Anderson Silva is over 50 than 40. But the big UFC, one way or another, is embarking on a relatively successful boxing race.
Silva stopped fellow MMA legend Tito Ortiz by knocking out at 1:21 of the first round on Saturday night in Hollywood, Florida. Ortiz trapped Silva in the corner, throwing punches, but Silva dodged a shot from Ortiz and landed a huge right counter-hook. Silva continued with a left as Ortiz collapsed in the corner to knock him down for good. Ortiz appeared to be completely unconscious.
Silva defeated former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by split decision on June 19 in Guadalajara, Mexico. It was Silva’s first pro boxing match in 16 years.
The Silva-Ortiz fight – Ortiz’s debut in professional boxing – took place on the undercard of the Evander Holyfield-Vitor Belfort boxing match under the Triller Fight Club banner at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
“I trained hard to show my respect for boxing,” Silva said in his post-fight interview. “I continue to work every day to prove my respect for martial arts and for Wing Chun and for Bruce Lee.
“Grandmaster Bruce Lee said, ‘Be water my friend.’ That’s what I’m doing today. “
Silva and Ortiz are both 46 years old. The bout was contracted for eight rounds of two minutes and at 195 pounds. Ortiz weighed five pounds above that catch weight limit on Friday, hitting 200 pounds.
Silva is the longtime former UFC middleweight champion and considered one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. The Brazilian native has the longest winning streak in UFC history (16) and has the most all-time knockouts in UFC title fights at seven. Silva requested and obtained his release from the UFC in November. “The Spider” has earned only one victory in his last nine UFC fights, and Silva has said he is indeed retired from MMA.
Ortiz, meanwhile, is one of the best UFC light heavyweight champions of all time. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has won five 205-pound title defenses in the UFC, the second-highest total in division history behind great Jon Jones. Ortiz, from California, is also considered one of the biggest financial draws for the UFC over the years, with notable rivalries against Chuck Liddell and Ken Shamrock.
Ortiz recently fought in December 2019 in an MMA bout against former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio under the Combate Americas banner. Ortiz won this fight by submission in the first round.