Does Vitor Belfort have a boxing career ahead of him?

Vitor Belfort

Last weekend at a Triller boxing event, we saw the return of former UFC champion Vitor Belfort (26-14). Belfort was making the transition to boxing after his career in MMA that saw him capture UFC titles in two different weight classes.

The Phenom took on former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield. Holyfield stepped up for Oscar De La Hoya who was Belfort’s original opponent. However, after being hospitalized with Covid, De La Hoya was ruled out and Holyfield stepped in.

Holyfield hadn’t been in a ring for over a decade and came into the bout at 58 years old. While Belfort is certainly past his prime, the former UFC champion is still capable of competing with younger guys in combat sports.

This freak show fight ended in the first round. It was clear that Holyfield had the reflexes of someone who was getting ready to turn 60 years old. Belfort overwhelmed him with speed and picked up the TKO win in the boxing exhibition.

Does Belfort have a boxing career ahead of him?

After the victory, Belfort made it clear that he wants to continue boxing now that his MMA career is over. Some people have thrown out the fight with Oscar De La Hoya as a possibility once The Golden Boy has fully recovered.

The former boxing champion has said that he wants to return to the ring by the end of the year. However, I’m not sure he’s going to be itching to fight Belfort after seeing the way Belfort looked in the ring.

Yes, it was against an ancient Evander Holyfield, but Belfort still had good speed and looked comfortable in the boxing ring. Other possibilities that have been thrown out are matches with the Paul brothers. Wouldn’t be shocked at all to see Belfort appear as an option for Jake Paul.

However, I don’t think that’s likely either. One interesting opponent could be Anderson Silva. Silva also appeared on the card knocking out Tito Ortiz in the first round. These two fought for the UFC middleweight title years ago with Silva picking up the knockout win. Perhaps these two could run things back in boxing.

Jake Paul issues boxing challenge to Dana White and Jorge Masivdal

jake paul

Just a few weeks ago, Jake Paul (4-0) won a boxing match against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. It was the first time that Paul was in the ring against someone who could actually do damage against him.

In fact, it was the first time in Paul’s boxing career that we actually saw him in trouble. At one point in the match, Woodley appeared to have rocked Paul. However, the tentative style of Woodley ultimately cost him on the scorecards.

This past weekend, Triller put on a boxing event where Anderson Silva (34-11, 1 NC MMA) knocked out Tito Ortiz in the first round. It was Silva’s second appearance in the boxing ring this year following his victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr back in June.

After The Contender Series this week, Dana White was asked by the media his thoughts on Jake Paul as well as Anderson Silva. White made it clear that he doesn’t believe that Paul will call out The Spider for his next matchup.

Paul’s Boxing Callout

The UFC President pointed to the fact that Anderson Silva is Jake Paul’s size and he pointed to the fact that he’s actually good at boxing when speaking to the media. Jake Paul has seemingly agreed with White in that he’s not interested in boxing Anderson Silva next.

Instead, Paul is focused on guys who are on the UFC roster. Most notably, Jake Paul wants a shot at the UFC’s BMF, Jorge Masvidal (35-15). Masvidal is coming off of a failed attempt to become welterweight champion back in April.

Gamebred has made it known that he wants to having a boxing match with Jake Paul after some recent back-and-forth over social media. However, White reiterated the fact that Masvidal is under contract with the UFC so it wouldn’t happen.

Paul challenged White and Masvidal over Twitter. A tweet that is likely not going to draw a response from the UFC President. In reality, Jake Paul’s next opponent likely won’t have anything to do with the UFC.

I can’t see him taking a fight with Anderson Silva and I also don’t see him getting Masvidal next. In actuality, Jake Paul is likely going to be boxing Tommy Fury next. If he gets through that one, then perhaps we see another UFC guy take him on.

After knockout loss in boxing debut, Tito Ortiz wants Logan Paul

This past Saturday at Triller’s boxing event, Tito Ortiz (21-12-1 MMA) made his debut in the squared circle. The former UFC light heavyweight champion was taking on former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-11, 1 NC).

The matchup was Silva’s second boxing match of 2021 while Ortiz had never been in the boxing ring before. Ortiz had been vocal about his frustrations with Silva regarding the weight of the bout.

Silva forced Ortiz to make 195 pounds which Ortiz had never done in his professional career. Ultimately, Ortiz was unable to make the weight and came in at 200 pounds which is still lighter than he had been for the majority of his MMA career.

There were not a ton of expectations for Ortiz in the boxing match as he’s never been known for his striking. The Huntington Beach Bad Boy made a career out of taking his opponents to the ground and using his elbows.

