46 years previous and greater than 9 years faraway from his ultimate UFC bout in opposition to Forrest Griffin, Tito Ortiz’s journey into unusual frontiers has reached its wildest vacation spot but. Whereas it gained’t be in opposition to Dana White, “The Huntington Seashore Dangerous Boy” lastly makes his boxing debut this Saturday night, taking over fellow Octagon legend Anderson Silva within the co-feature of Triller’s Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort PPV.
Why they elected to stay two MMA fighters right into a boxing ring as an alternative of, you recognize, letting them do MMA is past me. Nonetheless, it’s not the strangest matchup on the cardboard, and it’s positively bought some meat to dig into. Let’s take a look, we could?
If by some feat of chronological malfeasance you managed to pit these two in opposition to one another at their peaks within the cage, this might really be a compelling matchup. An absolute, unrelenting buffoon he could also be, however Ortiz was a legitimately fearsome floor artist with real measurement and energy for the Mild Heavyweight division; even a pale Ortiz proved an excessive amount of for a talented Middleweight in Alexander Shlemenko. The sheer measurement distinction could be removed from astonishing to see a first-rate Ortiz give a first-rate Silva the Chael Sonnen therapy, albeit with sufficient submission acumen to keep away from Sonnen’s notorious destiny.
That’s in MMA, after all; no model of Tito Ortiz beats any model of Anderson Silva in a pure standup struggle.
Might the file present that I’m not mythologizing Silva; “The Spider” has been previous it since round 2016, and even a notoriously poor gameplanner like Uriah Corridor managed to take advantage of Silva’s longstanding weak spot when compelled to steer. Even this 12 months’s heroic victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was much less a case of Silva turning again the clock and extra a case of Chavez being a lifelong underachiever who found new and thrilling methods to sh*t the mattress.
However even with all that, he’s by far the extra skillful striker. Ortiz has little to supply him apart from some understated energy in his proper hand and an enormous ol’ coconut of a head, and the latter’s offset by his glass midsection. Silva understands boxing (the martial artwork) and boxing (the precise sport) higher than Ortiz ever will, and his familiarity with the ruleset ought to push what’s already a heavy benefit into untouchable territory.
I do suppose Ortiz in all probability lasts the gap until Silva sneaks in a very nice physique shot, although, and he could possibly discover some late success if he could make the Brazilian carry his weight. Nonetheless, count on Silva to potshot him at vary and outmaneuver him within the clinch for a snug victory.
Prediction: Silva through unanimous resolution
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