If you’re familiar with combat sports, you know just how talented Anderson Silva is. The 46-year-old dominated the UFC for years, holding the middleweight championship for nearly three years and setting records that still stand to this day. In June 2021, Silva returned to the boxing ring for the first time in over a decade and a half to take on the impressive Julio César Chávez Jr., who he managed to defeat by split decision.
Not even 60 days after his victory, Anderson Silva is gearing up for his next boxing match on September 11 as he’s scheduled to face another former UFC great: Tito Ortiz. The bout will be Ortiz’s boxing debut, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fairs against the more experienced Silva. Nevertheless, the night should be a fun one for combat sports fans alike, especially as sports bettors will be wagering money on various markets to add some extra excitement to the night.
With that being said, there’s a lot to know ahead of Silva and Ortiz’s clash next month, so this guide is here to help make everything more digestible. Here’s a look at all of the general and betting information you need to know.
Silva-Ortiz General Information
Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz will square off on Saturday, September 11 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The bout will be eight two-minute rounds and is classified as a professional fight by the California State Athletic Commission.
The event is another pay-per-view by Triller, which has been behind most of the latest boxing matches that have featured celebrities and MMA fighters. The PPV can be viewed on Fite.tv for $39.99 USD. A match between former UFC fighter Vitor Belfort and boxing great Oscar De La Hoya will headline the show.
Anderson Silva vs Tito Ortiz Odds
Odds via BetOnline as of Thursday, August 19
- Boxing Record: Anderson Silva (2-1-0) vs Tito Ortiz (0-0-0)
- Monleyline: Silva (-500) vs Ortiz (+350)
Anderson Silva Early Favorite to Win
At -500 odds, Anderson Silva will walk into the Staples Center next month as the favorite in his bout with Ortiz. This really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, especially with him having more experience with boxing than his opponent.
Even though he only has three professional fights under his bout, boxing has been on Silva’s mind for decades now. While he was out of the ring for 16 years before his fight with Chavez, Silva was never shy to talk about his boxing training or how he always wanted to get back into the ring at some point. When he finally returned nearly two months ago, he showed no signs of ring rust and shocked a lot of people with how well he fought. Considering how he managed to hold his own and defeat a multi-team boxing champion like Chavez, it goes to show why Silva will enter Los Angeles as the favorite on September 11.
On the other hand, it’ll be interesting to see how Tito Ortiz fairs in the contest. The 46-year-old former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion hasn’t competed in combat sports since he defeated professional wrestler Alberto El Patrón in an MMA bout, by submission, back in December 2019. Fighting Anderson Silva will likely be more challenging than that, especially with how ‘The Spider’ looked back in June.
One thing that Ortiz isn’t thrilled about is that he has to fight Silva at 195 pounds. Ortiz has usually hovered around 205, so having to drop 10 pounds is a lot. Nevertheless, he’s committed to doing it, however, he said that he also lost some respect for Silva due to the latter refusing to fight him at 205. Still, it’ll be interesting to see how Ortiz holds his own in his first boxing match — regardless of the weight.