Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz in college wrestling match

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen have a highly anticipated MMA fight coming up at Bellator 170 on January 21, 2017. Many people don’t know however that these guys have a long standing history from back in the day when they were both competing on the college wrestling circuit.

Even though both must have been in the same weight class at the time it is quite clear that Tito is the much larger framed man. That doesn’t stop Chael Sonnen from pretty much dominating this match from start to finish with superior skill and ability.

Notice both of their stances early on the match. Sonnen is much lower to the ground before he shoots in for what looks like an ankle pick (or low single leg takedown) that puts Tito on his back.

Tito then grabs a hold of Sonnen’s leg and uses it to briefly get back to his feet where the two lock up in a greco type clinch. Sonnen then quite impressively tosses Ortiz to the ground like a rag doll from a head and arm throw and it doesn’t take long after that before he gets the pin.

Tito Ortiz has recently spoke out about this embarrassing loss from back in the day and how much it affected him. Another interesting tidbit is that this decisive loss took place on Tito Ortiz’ birthday, making it that much worse.

Jacob Christopher “Tito” Ortiz (born January 23, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist fighting for Bellator MMA. In the MMA world, he is known for his stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is a former Light Heavyweight Champion, having held the title from April 14, 2000 to September 26, 2003. Along with fighters like Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, he was one of the sports early stars. Ortiz ultimately became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Ken Shamrock. [Source: Wiki]

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