Triller Fight Club has announced a new fight league “Triad Combat” that will incorporate boxing and MMA rules as fighters face off in a triangular ring.
The league’s first event will feature former UFC fighters Frank Mir and “Platinum” Mike Perry as well as former heavyweight boxing champ Kubrat Pulev.
— Triller Fight Club (@trillerfight) November 4, 2021
In an interview with Reuters Triller’s Ryan Kavanaugh explained that he wanted to develop a combat sport that appealed to the younger generation.
Unlike in MMA, kicking and grappling on the mat are not permitted, but fighters can clinch each other and continue to exchange blows while doing so. In boxing, the referee separates fighters who are holding on to each other.
Triller Fight Club co-founder Ryan Kavanaugh told Reuters that the sport is designed to appeal to a younger generation that views boxing and MMA, which is closely associated with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as outdated.
“UFC is an old sport now,” said Kavanaugh, whose Triller Fight Club was behind the Mike Tyson v Roy Jones Jr. exhibition boxing match last year.
“The kids aren’t watching it. The UFC isn’t giving the 18 to 27-year-olds what they want to see. So we’re hopefully bringing something forward that they do want to see.
“It’s more exciting, it’s faster-paced and better looking. It’s shot like a movie or a video game, and it’s surrounded by culture,” said Kavanaugh, who previously owned Hollywood movie studio Relativity Media
According to Dan Rafael, Triller is trying to get Vitor Belfort to fight Pulev in the new “Triad Combat” event.
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) November 4, 2021
The promotion revealed on Thursday that their first-ever Triad Combat event will take place Nov. 27 at Globe Lite Field in Arlington, Texas, and air on FITE with a special concert from Metallica.