Although Oscar De La Hoya’s original goal was to host a match against Georges St-Pierre, the aforementioned “Golden Boy” and Triller plan failed, as the Canadian still has a contract with the UFC, and promotion did not allow him that match.
Despite criticism, as well as St-Pierre's own statement that he wants to fight, Dana White did not give up, adding that he does not intend to have anything to do with Triller. Also, it is known that De La Hoya is one of the most hated people in martial arts, so it is not surprising that he lost his once huge star for a great opportunity and an equally large fee.
But Triller has found another UFC legend, who no longer has any legal obligations with the promotion. A match has been arranged against the UFC record holder in the number of victories by knockout, former light heavyweight champion, and also former middleweight challenger, Vitor Belfort.
The Triller is organizing the match on September 11, on the Mexican Independence Day holiday. As things stand now, it should take place in Las Vegas, and other plans around the program are unknown at this time.
De La Hoya’s comeback, yet exhibition match was originally scheduled to take place on June 19 on the show’s program led by Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr.
But no opponent was found after the option with GSP failed. At the end of this week, the entire program was postponed to August, after Lopez received a positive COVID-19 test. Belfort has been very loud in recent weeks when it comes to going boxing, so in fact, this news surprised almost no one.
After leaving the UFC, in May 2018, he signed a contract with the ONE Championship, but he has not yet managed to make his debut with them. In the UFC, he shares the record for most knockout victories, i.e. until a few months ago he kept it alone until it was reached by Derrick Lewis.
The 44-year-old Brazilian has always been known for his aggressive approach, great kickboxing, and knockout strength, but the question is what he will look like in this match, which will surely have custom rules. But it is also certain that in the middle of the fifth decade he will once again be able to earn a very significant fee.
De La Hoya returns to the ring for the first time since 2008 and a defeat by Manny Pacquiao. He retired as one of the best boxers in history, but by many too soon, as he was only 35 years old.