Tito Ortiz has approximately 17 pounds to cut five days out from boxing fellow Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) legend, Anderson Silva.
Ortiz (21-12 in MMA, 0-0 in boxing) is currently preparing for a boxing match against Silva (34-11-0-1 in MMA, 2-1 in boxing) at a disrespectful Catchweight of 195 pounds. The event will take place inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., on Sat., Sept. 11, 2021, streaming online via Triller pay-per-view (PPV).
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” decided to provide an update on his weight cut via social media just a few days out from the showdown.
“I gotta get down to 195lbs. I’m probably in the 212 [pound] department, 211 [pounds], around that. Feel great, though. Had a good day working with Jason Parillo and Jay Silva. We did some light sparring,” Ortiz said in an Instagram video published on Tuesday. “Ths weekend, live from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, I’ll be facing Anderson Silva. I’ll be kicking his ass. I hope he’s ready for a fight. I’m not coming there to collect a paycheck. I’m coming there to collect a win, get a W, take some names, kick some ass.”
Ortiz — a former UFC Light Heavyweight champion — spent much of his professional career competing at 205 pounds. While Silva dabbled at Light Heavyweight, the former UFC Middleweight champion spent most of his career at 185 pounds.
Ortiz previously expressed his frustration for having to cut down to 195.
“There was a little bit of negotiating on his part,” Ortiz previously told TMZ Sports. “I had a lot of respect for this guy, and he did what he did for the contract, I kind of just lost respect for him, man. He wants me down at 195. He’s fought at 205 over six times in his career. And he wants me down at 195, so it shows he’s afraid of my power. People don’t realize I’m a pretty decent puncher and I’ve gotten better over the last six years. I’ve gotten really good the last three to four years. I dunno, but hey.”
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