Anderson Silva made quick work of Tito Ortiz in tonight’s Triller Fight Club boxing match, knocking Ortiz out in the first round.
Silva (3-1, 2 KO in boxing) and Ortiz (0-1 in boxing) are both MMA legends, but this boxing matchup always strongly favored Silva, and he didn’t waste time in there, dropping and stopping Ortiz in 81 seconds.
The fight, scheduled for eight rounds, had two-minute rounds even though it was officially sanctioned in Florida.
“The grand master Bruce Lee says, ‘Be water, my friend,’ that’s what I did today,” Silva said. “I’ll go back home and continue training, and we’ll see.”
Silva did kind of hint that this might have been his last fight, saying “probably” when asked if this was the last we’d seen of him, but that could also just be a mix-up in translation, as he speaks English but it’s not his first language.
Ortiz was hurt initially on a right hook to the jaw, which pretty much put him out leaning against the ropes, and then Silva came in with a left from behidn, which hit the ear, and Ortiz was down and out. My guess is this was definitely the last we see of Tito Ortiz in boxing.
Jono Carroll MD-10 Andy Vences
A pretty good fight threatened to go unwatchable thanks to the overbearing commentary work overstating everything, but a solid win for Jono Carroll over Andy Vences in what was advertised as a WBA eliminator at 130 lbs.
Scores were 95-95, and then two cards of 97-93 for Carroll (20-2-1, 5 KO), handing Vences (23-3-1, 12 KO) his third loss in four fights.
It was a competitive bout throughout, and Carroll revealed it was even harder than it might have seemed.
“I got caught in the sixth round or something and I couldn’t see, and jabs kept hitting me. In the eighth round I said, ‘Listen, you’ve been through too much, you’ve sacrificed too much, let’s just go to war and see what happens,’” Carroll said. “I couldn’t see jack shit out of me eye! I just kept swinging. I knew if I was close to him, I could land shots.”
“I’m here. If we get a world title shot, I’m going to get a full, 12-week camp,” Carroll said, adding that he only had five weeks to prepare for this fight and didn’t feel at his best in the ring.
For what it’s worth, the WBA 130 lb title is currently vacant, as Gervonta Davis recently gave it up. The vacancy has been ordered to be filled by a fight between Chris Colbert and Roger Gutierrez, who actually has the WBA’s secondary belt, which really is the actual title, it’s a whole to-do, but whatever. Colbert-Gutierrez first, and Carroll is in line to fight the winner.