Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz recently retired after submitting fellow UFC veteran Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170. Recently, allegations have come out by UFC veteran Dan Hardy, saying that the fight between Ortiz and Sonnen looked like a fixed fight.
“All these people are saying it was a fixed fight, those are the ones that are just f—king haters,” Ortiz said during a live video chat with fans. “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 f—king do fixed fights, stupid! Haters are gonna be haters.”
Ortiz even claims that he did a lot of damage to Sonnen while executing the choke.
“Yeah, ‘really fixed’, man’s going to need neck surgery. That’s how fixed the fight was, you stupid asses,” Ortiz exclaimed. “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.”
Ortiz went 3-1-0 during his four fight run in Bellator MMA, which includes wins over former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko and fellow UFC veteran Stephan Bonnar.