Anderson Silva addressed the media virtually ahead of his upcoming boxing bout against Tito Ortiz at Triller Fight Club. This contest goes down on September 11th and the two former UFC champions are slated to don the big gloves.
This eight-round cruiserweight affair is the co-feature behind Oscar De La Hoya’s return to the ring. The Golden Boy competes against former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
I spoke with The Spider ahead of his fourth professional boxing bout. A fight set on a Fall Saturday night broadcast on FITE TV.
— Clever Koike (@DylanBowker) August 16, 2021
The pageantry of Triller has its own unique stylistic hallmarks. But the grandiose production bears certain resemblances to the larger-than-life production focuses of some of Silva’s prior bouts in Pride Fighting Championships.
Below is a transcription of my interaction with the legendary former UFC middleweight kingpin at Triller Fight Club’s recent media day. Where I drew some parallels between the organizations in a way.
With the Triller platform, there’s a lot of flashy performance aspects to it that add a lot to the show.
Are we going to be seeing the Pride Fighting Championships, Michael Jackson/ Anderson Silva entrance for this one? Maybe something to that effect?
“Wow, Michael Jackson is very interesting because I love Michael Jackson too. And when I was young I remember, I go to a party. This school party with my friends and I dance to Michael Jackson. I tried to copy Michael Jackson too. I’m a big fan but I mean, he’s historical; Michael Jackson. I remember when I fight in PRIDE with Carlos Newton, I use the stuff from Michael Jackson. Start dancing and I walk to the ring. I mean, I’m big fan for Michael Jackson and I feel happy when people remember that fight. Remember when I was walking and dancing to Michael Jackson.”
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