch from their May 2016 MMA fight in Brazil at UFC 198. Jacare bested “The Phenom” in fight No. 1 via a dominant first-round TKO from ground and pound, but couldn’t find the finish in the ring.
The match was Belfort’s second as a professional and came after a 2021 first-round exhibition knockout of Evander Holyfield. In the end, Belfort went the distance with his fellow UFC veteran, winning a unanimous decision. After the event, Belfort revealed that Jacare wasn’t the original idea for his Gamebred Boxing debut.
“I wanted to do six [rounds] because every time I win so quick, it’s hard to get an opponent,” Belfort said at the Gamebred Boxing 4 post-fight press conference. “I was supposed to fight Roy Jones Jr. in this main event. Not Pettis. Was supposed to be legendary guys, but they put Pettis. I have an offer for Gamebred, let’s come to Florida. I was hoping that Roy would win, but Pettis won. Let’s make this fight in Florida, me and Pettis. That is no excuse. So, if not, bring Jake Paul. He’s coming off a loss, I’ll take him. I’ll take Jake Paul and be his dad. Teach him a lesson.”
Like Belfort and Jacare, Jones vs. Pettis also fought to the judges’ scorecards, resulting in an eight-round majority decision victory. Despite fighting as low as 145 pounds in his MMA career, Pettis hovered around the 200-pound mark to set up the Jones video game-type booking. Previously seen in MMA as part of the PFL, Pettis highlighted earlier in the week that his MMA future is up in the air, but if he returns to the promotion it will only be for the PPV events and not the seasonal tournament format
Whether or not Belfort gets his wish of facing “Showtime” next, it probably won’t be too soon as the 46-year-old didn’t get through Jacare unscathed.
“I tore my biceps in the third round and I could not jab so I could not set up my combinations,” Belfort said. “But I have to adapt and I didn’t tell my coaches because I was afraid that someone would hear and stop the fight so I just keep quiet, I’ll find a way.
“I learned with my wife, no complaining. Find a way to resolve problems. But it was tough. He was bleeding and I think the referee would not help me at all. He was coming to me saying, ‘Vitor, stop holding.’ I would say, ‘What? I’m not holding. He’s leaning on me.’ It is what it is.”
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The fact that something like that Gamebred Boxing 4 event can exist now is just super bizarre. As MMA gets older, I only expect we’ll see more and more things like this.
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Last Week’s Results:
Friday: 59% of 212 total votes answered “Gamebred Boxing 4” when asked, “Which event are you most looking forward to this weekend?”
Thursday: 63% of 606 total votes answered “Conor McGregor” when asked, “Who retires first [between McGregor and Justin Gaethje]?”
Wednesday: 27% of 559 total votes answered “Ilia Topuria” when asked, “Who should Brian Ortega fight next?”
Tuesday: 53% of 637 total votes answered “No” when asked, “Should Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera 2 happen next?”
Monday: 51% of 510 total votes answered “Merab Dvalishvili” when asked, “Who should Cory Sandhagen fight next?”
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