Tito Ortiz has been in this game 20 years, one of the original trash talkers of MMA. But that didn’t stop him from taking umbrage at the pre-fight trash talk that Chael Sonnen directed at him.
After submitting Sonnen in the first round at Bellator 170 on Saturday, Ortiz raised a slight stir by holding onto the finishing submission well after Sonnen tapped, until the referee literally pulled him off. Afterwards, Ortiz said he held onto the submission because he had “ill will” towards Sonnen. And that bad blood hasn’t gone away.
Speaking with Fight Hub TV after the fight, Ortiz said he won’t squash the beef until Sonnen publicly apologizes.
“I didn’t say anything after the fight. He came to my dressing room and said, ‘Good fight, it was an honor, da da da’ and I go, ‘You’ve got to apologize to me in public.’ So we’re gonna see if he has enough balls to apologize to me in public.”
In the pre-fight build up Sonnen repeatedly took aim at Ortiz’s financial situation and his personal life, suggesting that Ortiz was in need of money and had his car repossessed, as well as taking a particularly uncouth shot at Ortiz’s ex girlfriend Jenna Jameson. To Ortiz, Sonnen violated his own personal code of trash talk, and Ortiz’s subsequent win was divine retribution.
“I’m a kid who has a lot of respect. I believe in respect. Talking about another person’s family is something wrong to do and for what he did, that’s just the wrong thing to do. That’s always my three rules of s**t-talking: You don’t talk about a person’s family, you don’t talk about a person’s country, and you don’t lie about a person. He did all three of those things, and the big man upstairs took care of it.”
With the loss, Sonnen now turns his eyes towards a long awaited fight with Wanderlei Silva while Ortiz rides off into the sunset with his fairytale ending. In a sport where, as B.J. Penn reminded everyone recently, so few legends get to go out on a high note, Ortiz seems content with his decision to walk away on the back of resurgent performance.
“I want to go out as my best, no matter what anyone says. I don’t want to go away when people say, ‘Well, he should have left a long time ago.’ I want people to go, ‘He should stay here, he should still stay around.’ But I’m gonna be 42 on Monday. I’ve been in this business for 20 years. I’ve done everything I wanted to do. I’ve became a millionaire, I bought my dream home, I bought my dream car, I bought my dream boat, I’ve been able to give my kids their college tuition, all three of my boys, so I’ve done what I needed to do as a parent, as a man on this Earth and what’s the next thing for me to do is find a different career.”
Results. You can find the Bellator 170 results here.
Bad blood. Tito Ortiz admits he held the choke against Chael because of “ill will.”
Wand. Chael Sonnen says he came to Bellator to “chase Wanderlei Silva.”
Fat shaming. King Mo called Rampage Jackson “fat.”
Sports entertainment. Anderson Silva says the new UFC owners are turning it into entertainment more than sport.
The champ choking people out.
The champ on TMZ.
LFA 2 highlights.
The Menace training vlog.
Holy s**t. And his ear might be the worst part of it anyway.
Paul Daley's flying knee did a real number on Brennen Ward's face. I'm going to go cry now. pic.twitter.com/ejauEYb6Eg— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) January 22, 2017
The #Bellator170 main event was more choreographed than a Brittany Spears music video. Shame really... It might have been a fun fight.— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) January 22, 2017
Yeah, that didn’t look good.
That ringworm on Chael's left shoulder might be the most lethal thing Tito has ever fought fighting. #Bellator170— Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) January 22, 2017
@arielhelwani @MFG16 @ChrisWeidmanUFC @sagenorthcutt @TimKennedyMMA @panteraufc I'm blowing the roof off! This will be you most controversial and most listened to episode! #PROMISE— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) January 22, 2017
@davedoylemma @YahooSports You damn right. Why they didn't mention my title win during once after the Rousey Nunez fight?— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodIey) January 22, 2017
when #pauldaley says he will ko rory macdonald inside a @BellatorMMA cage https://t.co/gc5jEaiWx0— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) January 22, 2017
Ragin’ Al on Kato-Gracie.
Imagine the guy in black came out and threw a punch this round— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) January 22, 2017
COME ON @junior_cigano what the @ufc and @Mickmaynard2 don't they have the best hwys in the world for you to FIGHT? @arielhelwani @MMAjunkie— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) January 22, 2017
Does not get the LT stamp of approval.
Someone who is close to him should help. This is legitimately dangerous. No need to get injured deadlifting. Proper form keeps you safe. https://t.co/U8a61LdFoa— Luke Thomas (@SBNLukeThomas) January 22, 2017
My favorite thing about last night. SO MANY LEGENDS who built the sport treated right and appreciated in the same building @BellatorMMA ❤️TY— Gina Carano (@ginacarano) January 22, 2017
January 21, 2017
Goodluck 2nite to a great champion & good person. Best wishes & great health to u in future. God bless @titoortiz #Bellator170 @DesWoodruff pic.twitter.com/1Ly6UnDwE8— KEN SHAMROCK (@ShamrockKen) January 21, 2017
TJ running with the “snake” thing.
Ovince Saint Preux (19-9) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (12-1); UFC Fight Night Houston, Feb. 4.
Quinton Jackson (37-11) vs. Muhammed Lawal (20-6); Bellator 175, March 31.
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