The combat sports world has praised Anderson Silva after his devastating knockout victory over Tito Ortiz in a boxing match last weekend and former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has joined us.
Silva, who is widely regarded as one of the best forwards in MMA history, has enjoyed tremendous success inside boxing since leaving the UFC. Last June, “Spider” upset former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in his first boxing match since 2005 (highlights HERE). Most recently, Silva quickly worked on Ortiz in a lopsided main co-event on Triller.
Silva’s transition to the boxing ring has been nothing short of spectacular. His peers, including Bisping, have reached out in droves to pay tribute to one of the best to do so.
“Anderson Silva is one of the greatest martial artists this human race has ever seen,” Bisping said on his YouTube channel (via MMA Junkie). “He’s a modern day Bruce Lee. Anderson Silva truly is one of the greatest of all time, and that’s just a fact.”
While Ortiz is a complete shell of his old self and Silva was a big favorite to take the win on their recent boxing escapade, it was always impressive to see “Spider” get down to business. Ortiz was quite aggressive in his approach to the fight and it cost him dearly inside the ring.
“Tito said he was going to come out and he was going to put a hole in his head and that he’s a fighter and everything, and he won’t use any of that wing-chun bullshit on him,” Bisping said. “Well, that’s not the way you fight Anderson Silva. You can’t go up against Anderson Silva and be aggressive… Anderson Silva’s timing is impeccable, his reflexes are feline, urban and the variety of attacks from Anderson Silva is breathtaking.
Bisping, who spent most of his tenure at the UFC chasing Silva in the 185-pound division, acknowledges that “Spider” didn’t end his MMA career on the right note. In fact, Silva has only won one fight in his last nine trips to the Octagon. It’s not the best way to quit the MMA game, but the things Silva is doing right now inside the boxing ring at the age of 46 are absolutely amazing.
“For Anderson Silva to continue doing it, at this level, at 46, after his career in mixed martial arts – we all know the disgrace he has had,” Bisping said. “He lost a few fights and then he ended up getting knocked out against Uriah Hall, it looked like it was over. But he’s really had a rebirth and as an Anderson Silva fan, and make no mistake, I’m an Anderson Silva fan, you have to be. How not to respect the work he had?
“And also the way he behaves. Of course he had the little thing with steroids and everything and you all know my take on that and trust me when I fought him I gave him my thoughts on it, make no mistake about it. I punished him for that, I ridiculed him, I insulted him to the max. But still, it’s water under the bridge, and on Saturday night Anderson Silva looked absolutely fantastic. So kudos to Anderson, there is still life in the old dog.