Ortiz Goes Out on Top at Bellator 170
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” turned “People’s Champ” Tito Ortiz entered retirement for the second time after squashing Bellator MMA’s latest signee, “The Bad Guy” aka “The American Gangster”, Chael Sonnen at The Forum in Los Angeles last night. Ortiz went 3-2 in Bellator.
In the brief fight, Ortiz tags Sonnen (also a UFC veteran) twice as he throughs a low leg kick. Ortiz reacts with a body kick of his own then finds success with a single-leg takedown. Sonnen looks for a guillotine choke and maintains it with the hometown favorite having flipped upside down. Sonnen changes positions for a d’arce choke before returning to the prior choke.
Ortiz pops his head out and gets full mount on the Oregon native. He uses his trademark ground ‘n’ pound to force Sonnen onto his stomach and get a partial rear-naked choke. The arm isn’t under the chin, but Ortiz still gets the victory. He holds onto the choke after the tap and is pried off his opponent by referee “Big John” McCarthy. The bout ends at 2:03 of the opening round.
Ortiz apologized but there is no word as of yet as to whether the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) will pursue the matter further.
“When he was tapping, I thought he was trying to grab my hands. But I kind of held on to it, because I have ill will towards him,” Ortiz said. “But that’s just me. When someone talks about my family, my character, I have bad will towards the person. I have never done it like that before.”
“I apologize to the athletic commission for holding on a little longer. I did hold on to it longer. I just had that ill will. I felt like an animal. I felt like a lion, and this lion roared, how I said I was gonna. This was my fight no matter what.”
The former UFC light heavyweight champion initially retired in 2012 after a 1-5 second UFC stint. The career of the controversial UFC Hall of Famer (who asked for his own removal but still appears as an inductee at the time of this writing) would have entered its 20th year this coming May. He later said at the post-fight press conference that he hopes to work for Bellator.
“Do I work for the promotion? I’m going to do something MMA, for sure,” Ortiz said. “…If they ever need anything from me, I’m here – besides fighting.”