Tito Ortiz wrote his storybook ending with a dramatic first-round submission victory over Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 Saturday night. But before the Huntington Beach Bad Boy can ride quietly into the sunset, there’s plenty of talk about his final MMA bout.
There’s footage of the fight circulating in the Internet which purportedly shows that the fight was fixed. In the 38-second video, the video uploader emphasizes a sequence where Sonnen has Ortiz seemingly locked in a deep choke. The American Gangster appears to have released the hold after Ortiz taps. The positions then change and Ortiz later ended up on the back of Sonnen before forcing him to tap out due to a rear naked choke.
Watch the video footage right here:
Interesting, huh? What do you think?
The bout was the headliner for Bellator 170 which was held at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Ortiz declared that the fight would be the final one in a long and decorated MMA career. Ortiz was one of the sport’s first superstars. He reigned as the UFC Light Heavyweight champion from 2000 to 2003. In 2006, he became the UFC’s first PPV superstar with bouts against Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and Ken Shamrock. With the win over Sonnen, Ortiz finishes his career with a record of 19-12 with 8 KOs and 5 submissions.
Sonnen was making his Bellator debut. The American Gangster has never won a world title but challenged for the belt twice in the UFC and once in the WEC. Sonnen had not fought since losing to Rashad Evans at UFC 167 in 2013. He retired from the sport after a failed drug test and has spent the last three years working as a UFC analyst for FOX sports.
Twenty one years ago, Sonnen defeated Ortiz in a collegiate wrestling match. What made the defeat memorable for Ortiz wasn’t just the fact that the bout lasted just 30 seconds but also because it happened on his birthday. So now Ortiz gets his revenge of sorts. Or did he?