Anderson Silva scored a first-round knockout against Tito Ortiz as the two former UFC champions faced off in the boxing ring Saturday night.
Silva allowed Ortiz to be the aggressor as the fight began and drew him into a corner. But as Ortiz let his punches fly, Silva waited for an opening and delivered an overhand right that dropped Ortiz to the canvas.
The bout pitting two 46-year-old legendary MMA fighters was the co-main event along with Evander Holyfield’s return to the boxing ring at 58 years old.
During the event, held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, former President Donald Trump watched Silva’s knockout with delight while providing commentary at the four-card event.
Trump compared Silva’s strategy to Muhammad Ali’s “rope-a-dope” strategy that he used in knocking out George Foreman in “The Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974.
“I’ll tell you what, that raises really raises his stock,’’ Trump said of Silva.
Silva was coming off a split decision victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. while Ortiz was making his boxing debut.
Anderson Silva knocks out Tito Ortiz in boxing match