Silva demolishes Ortiz with brutal KO in 1st spherical

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Anderson Silva is nearer to 50 years outdated than he’s 40. However the UFC nice, by some means, is embarking on a comparatively profitable boxing run.

Silva stopped fellow MMA legend Tito Ortiz through knockout at 1:21 of the primary spherical Saturday night time in Hollywood, Florida. Ortiz had Silva trapped within the nook, throwing punches, however Silva ducked an Ortiz shot and landed an enormous counter proper hook. Silva adopted up with a left as Ortiz slumped in opposition to the nook to place him down for good. Ortiz gave the impression to be utterly unconscious.

Silva defeated former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. through cut up choice June 19 in Guadalajara, Mexico. That was Silva’s first professional boxing match in 16 years.

The Silva-Ortiz bout — Ortiz’s professional boxing debut — occurred on the undercard of the Evander Holyfield-Vitor Belfort boxing match underneath the Triller Combat Membership banner on the Seminole Onerous Rock Lodge & On line casino.

“I educated arduous to indicate my respect for boxing,” Silva mentioned in his postfight interview. “I proceed to work each day to show my respect for the martial arts and for Wing Chun and for Bruce Lee.

“The grandmaster Bruce Lee mentioned, ‘Be water, my pal.’ That is what I do as we speak.”

Each Silva and Ortiz are 46 years outdated. The bout was contracted for eight, two-minute rounds and at 195 kilos. Ortiz weighed 5 kilos over that catchweight restrict Friday, coming in at 200 kilos.

Silva is the previous longtime UFC middleweight champion and regarded one of many best MMA fighters of all time. The Brazil native holds the longest successful streak in UFC historical past (16) and has probably the most knockouts ever in UFC title fights at seven. Silva requested for and was granted his launch from UFC in November. “The Spider” had only one win in his previous 9 UFC fights, and Silva has mentioned he’s successfully retired from MMA.

Ortiz, in the meantime, is among the finest UFC gentle heavyweight champions of all time. “The Huntington Seaside Unhealthy Boy” had 5 profitable 205-pound title defenses in UFC, the second-highest whole in division historical past behind solely all-time nice Jon Jones. Ortiz, a California native, can be thought of one of many greatest monetary attracts for UFC over time, with notable rivalries in opposition to Chuck Liddell and Ken Shamrock.

Ortiz most just lately fought in December 2019 in an MMA bout in opposition to former WWE champion Alberto Del Rio underneath the Combate Americas banner. Ortiz gained that bout through first-round submission.