Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champions Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz are nearly set to fight on Sept. 11, 2021, but it won’t be in the cage. No, both fighters will don boxing gloves and step into the squared circle to fight with just their fists and nothing else.
The bout is just the latest intriguing sideshow proposed for Triller’s upcoming Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort event. And while De La Hoya vs. Belfort is certainly a fight that’s caught our interest, now Triller has our full attention with Silva vs. Ortiz.
It’s smart of Triller to cut down a little on the Justin Bieber / DOJA CAT musical acts budget to justify this. And we gotta say it’s nice to see them stack the card with both bouts rather than split ‘em across multiple events. Now we get De La Hoya vs. Belfort AND Silva vs. Ortiz for the low price of $39.99.
IF, that is, Silva signs on the dotted line. Ortiz is already in, declaring on Twitter yesterday that, “The fight is signed!”
The fight is signed!— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) August 10, 2021
And now MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz confirmed the details along with Silva’s “targeted” involvement:
BREAKING: A boxing match between former UFC champions Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz is targeted for Triller event on Sept. 11, multiple sources told myself and @DamonMartin. Story coming to @MMAFighting.— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) August 11, 2021
The last time we saw Ortiz compete in the cage was in Dec. 2019 at Combate Americas against former WWE superstar Alberto El Patron (a.k.a. Alberto Del Rio, a.k.a. Dos Caras Jr., a.k.a. El Patron Alberto, a.k.a. Hustle Kamen Gold). He won that fight in the first round (details here) — his third first round victory in a row following wins over Chael Sonnen and Chuck Liddell in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
As for Silva, he followed up on a brutal 1-7-1 skid in UFC with a divine boxing performance against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., defeating the former boxing champ via split decision in June 2021 (watch highlights).
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So what do you think, Maniacs? Does this extra freakshow fight do enough to bring you around on Triller’s Oscar De La Hoya vs. Vitor Belfort card?