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Triller in Manila: What are the top storylines going into Triller’s September 11th card

September 11th is a significant day in American history for many reasons. However, this September 11th we are in for lots of entertainment thanks to Triller. Triller will be throwing a stacked boxing event with many household names. There won't be any YouTube stars in the main event this time, but the fight card in itself has a lot of interesting variables such as Evander Holyfield stepping in on short notice. If the return of a 58 year old former world champion doesn’t peek your interest, perhaps Donald Trump and his son on commentary would.

Triller has been known for its off the wall events but this one certainly takes the cake. The card includes : Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort, Tito Ortiz vs Anderson Silva, David Haye vs Joe Fournier and Andy Vences vs Jono Carroll. The original main event was supposed to feature Oscar Dela Hoya but he had to cancel due his positive Covid diagnosis. That is just one story here are a few more to look forward to

Does Evander Holyfield still have it? Evander Holyfield is 58 years old and even though he is a former boxing champion he isn’t a spring chicken. The New York State Athletic Commission suspended Holyfield's boxing license 16 years ago because of his "diminished skills and poor performance," it doesn’t reflect well that Holyfield’s opponent is a top striker in MMA with a checkered history of taking PEDS. Also of note Triller had to move the fight from California to Florida knowing that the California State Athletic Commission would deny Holyfield a license at his age. The speculated rumor of this fight is that Triller threw Holyfield in the ring as a last minute addition to avoid a lawsuit as he was contracted to fight Mike Tyson and Kevin McBride and those fights never took place, fighting Belfort honors the contract he initially signed.

Anderson Silva may have a career in boxing. The current reality of combat sports is that these celebrity style boxing matches are going to keep happening whether we enjoy them or not. Former MMA great Anderson Silva has been one of the beneficiaries of these strange matches. Silva at 46 years of age transitioned nicely from a legendary UFC career to a surprise return back to boxing. This past Father’s Day weekend he defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. via split decision in Mexico. Chavez, was the younger fighter at 35 and was a former world champion. If SIlva can defeat Tito Ortiz this weekend not only will it enhance his brand outside of MMA it could possibly land him a bigger payday against one of the Paul brothers or another former boxer.

Donald Trump a boxing analyst? Many forget before Donald Trump became a president he hosted many combat events in his numerous hotels. He is very good friends with Dana White and has even been a part of current UFC fighter Colby Covington’s gimmick. Trump is a very controversial figure as we all know. It is an interesting choice to hire Trump to commentate on a sporting epic event. Maybe it's in large part due to the fight being on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and they wanted a presidential feel. Whatever the reason this could be a very entertaining broadcast to say the least. In Trump’s statement he said “I love great fighters and great fights,” Trump stated in a Triller press release. “I look forward to seeing both this Saturday night and sharing my thoughts ringside. You won’t want to miss this special event.”

The Triller Fight Club event costs $49.99 and is broadcast on FITE TV.

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