FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Anderson Silva has issued his response within the newest dilemma between him and his opponent.
The previous UFC middleweight champion has been criticized by Tito Ortiz forward of their boxing bout on Saturday evening within the co-main occasion of Triller Struggle Membership Legends II. Ortiz mentioned he misplaced respect for Silva, because the Brazilian refused to budge on his 195-pound weight restrict for the competition.
Ortiz has by no means fought professionally at 195 kilos and mentioned the final time he was that weight was again in school. The 46-year-old feels Silva might’ve simply fought him at 200 kilos and that’s one thing Silva fully disagrees with.
“I’m not a heavy man, and whenever you come to struggle, and also you don’t lower the burden, should you can’t make the burden, don’t come to struggle,” Silva mentioned.
“That’s the purpose. I’ve nothing to say about that. It’s not an excuse. It doesn’t make sense. I struggle in Mexico at 182 (kilos) and why go struggle at heavyweight right here. It doesn’t make sense. I’m not a heavy man.”
Ortiz saved in his lane on the pre-fight press convention, however made positive to indicate his animosity in the direction of Silva. “The Spider” refuses to have interaction with Ortiz and stays targeted on the duty at hand.
“I’m targeting one factor and that’s doing my job and proceed to show my respect for boxing and for the boxing group,” Silva defined. “The opposite stuff I don’t care.
“I attempt to get pleasure from each single second I’ve and I present my respect to the boxing group and present my respect for my coach and for everyone watching me. I’m wholesome and I proceed to working exhausting daily. I’m so fortunate to come back right here once more, present my job, and present how a lot I like preventing. I attempt to get pleasure from.”
Try the total interview with Silva within the video above.