With Ortiz missing weight by five pounds for their 195-pound contest, it only added to the fervor of seeing him step inside the squared circle against his smaller foe.
But, boy were the initial predictions right as Silva needed less than one round to knock Ortiz out cold against the ropes.
Here’s how the rest of his fellow fighters reacted to his historic victory inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami.
@SpiderAnderson is the coldest boxer of all-time. That’s my dawg!!!!!— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 12, 2021
Wow Anderson looks great once again ! Who’s next ?— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) September 12, 2021
Man, Tito was out for a while there. Hope he’s all good.— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) September 12, 2021
I hope Tito is safe and healthy https://t.co/nVVZ0DANXX— @CrisCyborg.Com (@criscyborg) September 12, 2021
poor tito— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouse) September 12, 2021
We already knew Anderson was gonna touch that big ass head #Triller— Eryk Anders (@erykanders) September 12, 2021
Anderson was precise with the hook he drilled Tito right in the spine and he was out— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) September 12, 2021
That was worth 50 bucks.— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) September 12, 2021
Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva is the fight to make. No one can tell me otherwise.— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) September 12, 2021
Seeing a vintage Anderson is pretty damn cool. Keep letting him beat up MMA guys or older boxers #HolyfieldBelfort— Jeff Molina (@jmolina_125) September 12, 2021
I couldn’t even tweet in time that Tito had no chance…. Man just beat Chavez.— Nik “The Carny” Lentz (@NikLentz) September 12, 2021
Damn I tweeted and put my phone down and when I looked up Tito was face down— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) September 12, 2021