Tito Ortiz has called out Logan Paul after being knocked out clean by Anderson Silva in his pro boxing debut.
The UFC legends met on the undercard of Vitor Belfort’s bout against Evander Holyfield in Florida on Saturday night.
Having never boxed before, Ortiz made the decision to try and turn the match into a brawl from the very first bell.
However, his reckless style proved counter-productive as the former UFC middleweight world champion landed a crisp right hook which crashed against the skull of his opponent.
Slumped on the canvas and with his mouth wide open, Ortiz would be forgiven for remaining silent in the moments after defeat. Yet the 46-year-old has since issued a response and offered admiration to his foe.
“I’ve never been clipped like that,” Ortiz told Fight Hype. “Even [Chuck] Liddell didn’t clip me that bad.
“That was a good punch, he caught me with a clean punch… I think I was being too stupid standing in front of him like that and Anderson has been boxing for a long time and that’s why he’s that good.
“I’ll give him respect. I give my respect to the royalty. I trained as hard as I possibly could for it.”
The former light-heavyweight champion last fought inside a cage in 2018 when he knocked out former foe Liddell in their trilogy fight having been soundly beaten twice.
Despite his pedigree in MMA, it seems as though a career in boxing remains his most likely option.
YouTube sensation Logan Paul has fought twice as a professional boxer, going eight rounds with the great Floyd Mayweather in June.
Given the pulling power he now has in the sport, Ortiz believes he has the perfect opponent in mind for his return to the squared circle.
“Win some lose some but I will fight another day! #TRILLER,” Ortiz wrote on Twitter. “.@LoganPaul we lost our last fights let’s entertain our fans!! @triller ASAP.”
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