UFC legend Anderson Silva’s shift to professional boxing remains to make huge headings. Three months after the 46-year-old Silva racked up a distressed sway Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., the Brazilian icon returned on Saturday to videotape a highlight-reel ko in the first round over fellow former UFC champion Tito Ortiz.
The Triller Fight Club pay-per-view co-main event mored than not long after it began inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. After being backed up right into the edge by Ortiz, who was making his pro boxing debut, Silva (3-1, 2 KOs) arised from behind his high guard to land a solitary appropriate hand which transformed Ortiz’s chin and dropped him to the canvas. Silva partly landed a pair of follow-up right hands as Ortiz was going down. The local of Huntington Beach, The golden state, appeared to be knocked out chilly by the first blow as well as was unable to beat the 10-count prior to reclaiming awareness. After the success, the former UFC middleweight champion stated he wasn’t amazed by the outcome.
“No, I’m educating tough for this fight and training difficult to show my regard for boxing,” Silva stated. “I remain to work day-to-day to reveal my respect to fighting styles.”
Despite completing his UFC job with simply one win in his final eight spells, Silva still has the reflexes as well as hand speed to be an issue in this existing age of celeb crossover boxing which has actually just recently been dominated– at the very least in the headings– by YouTube celebrities and also brothers, Logan and Jake Paul. The battle against the larger Ortiz was scheduled for an agreement weight of 195 pounds, although Ortiz was not able to make the weight limitation after can be found in at 200. Silva had both a reach benefit coming in as well as a side in experience considering he had actually competed in a pair of pro boxing fights in 1998 and 2005. Silva additionally counted a lot a lot more throughout his Mixed Martial Arts profession on his hands compared to the wrestling-heavy design of Ortiz.”The grandmaster Bruce Lee stated, ‘Be water,’ which’s what I attempted to do,” Silva said. “I am mosting likely to go house and also do more training.”
Ortiz, 46, appeared early as the aggressor however really did not appear to have much power on his shots as he made even up and pressured Silva to the ropes. Silva continued to be individual and also appeared to willingly nestle in the edge recognizing he can establish up a counter shot, which inevitably created the knockout just 81 seconds right into the battle. The round acted as the co-main occasion to an eight-round heavyweight bout pairing former four-time champion Evander Holyfield against Mixed Martial Arts tale Vitor Belfort.