While his boxing was never considered bad, it wasn’t considered great either. Ortiz opened the bout with immediate pressure and you could tell his strategy was to try and bully Silva. However, it didn’t work as Silva ducked/dodges all Ortiz’s shots and knocked him out with a right hand in the first round.

Ortiz wants another boxing match

Tito Ortiz didn’t look good at all in his boxing debut. His punches looked incredibly slow and he literally ate the canvas after a huge right hand from Anderson Silva. After Ortiz talked about hurting Silva, he was truly embarrassed by The Spider.

That said, Ortiz isn’t done with the boxing world. In fact, he made a callout on Twitter following his loss. Ortiz said that he wants Triller to setup a boxing match between himself and Logan Paul.

Have to admire Tito for wanting to stay in the news, but there’s little incentive here for Logan Paul. First and foremost, I’m not sure I could bet on Tito Ortiz to beat Logan Paul based on what I saw on Saturday night.

I’m sure the boxing match could do some decent numbers, and maybe that would be enough to entice Logan Paul. On one hand, it could make sense for Paul who could take on a former UFC champion and likely be the favorite against.

On the other hand, is Tito Ortiz even relevant enough nowadays for Logan Paul to have interest. Time will tell on this one, but one thing is for sure, we haven’t seen the last of Tito Ortiz.

What’s next for Anderson Silva in boxing?

UFC, Anderson Silva

This past Saturday at Triller’s Boxing event, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-11, 1 NC) made his second appearance in the ring in 2021. Silva took on former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz (21-12-1) in boxing.

While this was Ortiz’s first boxing matchup, it was Silva’s second of the year. Just months ago, Silva took on former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in a matchup in Mexico.

Despite Silva’s credentials as a striker, not many were giving him a chance against Chavez. However, Silva shocked everyone and put on a clinic over their eight round matchup on his way to winning a decision.

Given Silva’s experience in striking, nobody was giving Tito Ortiz a shot on Saturday night. It was apparent from the opening seconds that there was not going to be a surprise in this matchup.

Ortiz was incredibly aggressive out of the gate and backed Silva against the ropes. Silva easily dodged Ortiz’s attacks and Ortiz’s punches were coming slow. Silva then exploded with a huge right hand and follow up shot that put Ortiz out cold and gave Silva his second boxing win of 2021.

What’s next for Silva in boxing?

It’s worth noting that all of the Triller fights were ruled as exhibitions so Silva’s win won’t count on his professional boxing record. Had it counted, Silva would have advanced to a 3-1 record with two knockouts.

His lone loss in boxing came back in 1998  when he made his boxing debut. Silva has looked sensational through two fights and it has many people wondering who would be next for The Spider.

Well, there’s two opponents that are perfect for Silva. Those two opponents would be either Logan Paul (0-1) or Jake Paul (4-0). Both Paul brothers are around 190 pounds which puts them right around the same size as Silva.

There was actually some talk about a boxing match between Logan Paul and Silva following Paul’s exhibition with Floyd Mayweather, however, that fell through. Jake Paul just defeated former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley a couple of weeks ago.

To me, Silva – Jake Paul is the fight to make. Paul is now a perfect 4-0 with a win over a former UFC champion. Silva would be a massive step up for him in competition, but I’m not sure if he’d take the fight. Instead, Paul seems to be focused on Tommy Fury and Jorge Masvidal.

Anderson Silva knocks Tito Ortiz out in the first in boxing match

Trill returned tonight with a boxing event that featured legends from the combat sports world. In the co-main event, two of the more decorated UFC champions in history battled it out as Tito Ortiz (21-12-1 MMA) takes on Anderson Silva (34-11, 1 NC).

The two former champions were boxing which was a first for Ortiz. While Silva has experience in this arena, Tito Ortiz was stepping into the boxing ring for the first time in his combat sports career.

The last time we saw Ortiz compete was back in 2019 when he defeated former WWE star Alberto Del Rio in a MMA match. Prior to that, Ortiz knocked out a very old Chuck Liddell in their trilogy fight. Ortiz’s last legit win was his fight before that against Chael Sonnen.

Anderson Silva was last seen just a few months ago when he took on former boxing world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Silva was a huge underdog but ended up outclassing Chavez Jr and cruising to a decision. Overall, Silva is now 2-1 in professional boxing.

Boxing Recap

Round 1

The boxing matchup started with no touch of the gloves. Silva immediately takes the enter but settles in as Ortiz plots forward. Ortiz gets Silva against the ropes and tries to throw some big hooks, but the shots are not coming fast.

