“You Don’t Prove Your Respect for the Fans”- Anderson Silva Not Happy With Tito Ortiz Missing Weight

Published 09/11/2021, 12:04 PM EDT


Former UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva is set to take on Tito Ortiz in a boxing match this weekend. The fight was set to take place at a 195 lbs weight. However, Ortiz, a former UFC light-heavyweight champion, missed the mentioned weight by a large margin. He weighed in at 200 pounds, 5lbs heavier than the proposed mark.

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Ortiz’s actions have antagonized Silva. He believes Ortiz has disrespected the fans and should have followed the stipulations as he had signed a contract to do so. ‘The Spider’ said those things in a recent chat with MMAFighting.

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You signed a contract. It’s 195. Why you don’t make weight? You don’t prove your respect for the people who are watching. You don’t prove your respect for the fans and I don’t have nothing to talk. I do my part. I’m professional, that’s it,” said Silva.

Silva was within the mentioned weight mark. In fact, he came at 192 lbs, 3 lbs lighter than the needed weight. Whether that gives an edge in the fight, remains to be seen.

Anderson Silva vs Tito Ortiz: what to expect?

Ortiz has always been a good striker throughout his career. He holds a bunch of knockout wins over formidable opponents. However, one might argue that fighting Silva is a completely different thing. ‘The Spider’ is a true wizard on the feet.

The Brazilian has competed in the middleweight division for the most part of his career. Whereas Ortiz has always been a light-heavyweight. But, it won’t be much of a problem for Silva, one can imagine. He has previously fought against the likes of Forrest Griffin and more at 205 lbs in the UFC. In fact, the fight against Griffin is considered Silva’s greatest performance ever.

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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)

Silva looked fantastic in his return to boxing. He defeated former world champion, Julio Cesar Chavez, in what was a spectacular display. If he can put together something of a similar sort, Ortiz is in for a tough night.

Who gets it done? Silva or Ortiz? Let us know.

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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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