Anderson Silva made quick work of Tito Ortiz on Saturday night.
Silva vs. Ortiz served as the co-main event of Triller Fight Club Legends II which aired on Fite TV pay-per-view. The bout was scheduled for eight rounds, but it would not make it out of the first.
The opening round started with Ortiz pawing a jab as he controlled the center of the ring. Silva was content to feel out his opponent in the early moments as he charged forward.
Allowing Ortiz to charge forward, Silva covered up against the ropes while Ortiz threw a series of wide hooks that were easily dodged by the elusive counter-striker. Out of nowhere, Silva countered sharply with a right hand that stunned Ortiz. Two additional left-hand punches landed and Ortiz fell limp into the ropes and hit the canvas, resulting in the knockout victory at 1:21 in the very first round.
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Ortiz missed weight for the bout, coming in five pounds over the 195 pound limit. Silva anticipated his opponent would come in heavier than the contracted weight.
This was Silva’s second boxing match of 2021 since stepping away from MMA. The former UFC middleweight champion defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. via split decision in June.
Ortiz, 46, was last in action in December 2019, where he defeated Alberto Rodriguez via first-round rear-naked choke submission.