Former UFC Legend Tito Ortiz Says Boxing Is Much Easier To Train for Than MMA

Published 09/04/2021, 1:52 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 set to take on Anderson Silva in a boxing match next weekend. Ortiz has been a true veteran of the sport of MMA and has fought a row of legends throughout his career. In fact, he was one of the first poster boys of the UFC.

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So, needless to mention, he has a plethora of knowledge about the sport and also carries vast experience about the training regime associated with it. The UFC legend feels it is actually a lot easier to train for boxing than it is for boxing.

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Not only did he mention that he feels in great shape and hasn’t felt like this good in terms of physical conditioning for a long time, he also revealed how training for his next fight has been different from usual MMA fights.

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Tito Ortiz reveals how this training camp has been easier for him

Apart from being in better physical condition, the fact that he didn’t have to train wrestling for his upcoming fight, took a lot of pressure of Ortiz.

I’ve been running four miles seven days a week. And that’s the first time I’ve been able to do that. Once I get it, I gotta be thankful for my doctor who cumulated my surgeries that I’ve been able to do it I’ve been able to put in the work. And it just makes me excited because for the first time I feel so damn healthy. I feel great. I feel young I feel just reinvigorated,” said Ortiz.

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Tito Ortiz during the Bellator 170 weigh-in at Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles, Friday, January 20, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

I just I think a lot of it has to do with not you don’t have to wrestle I don’t have to wrestle I don’t have to get to and that was so much work that was more worked in boxing kickboxing was the wrestling that was so hard on the body so much just strenuous rigorous just hard training on the body just beats the body down completely,” he added.

And this is totally different. I mean, I could stand get punched in the face compared to having to wrestle someone every day. That’s hard on the body. It’s a lot easier boxing. But still you got to watch out and get punched I use a lot of head movement. It’s more of a sweet science because he’s more methodical and more more just mental training I think than anything,” the former UFC champion said further.

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Fans will certainly keep a close eye on how he performs against Silva once the bell rings next weekend.

 

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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