Silva stopped fellow MMA legend Tito Ortiz by knocking out at 1:21 of the first round on Saturday night in Hollywood, Florida. Ortiz trapped Silva in the corner, throwing punches at him. But Silva dodged a shot from Ortiz and landed a huge right counter-hook. Silva continued with a left as Ortiz collapsed in the corner to knock him down for good. Ortiz appeared to be completely unconscious.
Silva defeated former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by split decision on June 12 in Guadalajara, Mexico. It was his first pro boxing match in 16 years. It was Ortiz’s debut in professional boxing. Silva vs. Ortiz took place on the undercard of the Vitor Belfort vs. Evander Holyfield boxing match under the Triller Fight Club banner at Seminole Hard Rock.
“I trained hard to show my respect for boxing,” Silva said in his post-fight interview. “I continue to work every day to prove my respect for martial arts and for Wing Chun and for Bruce Lee.
“Grandmaster Bruce Lee said, ‘Be water my friend.’ This is what I am doing today. “
Silva and Ortiz are both 46 years old. The bout was contracted for eight rounds of two minutes and at 195 pounds. Ortiz weighed five pounds above that catch weight limit on Friday, hitting 200 pounds.
Silva is the longtime former UFC middleweight champion and considered one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. The Brazilian native has the longest winning streak in UFC history (16) and has the most all-time knockouts in UFC title fights (7). Silva requested and obtained his release from the UFC last November. “The Spider” has won only one victory in his last nine fights in the UFC. Silva said he is now retired from MMA.
Ortiz, meanwhile, is one of the best UFC light heavyweight champions of all time. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has won five UFC 205-pound title defenses, the second-highest total in division history behind great Jon Jones. Ortiz, from California, is also considered one of the biggest financial draws for the UFC over the years, with notable rivalries against Chuck Liddell and Ken Shamrock. He recently fought in December 2019, an MMA fight against former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio under the Combate Americas banner. Ortiz won this fight by submission in the first round.