Silva vs. Ortiz: Why Anderson Silva & Tito Ortiz Fight In Boxing Match
Anderson Silva finds new life in combat sports as a 46-year-old boxer after a long and successful career in mixed martial arts. Last competing in MMA 11 months ago, Anderson has since remained busy – competing once in boxing, taking victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Tito Ortiz makes his in-ring debut as a boxing pro around 10 p.m. ET on Triller Fight Club as part of the co-main event. Ortiz is a former MMA World Champion and feels confident after knocking out longtime rival Chuck Liddell in 2018 and following that victory with another finish in 2019 against Alberto Rodriguez.
Ortiz and Silva circled in mixed martial arts but never managed to stand at opposite ends of each other in the cage. Now, Triller Fight Club has given the Brazilian star and the âHuntington Beach Bad Boyâ a chance to establish a rivalry that, surprisingly, will begin in boxing during a professional eight-round bout. Each round will last two minutes.
Money is a driving force, and in this case, it also allows the growing promotion of niche boxing to pair two big names in outdoor boxing. It is part of the now growing tradition of finding non-boxers to compete in the ring and bring their non-boxing fans to the event.
Full card for Anderson Silva vs. Tito Ortiz
- Main event: Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort, 10 rounds, light heavyweight
- Anderson Silva v Tito Ortiz, 8 rounds, cruiserweights
- David Haye vs. Joe Fournier, 8 rounds, heavyweight
- Andy Vences v Jono Carroll, 10 rounds, junior lightweight
- Anthony Chavez vs. Diuhl Olguin, featherweight