Sport Report: Holyfield vs. Belfort pulls just 150k PPV buys
Vitor Belfort vs. Evander Holyfield, Anderson Silva-Tito Ortiz fights moved to Florida
The Triller Fight Club event that was set for Saturday in California is shifting coasts. vs. was set for Los Angeles until De La Hoya contracted COVID-19, which forced him out. Triller got fellow former boxing champion Evander Holyfield to step in as De La Hoya's…Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort was set for Los Angeles until De La Hoya contracted COVID-19, which forced him out. Triller got fellow former boxing champion Evander Holyfield to step in as De La Hoya’s replacement against ex-UFC champ Belfort.
Before any fighters even took the ring on September 11th, Triller’s latest boxing PPV already had the air of a farce about it. The decision to replace Oscar De La Hoya with a borderline-sexagenarian Evander Holyfield against former UFC champ Vitor Belfort had sparked widespread criticism and resulted in a change of venues from Los Angeles, CA, to Hollywood, FL—after the California Athletic Commission refused to sanction the fight.
Add to it a growing confusion as to whether any of the notable bouts on the card were actually even pro fights (as had been advertised), or merely exhibitions (which is what they ended up being), and the sense leading in to the event was of a car rattling to pieces as it sped down the highway.
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It’s little surprise, then, that the final destination for said vehicle appears to have been disaster. In an unexpected announcement, Triller’s PR company – EAG Sports Management – very publicly dropped their business relationship with the promotion. Triller released their own statement a couple days later, announcing that they were “stepping away from exhibition stuff,” like Holyfield vs. Belfort and Silva vs. Ortiz.
The company handling PR for Triller and Triller Fight Club just rage quit. Totally normal companies.— Chris Stokel-Walker (@stokel)
A new report from longtime boxing writer Dan Rafael may provide just a little more insight into exactly why this event ended up being such a stark turning point for the promotion that rose to prominence due to their work with Jake & Logan Paul, as well as the exhibition bout between Mike Tyson & Roy Jones Jr late last year. Namely, it seems the Holyfield vs. Belfort card was a massive financial flop.
Donald Trump will provide guest commentary for Triller’s Evander Holyfield-Vitor Belfort boxing PPV
Before he became the President of the United States, Donald Trump was a mainstay of the Atlantic City boxing scene, hosting various high-profile matches at the now-defunct casinos that bore his name there. Still a fan of the sport, he’s returning to the ring this weekend to provide guest commentary on a “gamecast” of Saturday’s Read more The post Donald Trump will provide guest commentary for Triller’s Evander Holyfield-Vitor Belfort boxing PPV appeared first on Awful Announcing.
Per sources,— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) event totaled about 150k PPV buys between linear & digital platforms, which would make it a massive $ loser for Triller. At 150k it would gross about $7.5M from ppv, not remotely close to covering even the purses, not to mention rest of expenses.
Under normal circumstances, 150k buys for a newly minted fight company wouldn’t be such a bad thing. After all, Bellator’s two attempts at a PPV event were estimated to pull somewhere in the neighborhood of just 100k buys, as were both Affliction cards. Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni hit just 35k back in 2007. PPV has generally not been a kind platform to newcomers in the combat sports industry.
However, Triller has made their mark not just with the unexpected fight bookings they’ve come up with, but the obvious expenses they go through to make those fights happen. Their cards have featured numerous performances by A-list musicians, celebrity broadcast teams (most recently featuring former US president Donald Trump), and the kinds of veteran fight talent interested in earning fight purses in the multiple millions. In those kinds of circumstances, anything less than a huge success has the potential to be an unmitigated disaster.
If the company really is moving away from high profile exhibition bouts, as they suggested, it remains to be seen how much success they can have going forward. After all, a big portion of the notoriety they’ve enjoyed so far has come via the new fans they bring with those high-priced celebrity guests and star fighters. If they lose those angles, 150k buys might look a lot more like a success than a failure.
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Check out this week's "Spinning Back Clique," MMA Junkie’s weekly show that takes a spin through the biggest topics in mixed martial arts. This week, we cover the aftermath of vs. and vs. , as well as talk Dana White's Contender Series' apparently new approach and more.…This week, we cover the aftermath of Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort and Anderson Silva vs. Tito Ortiz, as well as talk Dana White’s Contender Series’ apparently new approach and more.