Following a stunning performance to beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. earlier this year, Anderson Silva has established himself as a legitimate boxer and that’s why he opened as a huge favorite in his next scheduled bout against Tito Ortiz.
The pair of former UFC champions will square off as part of the upcoming Triller Fight Club card on Sept. 11 with Oscar De La Hoya and Vitor Belfort serving as the main event for the show taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Hours after MMA Fighting first reported the matchup, the opening odds for the bout were released with Silva heavily favored to beat Ortiz, who will be making his professional boxing debut.
The odds are courtesy of SportsBetting.ag.
Anderson Silva -500
Tito Ortiz +350
Based on those opening odds, a $500 bet would be required to make $100 back on Silva if he is victorious in the fight. Meanwhile that same $100 bet would earn $350 in return if Ortiz were to pull off the upset.
Of course, Silva has a lot of advantages heading into this matchup including his long history as one of the top strikers in the history of mixed martial arts not to mention his previous experience in the boxing ring.
At 46, Silva put on a dazzling performance to beat Chavez Jr. in Mexico as he competed in a boxing match for the first time in nearly 16 years.
As for Ortiz, he’s got a long list of credentials when it comes to his mixed martial arts career where he’s already been inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame as a former light heavyweight champion. Ortiz is actually riding a three-fight win streak following victories over Chael Sonnen, Chuck Liddell and professional wrestling star Alberto El Patron but this will also be his first attempt at a pro boxing match.
The odds are subject to change based on bets placed on the fight and it’s likely Silva’s status as the favorite will only increase as the days lead closer to the event on Sept. 11.