We had a boxer try his hand at MMA when James Toney fought Randy Couture. We’ve had MMA fighters transition to boxing when Conor McGregor fought Floyd Mayweather. But this may be one of the first times that two former UFC champions will box.
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, fresh off his boxing win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., will be taking on former UFC light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, on September 11.
Anderson Silva vs Tito Ortiz Odds
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has Silva vs Ortiz odds and lists Anderson as the -1400 favorite and Tito the +700 underdog. To profit $100 with a Silva victory, you would need to bet $1,400, while a $100 wager on an Ortiz win would net you $700.
Odds as of September 11 at Sportsbook
To view the Silva vs Ortiz odds from a different perspective, our sports betting calculator tells us that the -1400 line for Anderson represents an implied win probability of 93.33 percent whereas the +700 odds for Tito have an implied win probability of 12.50 percent.
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Silva vs Ortiz Betting Odds Analysis
With this being Ortiz’s first professional boxing match, it’s not surprising in the least to see him as the betting underdog. Additionally, for those who watched “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” in action in the early 2000s, you would know that his main approach to MMA was to take his opponents down and use aggressive ground and pound to finish his foes or submit them if the opportunity presented itself.
Anderson Eyes Third Straight Boxing Victory
It had been a separation of nearly 16 years for Anderson Silva and professional boxing as he knocked out Julio Cesar de Jesus in 2005 and then scored a split-decision win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in June. The Spider was always known for his exceptional striking, evident with 23 of his 34 wins ending by way of knockout.
Silva vs Ortiz Preview
Although the two men are the same age (46), Silva has been much more active, competing in the UFC as recently as Halloween 2020 and in the boxing ring in June of this year. Meanwhile, Ortiz was last seen in Combate Americas in December 2019 in a catchweight (210 pounds) bout.
Playing in favor of Silva is that this bout will be contested at 195 pounds, forcing Tito to cut weight. Once again, Silva was the middleweight champion at 185 pounds, 20 pounds lighter than the division Ortiz fought in.
Overall, Anderson is an expert on defense, extremely elusive, and is crisp and accurate on offense. Tito, on the other hand, is more straightforward, trying to close the distance and grind out a victory. Unfortunately for Ortiz, there is no wrestling in the boxing ring and I think he will be at a severe disadvantage in a solely standup battle.