Last Saturday, Bellator MMA returned to our screens with Bellator 170, an exciting card in Los Angeles, California. This card’s headlining slot was filled by a light heavyweight bout between retiring MMA legend Tito Ortiz, and fan favorite Chael Sonnen, who was returning from a hiatus of three years.
Though many expect Sonnen to be too much for the aging Ortiz, Ortiz actually ended up winning this one handily, submitting Sonnen with a rear-naked choke just over two minutes into the first round. Ortiz’s victory was so lopsided, in fact, that some fans – and even some respected media members – suggested the fight might have been a fix.
Now that the dust has settled, the retired Ortiz has addressed these fixed fight allegations, saying anyone who suggests such a thing is merely a hater.
“All these people are saying it was a fixed fight, those are the ones that are just fu*king haters,” Ortiz said on social media (via Bloody Elbow). “Believe me I tried to punch him hard in the face. I tried to elbow him in the face, hard. He gave his back, and I’m going to take the choke.”
“That was ‘fixed’, so that’s why I held on the choke a little longer? He even marked me. I got marks in my face from him. C’mon people. C’mon. I don’t fu*king do fixed fights, stupid! Haters are gonna be haters.”
“Yeah, ‘really fixed’, man’s going to need neck surgery,” he continued. “That’s how fixed the fight was, you stupid asses. C’mon people, don’t be so ignorant. Don’t be so dumb. People who do believe it, don’t be so gullible. You guys see how red his face was? I almost ripped his neck off, I almost broke his head, I almost broke his jaw, to tell you the truth. I was squeezing for dear life, that’s for sure.”
What do you think of the fight fixing allegations stemming from Bellator 170’s Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen bout? Sound off in the comments, PENN Nation!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/25/2017.