Silva easily evades the shots. Ortiz backs Silva up in the corner and tries to throw bombs, but again, everything is slow. Silva dodges a shot then hits Ortiz with a massive right and Ortiz is hurt. One more shot and Ortiz is out cold. Dominant boxing win for Anderson Silva.

Anderson Silva def. Tito Ortiz by KO – Round 1

Boxing Preview: Tito Ortiz – Anderson Silva

Tomorrow night, Triller is back with a boxing event that will feature legends from the combat sports world. In the co-main event, two of the more decorated UFC champions in history will battle it out as Tito Ortiz (21-12-1 MMA) takes on Anderson Silva (34-11, 1 NC).

The two former champions will be competing in boxing which will be a first for Ortiz. While Silva has experience in this arena, Tito Ortiz will be stepping into the boxing ring for the first time in his combat sports career.

The last time we saw Ortiz compete was back in 2019 when he defeated former WWE star Alberto Del Rio in a MMA match. Prior to that, Ortiz knocked out a very old Chuck Liddell in their trilogy fight. Ortiz’s last legit win was his fight before that against Chael Sonnen.

Ortiz has been vocal with his frustrations with Silva regarding this boxing match. Silva made Ortiz commit to a weight of 195 pounds. While Ortiz ultimately agreed, he missed the mark by five pounds today. That said, the match will go on.

Anderson Silva was last seen just a few months ago when he took on former boxing world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Silva was a huge underdog but ended up outclassing Chavez Jr and cruising to a decision. Overall, Silva is now 2-1 in professional boxing.

Boxing Preview

This is such an interesting and somewhat bizarre matchup. On one hand, you can say that both men have competed in the light heavyweight division during their careers. They are both former UFC champions and they are the same age.

At the same time, Ortiz has never been known for his boxing skills. Ortiz made a career out of taking his opponents down, controlling them, and using great elbows to do damage.

In the boxing ring, he’s going to be completely relying on his hands. Anderson Silva is known as one of the greatest strikers in MMA history. Say what you want about the condition Chavez Jr was in, it’s a big deal that Silva defeated a former boxing world champion just months ago.

I don’t see any scenario where Tito Ortiz wins this matchup. I’m having a hard time believing Ortiz even lands a significant shot in this one. I see Silva putting it on him from start to finish and I expect a TKO finish in the middle rounds.

Prediction: Anderson Silva by TKO – Round 5

Tito Ortiz says Anderson Silva is scared of his power ahead of boxing match

Last week we learned that there is going to be a boxing match between two UFC legends next month. Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz are set to face each other on a Triller card on September 11th.

The boxing match will serve as the co-main event of the card. The headliner is a boxing match between former UFC champion Vitor Belfort and all time boxing great, Oscar De La Hoya.

Originally, there were talks to have Silva take on Logan Paul next. However, those talks appeared to have stalled out and The Spider shifted his focus to a boxing match with another fellow UFC legend.

This will be Tito Ortiz’s first professional boxing match. Ortiz has always been known as a wrestler-first mixed martial artist. Ortiz made his career on taking his opponents down and using his tremendous ground and pound from the top.

That said, Ortiz can handle his own with the boxing gloves. We have seen him land some big shots in his career like when he dropped Ryan Bader. That said, Ortiz is expected to be a massive underdog heading into this matchup on September 11th.

Silva Boxing Scared?

One interesting note about this boxing match is the weight. Ortiz has fought at light heavyweight virtually his entire career in MMA. Of course, the light heavyweight limit is 205 pounds.

Silva has predominately competed at 185 pounds. However, we’ve seen him go up to light heavyweight on multiple occasions and fight at 205 pounds. With that in mind, I think the majority of the world believed the boxing match would take place at 205 pounds.

However, that’s not the case. While negotiating the contract, Silva insisted that the fight take place at 195 pounds. Worth noting that Ortiz has never fought at that weight in his professional career. Ortiz was not a fan of Silva’s demands and he believes it’s a sign of fear.

In speaking to TMZ Sports, Ortiz said, “To do what he did with the contract, I lost respect for him (Silva). He wants me down to 195. He’s fought at 205 six times in his career and he wants me down to 195. It shows that he’s afraid of my power.”

BREAKING: Boxing match between Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz targeted for September

It looks like we are going to see a boxing match that features two former UFC champions and two legends of the sport. MMA Fighting was the first to report today that Triller is finalizing a boxing matchup between Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz.

The matchup will take place at a Triller event on September 11th. While Silva has been in talks for his next boxing bout, the booking has come out of no where in regards to the former UFC light heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz.

