Tito Ortiz is concerned about missing weight for his upcoming boxing match against Anderson Silva on September 11 in Los Angeles. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” believes that Silva is afraid of the power that he can bring and purposely chose the 195-lbs catchweight despite Silva’s previous fights at 205-lbs in MMA.
Ortiz made the comments on a pre-fight media call:
“I appreciate this opportunity, Triller, Anderson Silva for finally agreeing to the weight that was mandatory for me to make 195. So I’m literally trying to cut my leg off to make that weight and I’ll do it. I’ve never missed a weight my whole career, but it just shows that I’m really focused. But again, it shows that Anderson, he respects the power, so I’m excited. I respect the man as a fighter, but I kind of lost a lot of respect for him just for not fighting me at 200 pounds.”Tito ortiz on fighting anderson silva at 205-lbs. via mma junkie
Ortiz has never fought professionally at a weight below 199-lbs, the old UFC middleweight weight limit before the organization began using the 205-lb weight limit under the unified rules of mixed martial arts. Silva fought six times at 205-lbs while competing for the UFC Light Heavyweight championship.
Ortiz and Silva are set to square off on the undercard of the of the Vitor Belfort-Oscar De La Hoya Triller Fight Club event at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The two MMA legends will wear 10-ounces gloves during the scheduled eight round fight.