Tensions arise as Tito Ortiz takes on Anderson Silva in a boxing match on September 11. The UFC Hall of Famer says he has lost respect for the former middleweight champion.
Tito Ortiz is set to face Anderson Silva in an 8-round boxing match in a Triller event that has Oscar De la Hoya and former UFC champion Vitor Belfort fighting in the main event. Ortiz is now 46 years old and is now excited to fight in a professional boxing match given his style suits that a lot. While the fight between Tito Ortiz vs Anderson Silva is exciting, the fight is booked at 195 lbs. “The bad boy” has never weighed that low in his entire career. He was always comfortable fighting in the light heavyweight division. Given his age, Ortiz is disappointed that Silva has forced him to cut weight.
Recently, Tito went on an interview with TMZ Sports talking about this bout. “I’m excited. I’ve been boxing almost my whole career, but now it’s an opportunity that I don’t have to worry about wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I don’t need to worry about knees or kicks. Now I get to focus strictly on boxing. I’m excited. I’m thankful to Triller for giving me this opportunity. I’m thankful to Anderson for finally taking the fight. There was a little negotiating on his part. I had a lot of respect for Anderson. But to do what he did for the contract, I lost respect for him, man,” Ortiz said.
“It shows he’s afraid of my power,” says Tito Ortiz
Talking about the weight cut, Tito believes that Anderson Silva is making him cut his weight because he’s afraid of his power. “He wants me down to 195lbs. He’s fought at 205lbs six times in his career. He wants me down to 195lbs so it shows that he’s afraid of my power. People don’t realize that I’m a pretty decent puncher and I’ve gotten better over the last six years. I’ve gotten really good over the last 34 years.”
“The last time I was 195lbs was I think my sophomore year in college wrestling,” Ortiz said. “I’ll make (the weight). I’ll try. I’ll cut off my leg to make the weight. I’ll try. I’ve never missed weight in my whole career, but Anderson kind of pushed the limit of doing that. But once again, I lost respect for the guy, man. He’s one of the best mixed martial artists but I lost respect for him. So it gives me a little more energy, a little more aggressiveness during camp to punch this guy’s face off.”