Update: Tito Ortiz missed weight, as seen in a video below.
The ‘Tribute to the Kings’ event headlined by MMA legend Anderson Silva and former WBC middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. took place on Saturday, June 19, at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico. It was promoted by Borizteca Boxing and Toscano Promotions and produced by Global Sports Streaming. As revealed by reports, it seems the promoters of the event wanted to get UFC megastars, Nate and Nick Diaz, to compete in boxing matches at the event as well. However, while Nate Diaz was definitely interested in competing at the event, it seems the UFC prevented him from doing so. Anderson Silva also exposed UFC PResident Dana White as a fraud recently.
Anderson Silva recently spoke at the pre-fight press conference where he addressed Tito Ortiz’s criticism about fighting at 195 pounds, suggesting he be banned from the fight if he can’t cut the weight.
“I’m not a heavy guy, and when you come to fight, and you don’t cut the weight, if you can’t make the weight, don’t come to fight,” Silva said.
“That’s the point. I have nothing to say about that. It’s not an excuse. It doesn’t make sense. I fight in Mexico at 182 (pounds) and why go fight at heavyweight here. It doesn’t make sense. I’m not a heavy guy.”
“I’m concentrated on one thing and that’s doing my job and continue to prove my respect for boxing and for the boxing community,” Silva explained. “The other stuff I don’t care.
“I try to enjoy every single moment I have and I show my respect to the boxing community and show my respect for my coach and for everybody watching me. I’m healthy and I continue to working hard every day. I’m so lucky to come here again, show my job, and show how much I love fighting. I try to enjoy.”