‘I’ve No Respect for Him’- Tito Ortiz Trashes Anderson Silva for Forcing Him to Fight at 195lbs

Published 08/15/2021, 2:48 PM EDT
INGLEWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 24: Tito Ortiz celebrates his win after one round against Chuck Liddell during the Light Heavyweight bout at The Forum on November 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)


Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz is unhappy with MMA legend and fellow former champion Anderson Silva for demanding their fight in the 195 pounds’ weight class. The two legends will collide in an eight-round cruiserweight boxing match on Sept. 11 in the co-main event.

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In the crucial event, Oscar De La Hoya faces Vitor Belfort, and the event will take place in Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Coming back to Ortiz, the former light heavyweight champ showed his apprehensions in an interview given to TMZ Sports. “He wants me down to 195. He’s fought at 205 over 6 times in his career and he wants me down to 195. So, it shows that he’s afraid of my power.”

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The weight cut is surely an issue for Ortiz. He now has less time to deflate his body and the decision from Silva hasn’t amused him a bit.

“I lost respect for the guy, man. He’s one of the best in the world in mixed martial arts, but I’ve no respect for him,” he further added.

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The 46-year-old Silva scored an upset win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in June. It was just his third pro boxing match. The former UFC middleweight champion is the owner of the longest title reign in UFC history. He last featured for the promotion against Uriah Hall last October.

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Meanwhile, Ortiz will make his pro boxing debut at 46, nearly 10 years since his final UFC fight.

Tito Ortiz wants to teach Anderson Silva a lesson

Although Silva has a more accomplished career than Ortiz, it won’t deter the latter from bringing his best game against ‘The Spider. In the interview, he detailed what exactly he will bring into the fight.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 30: Anderson Silva of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“Am I the toughest fighter? I’m way tougher than him, 100%. Am I gonna make it vicious? Am I gonna make it just a blood fight? Yes,” he said. “I hope he’s ready for a dogfight. That’s what it’s gonna be. It’s gonna be a dogfight. I ain’t in here for an exhibition. I’m not here for pitter-patter, you know, do a dance. I’m here to fight (and) I’m a fighter.”

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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