Ortiz has teased a return to combat sports in the last year. The Huntington Beach Bad Boy was vocal to Bellator that he wanted to be the next man to challenge Fedor Emelianenko. However, Ortiz never got the opportunity.

We haven’t seen Ortiz compete in combat sports since December of 2019 when he fought former WWE Wrestler Alberto Del Rio. Ortiz won the fight by first round submission. This will be Ortiz’s first professional boxing match.

Another Boxing Match for Silva

Anderson Silva is back in the boxing ring after his big win back in September. Silva took on former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. In a surprising result, Silva controlled Chavez and won the boxing match fairly easily.

After the win, there was talks of a boxing matchup with Logan Paul. That is still supposedly being discussed, however, that is on the shelf for now. Now, Silva will return to the boxing ring to take on a fellow former UFC champion.

Silva should be the massive favorite in this matchup. Tito Ortiz has long been known for his wrestling and not his striking. Silva on the other hand has always been known for his slick striking.

If I’m being honest, I’ll be very interested to watch. That said, I just don’t see how Tito Ortiz will be competitive in boxing against Anderson Silva. That said, at the end of the day, it’s a fight and anything can happen.

Anderson Silva and Logan Paul in talks for boxing match

In the year 2021, we’ve seen a lot of interesting things in the world of boxing. We have seen Jake Paul knock out former MMA champion Ben Askren. We’ve seen Logan Paul go the distance in an exhibition with Floyd Mayweather. 

We have also seen former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva defeat former boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in the boxing ring. Next month, Jake Paul is going to be in the ring against former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.

Now, we have learned that there is another boxing match in the works that will pit a former UFC champion against a Paul brother. ESPN was the first to report this evening that Anderson Silva and Logan Paul are in talks for a boxing match for the end of this year.

Paul’s management confirmed the talks and indicated that a deal is getting close to being finalized.

Paul – Silva in Boxing

If the deal does get done, this will be a big step up in competition for Logan Paul. Now, you might want to bring up the fact that he was in the boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather is considered to be one of the greatest of all time.

While that’s true, it’s important to remember that Logan Paul was literally twice the size of Floyd Mayweather. Paul will have no such advantage with the former UFC champion. Anderson Silva proved last month that he can handle his own in the boxing ring.

It’s worth noting that while Silva is 46 years old, he still moves very well and showed off tremendous skill against Chavez Jr last month. This will be a real test to me to see how good Logan Paul actually is in boxing.

Yes, Logan and Jake still have not taken a fight against a legit professional boxer. However, I will give them credit for stepping in there with guys who can actually throw punches. We will learn a lot about the Paul brothers in their boxing matches with Woodley and Silva.

Former UFC champion wants a boxing match with Logan Paul

It’s crazy to think that the hottest boxing fight that anyone can get is a fight with either Logan Paul or Jake Paul. Outside of the major stars in boxing like Canelo and Tyson Fury, the Paul Brothers are the biggest thing that the sport has going for it.

Honestly, that probably says more about the state of the sport of boxing than it does the Paul brothers. Love them or hate them, both Logan and Jake have done a great job of building their online presence and have transitioned well into generating interest in their boxing careers.

Logan just boxed Floyd Mayweather a few weeks ago and Jake Paul is lined up to box former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in August. It is indeed a very unique time in the world of combat sports.

We are seeing a lot of former UFC fighters and even champions moving over for special boxing matches. Anderson Silva just took on former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Most MMA guys hadn’t had a ton of success, but Silva put on a boxing clinic. 

After the fight, Silva said he’d be interested in potential boxing matches with the Paul brothers. Yesterday, we learned that another former UFC champion is coming out of retirement and he has his eyes set on Logan Paul.

UFC vs Boxing

Yesterday, former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (19-8-1) told ESPN that he’s coming out of retirement. Evans hasn’t competed since June of 2018 when he was knocked out by Anthony Smith. That loss was Evans fifth consecutive loss.

However, after a few years away, the 41 year old is ready to jump back in there. Evans is interested in both boxing and MMA. If his next venture is in the squared circle, he’s interested in either Roy Jones Jr or Logan Paul.

Logan Paul now finds himself in a very interesting position. He just boxed Mayweather and now he potentially has the choice of two former UFC champions. If Logan Paul wants a legit opponent next, he has options.

Given what we just saw from Anderson Silva, I would advise Logan to take a fight with Evans before Silva. However, it’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out. Would you be interested in a boxing matchup between Logan Paul and Rashad Evans?