Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz is set to retire after fighting fellow UFC veteran Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170. Ortiz, who has had a longtime rivalry with Sonnen, states that Sonnen isn't really the legend he builds himself up to be.
“He was a fill-in,” Ortiz said during the pre-fight presser. “He’s never had a big win in, [what] five years? Eight years? He talks well. His mouth sells everything. But Chael Sonnen is writing checks that his ass can’t cash.”
Ortiz, while saying that Sonnen is simply playing games with him, also believes that he's just superior to Sonnen.
“He is playing a game,” Ortiz said. “He’s an actor. He’s playing a game. He knows who’s the better fighter. He knows it deep down. When I’m on top of him and I’m elbowing his face, and I split his face wide open — there’s blood everywhere — he’s gonna quit. He’s gonna give his back. I’m gonna try to hurt him. This is not a game. This is not a wrestling match.”
Bellator 170 takes place on Saturday, January 21 from The Forum in Inglewood, California with Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen headlining, the main card airs live on Spike TV.