Last Friday, Bellator 162 took place in Memphis, Tenn. But despite a fight card featuring 15(!) fights, tthe most memorable moment of the night didn't even happen in the cage; it happened before the main event when Bellator did a live promo debate with UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz and recent Bellator acquisition Chael Sonnen. It was the highlight of the evening.
Ortiz smashing an empty juice box in his hands was the most talked about MMA related news of the weekend and yesterday in a Facebook Live interview, Ortiz furthered the discussion by explaining his symbolism.
"So as I was growing up is don't ever do juice, as in steroids. Chael Sonnen gets popped for a juice cocktail. And the question was, 'so how do I think this fight is gonna turn out?' So I said, 'well let me go ahead and find Chael for you.' So the best acronym I could think of that is a juice box, juice box being Chael Sonnen. It's no more than that because he is a juicy juice boy. He likes to do his, dabble in his little steroid stuff.
"Hopefully they do test us - which I know they will, they test us on all of our fights. But that just shows a sign of weakness; a sign of weakness of him being full of juice. He's a juice box, he's a juice boy and that's why that Juicy Juice box came into the camera frame."
Sonnen is one of MMA's most infamous users of PEDs. He was pulled from a scheduled bout with Vitor Belfort in July of 2014 for testing positive for multiple banned substances. He announced his retirement from MMA and served a two-year suspension which was completed earlier this year. Upon the end of his suspension, Sonnen signed with Bellator MMA and almost immediately began calling Ortiz out. Ortiz was happy to oblige, citing a desire to get revenge on Sonnen for a loss suffered on the collegiate wrestling mats where Sonnen pinned Ortiz in less than a minute.
"This is 20 years in the making. So now, yes this is redemption. This is an opportunity for a payback. Chael has picked the wrong person at the wrong time. He's motivated the wrong person. The fire that's in me right now is like no other. This fight feels more important to me than fighting for the world title in my last fight...This is a redemption fight for me because I have an opportunity to clear my name and to smash Chael Sonnen.
"This ain't a wrestling match this is a fight and last time I checked Chael don't like to be punched in the face... I'm gonna try to defend that double and I'm gonna put a pain on him... It's not about looking for the pin, it's about looking to hurt this guy and I'm gonna hurt this guy."
This will be Sonnen's first fight for Bellator and his first fight in over three years. And for Ortiz, it may well be his last fight. Ortiz has been open about nearing the end of retirement and earlier this year he was tossing out big names like Fedor Emelianenko and Royce Gracie as opponents for his final MMA bout; from a marketability standpoint, Sonnen is bigger than both. It could be the perfect bout to end his career with and one he didn't even have to try to make happen.
"He chose me, I didn't choose him. So all you people understand that I'm not choosing the smaller man here, he called me out. He understands how much weight my name holds. He wants an opportunity to fight me; he has that opportunity to fight me.
"You're welcome Chael. I got you paid and you'll be recognized once again."
Tito Ortiz fights Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 on January 21, 2017 in Inglewood, California.
K dispute. Georges St-Pierre responded to Michael Bisping's request to fight him at UFC 206.
Money. Fabricio Werdum posted to Instagram "in protest" of Reebok pay.
Tough loss. Matt Brown talks about his defeat to Jake Ellenberger, saying he felt like Ronda Rousey.
Homecoming. Tatsuya Kawajiri has signed with Rizin FF after being released by the UFC.
Return. Shane Carwin comes out of retirement to enter the Rizin openweight tournament.
El Cucuy. Jack Slack discusses some of the eccentricities of Tony Ferguson's MMA game.
Urijah cracking the door just slightly for a possible fight after the Sac-town card.
Conor Wrestling practice.
Paige doing some morning show promotion.
Ronda goes full Mike Tyson on some girl's ear.
DSM is on The MMA Mad pod this week for those of you who hate me and wish he would come back
Top spot on my MMA wishlist is this fight so we can watch the entire middleweight division lose its collective mind at Bisping not fighting a top guy.
Again with the tweeting by capitalizing every word. I don't understand. Can someone explain? Also, coming after Jack for this is...something.
Targeting Carwin fight I guess. But it would be much better to have him fight Wanderlei or run back Cro Cop.
I’m world champ. If they want to change this, put someone against me n have them beat me. But, dnt try n kill me because u control the media https://t.co/eZKAV5dHN2— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) October 26, 2016
@BloodyElbow It was more of an expression. Making it a headline takes it out of context. I am not/never have been suicidal.— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) October 26, 2016
Good for him I guess. Invest it well and take care of your family.
Being reported that Bigfoot Silva will be paid $500,000 to fight in Russia for Titov Boxing Promotions. Oligarch Igor Altushkin paying fee.— Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) October 26, 2016
Stipe doing big things.
Jose ain't trying to make Reebok angry.
PEDs keep you young.
Young Jeezy is great music to work out to. Or do basically anything to.
It's with great disappointment and frustration that I make this post announcing that I'm forced to withdraw from my #UFCBelfast bout with Ross Pearson... again. Monday morning during wrestling practice I tore my hamstring for what the doctor says is a "high grade", substantial tear in 3 different spots to my hamstring. This is 2 camps in a row, and against Ross that I've had to withdraw from so my greatest apologies to him. This is not my norm and I pride myself on fighting any opposition that's been offered to me. That being said during these training camps I've made a lot of progress and am very excited to show my improvements whoever and whenever that time comes. Once again, my deepest apologies to @rosstherealdeal and the @ufc. I'll be back soon enough.
Antonio Silva (19-10-0, 1 NC) vs. Ivan Shtyrkov (4-0-0); Titov Boxing Promotions, November 18.
Ross Pearson (19-12-0, 1 NC) vs. Stevie Ray (19-6-0); UFC Fight Night 99, November 19.
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Chael should definitely change his walkout song to Biggie's "Juicy."
Take it easy everyone and see you tomorrow.
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