Anderson Silva to Box Tito Ortiz on De La Hoya vs. Belfort Undercard

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Tito Ortiz celebrates victory over Alberto "El Patron" Rodriguez. Photo: Scott Hirano/Combate Americas

Former UFC champions Tito Ortiz and Anderson Silva are set to meet in a boxing bout on the undercard of the Triller event on September 11.

The Triller boxing event on September 11 is being bolstered by some major star power as UFC legends Tito Ortiz and Anderson Silva are set to meet on the undercard of the Oscar De La Hoya vs Vitor Belfort event.  MMA Fighting was first to report the news.

Former champion Tito Ortiz returns to competition for the first time in over two years and will be making his professional boxing debut.  Ortiz is best-known for being one of the biggest MMA stars of the 2000’s due to his pro-wrestling approach to promoting his fights and his battles with Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Belfort, and other stars from the time.  He goes into the fight on a three fight win-streak in MMA in as many different promotions with stoppages over Chael Sonnen (Bellator), Chuck Liddell (Golden Boy MMA), and Alberto Rodriguez (Combate Americas).  Previously the holder of the record for most UFC title defenses in light-heavyweight history, Ortiz notably also had a public falling out with headliner De La Hoya following the Golden Boy MMA event.

Anderson Silva will be competing in boxing for the third time in his career and is coming off a rousing victory over former boxing champion Julio Caesar Chavez Jr back in June.  Silva recently parted ways with the UFC after more than a decade with the promotion where he set numerous records en route to being regarded one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all-time.  Silva had previously been connected to rumors of a bout with social media celebrity Logan Paul, though discussions never reached serious levels.

More details on the undercard have not been announced.  The event is scheduled to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September. 11.