Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz to headline Bellator show on Jan 21. |
Sonnen (29-14-1) shocked the MMA world when he signed with Bellator last month after a prosperous run in the UFC. He had stated that he was thinking about coming back after a two-year doping suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) and entered himself into the UFC’s anti-doping program run by USADA. But in typical “Bad Guy” fashion, Sonnen swerved everyone when he announced he was a free agent and signing with Bellator.
“The American Gangster,” now 39 years old, is a two-time UFC middleweight title challenger and also a former light heavyweight title challenger. He has made millions of dollars and sold millions of pay-per-views with his trash talk. Sonnen is legitimately one of the biggest draws in MMA history. He last fought at UFC 167 in 2013, a first-round TKO loss to Rashad Evans.
Ortiz (18-12-1) is a UFC Hall of Famer and one of the most decorated champions in UFC history. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” signed with Bellator in 2013 and has gone 2-1 with the promotion, most recently falling by first-round submission to Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary in September 2015. Ortiz, 41, owns career wins over the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, Ken Shamrock and Forrest Griffin.
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