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Two Of The Greatest UFC Champions To Meet In A Boxing Fight

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Two Of The Greatest UFC Champions To Meet In A Boxing Fight

UFC legend Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz are set to face on the undercard of Triller's latest Fight Club on September 11th.

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Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva is one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time, keeping the title for a record 2457 days.

The Brazilian made 10 title defences of the 185 lb belt during his time in the octagon and in September he'll face someone as much of an MMA legend.

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Ortiz was the light heavyweight champion for 1260 days, making five defences, and had rivalries with Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell.

Anderson will be making his second appearance in a boxing bout, having defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr back in June.

Anderson (top) and Ortiz will face inside a ring. Image: PA Images
Anderson (top) and Ortiz will face inside a ring. Image: PA Images
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Both men will be sharing the card with a man they've both fought in the past, as they appear on the undercard of Vitor Belfort's fight with Oscar de la Hoya.

Whilst Ortiz has never had a boxing fight before, the 46-year-old once came to blows with UFC president Dana White, and wanted an actual fight with White.

"We were on a private plane on our way to Japan and it was my partners, the Fertitta brothers, myself, Tito Ortiz and our matchmaker at the time, Joe Silva. Tito and I were messing around and he put me in what's called a neck crank," the UFC chief told Conan O'Brien once.

"I was tapping and he didn't stop. You can seriously hurt somebody in a neck crank, especially as big and strong as Tito is.

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"So I just started blasting him in the ribs, started punching him in the ribs and when he let go [I] just jumped up and it was just a full blown fist fight in the plane."

Triller promoted the huge return of Mike Tyson to boxing last year, when he took on Roy Jones Jr in the ring in an exhibition fight.

They have also been involved in Jake Paul's fights, with the YouTuber taking on Nate Robinson and Ben Askren on the platform.

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They were meant to put on the lightweight title fight between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr, there first huge fight between proper boxers, but the fight has been delayed.

Topics: Anderson Silva, Boxing, UFC, MMA

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