Two MMA legends will combat, but it surely will not be in a cage.
Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz have signed contracts to satisfy in an eight-round cruiserweight boxing match on Sept. 11 within the chief-support bout earlier than Oscar De La Hoya faces Vitor Belfort within the pay-per-view important occasion, Triller co-founder Ryan Kavanaugh advised ESPN on Wednesday.
The Triller PPV will happen at Staples Heart in Los Angeles and options two different boxing matches: former heavyweight champion David Haye vs. Joe Fournier and Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll in a battle of 130-pound fringe contenders.
“I’m very excited to have the chance, together with my workforce, to get within the ring in opposition to Tito Ortiz on Sept. 11 with Triller Battle Membership, who’re actually shaking issues up within the fight sports activities world,” Silva mentioned.
Silva, 46, scored an upset over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in June, simply his third professional boxing match, after which entered negotiations for a combat with YouTube character Logan Paul.
Silva is a former UFC middleweight champion and holds the document for longest title reign in promotion historical past at 2,457 days. He is without doubt one of the most recognizable attracts in MMA historical past, with 18 headline appearances on UFC PPV. He suffered a fourth-round TKO defeat to Uriah Hall in October — his seventh loss in his previous 9 appearances within the Octagon — and was launched by the UFC one month later.
Ortiz, too, was one of many UFC’s most bankable stars. He’ll make his professional boxing debut at 46, almost 10 years since his remaining UFC combat.
“I’m excited to be taking up a brand new problem and compete in opposition to one other nice fighter in Anderson Silva,” mentioned Ortiz, a long-reigning UFC mild heavyweight champion who made his debut at UFC 13 in 1997. “As a patriot, combating on Sept. 11 means lots to me.”
The Haye-Fournier bout will kick-off a two-pronged PPV, with the primary portion geared towards U.Okay. followers. Haye, a former heavyweight and cruiserweight champion, is without doubt one of the greatest boxing stars in U.Okay historical past. He retired after a second loss to Tony Bellew in Could 2018.
The return of Hayes, 40, will headline the primary portion of the occasion that begins at 5 p.m. ET. A free-view will begin after, Kavanaugh mentioned, earlier than the PPV begins once more at 9 p.m. ET.
“Our aim has at all times been to increase the audiences of fight sports activities, music and tradition collectively” Kavanaugh mentioned. “To increase MMA into boxing and boxing into MMA, it was teased and the potential of it was proven with (Floyd) Mayweather-(Conor) McGregor … This combat between two very polarizing MMA legends will drive, hopefully, the MMA viewers to not solely watch the combat however watch the best way we’re doing boxing.”