The two fighters have history that dates back to their collegiate wrestling days. On Jan. 23, 1998, which just happened to be Ortiz’s birthday, Sonnen faced Ortiz in a wrestling match and was able to pin him in just 44 seconds. Sonnen, who wrestled at 177 pounds for The University of Oregon, moved up a weight class for that match, so he could face the bigger Ortiz, who wrestled at 190 pounds for Cal State Bakersfield.
Almost 20 years later, Ortiz will have a chance to redeem that loss, but this time under MMA rules. The two former UFC fighters are scheduled to battle in the main event of Bellator 170 which takes place on Jan. 21 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.