‘This Is the Lightest I’ve Ever Been’- UFC Legend Tito Ortiz Provides an Update Ahead of Boxing Fight Against Anderson Silva

Published 09/04/2021, 11:51 AM EDT


Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and light-heavyweight kingpin Tito Ortiz are set to square off inside the boxing ring on September 11. Fans of combat sports are buzzed for the event as they are full of anticipation of what is to expect as the duo steps inside the boxing ring.

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Ahead of the fight, Ortiz revealed he is in great shape and is walking around at the lightest weight he has ever done ahead of a fight. “The thing that I am really really happy about is my weight’s low. My weight is where I want to be. This is the lightest I’ve ever been,” said Ortiz.

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 can’t even remember the last time I was this light. Maybe, 10 years ago,” he added. “I am walking around now at 215. Which is really light for me. Especially a week out of a fight. But I mean I put in the work, I’ve done everything I wanted to do. I mean in a 4 weeks span I think the muscle memory has been a huge success for me through my life,” he said further.

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Eating healthy, staying healthy, eating clean, taking care of my body because the muscle memory has bounced back faster than I thought it ever would. My timing’s good. I am not gonna say great but it’s good. I am ready to fight,” the former UFC champion concluded.

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Anderson Silva vs Tito Ortiz: what to expect?

While both fighters have been out of their prime for a while, fans can still expect the duo to put on a show once they square off next weekend. Silva showed he is still an elite competitor even in Boxing when he got the better of former world champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. It was an absolute masterclass from ‘The Spider‘.

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So, Ortiz will certainly have his hands full. However, he is confident in his abilities. Also, Ortiz has always been considered an elite striker throughout his MMA career. If he is actually any match for a wizard, like Silva, remains to be seen.

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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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