Tito Ortiz on fighting in Japan: 'I could hear my elbows bust off Wanderlei Silva's face'

Tito Ortiz (top) drops a few elbows on Wanderlei Silva at UFC 25 in Japan. Photo via ESPN.com.

With Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) poised to make its return to Japan with UFC 144: "Edgar vs. Henderson" at the Saitama Super Arena, there have been quite a few questions on some of the competitor's minds.

For instance, what's it like to fight in Japan versus the United States?

Well, for one thing, it's much quieter in between rounds. That's according to former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz, who told ESPN.com that he could "literally hear a pin drop."

"You can literally hear a pin drop in between rounds. Some fighters fight off that adrenaline. I myself feed off fans. There, everything was so quiet. I could hear my elbows bust off Wanderlei Silva's face."

Ortiz went to war against "The Axe Murderer" for three rounds at UFC 25, held at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan, on April 14, 2000. "The Hunting Beach Bad Boy" took home a unanimous decision win, which kicked off a six-fight winning streak that lasted until he met Randy Couture at UFC 44 in September 2003.

More on the promotion's return to Japan right here.

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