Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tito Ortiz came out of retirement for a trilogy fight with Chuck Liddell, promoted by Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy MMA. Now it appears that Chael Sonnen may have coaxed him out again, for a rematch promoted by Bellator MMA.

Ortiz expanded on the remarks in an interview with a TMZ Sports stringer.

“He started it,” said Ortiz, as transcribed by Zane Simon for BE. “As Chuck started it. And Chuck only lasted what? Four and a half minutes? He called me out man. I’m gonna stay in retirement. I’m still gonna stay retired, and I’m gonna smash Chael. I’m not gonna choke him, I’m not gonna submit him, I’m gonna smash him. I’ll put a show on for every one of the fans. That’s what I’m gonna do.”

"So, I’ve never fought at Madison Square Gardens, so possibly Madison Square Gardens. That’ll be the first thing," he said. “So, I was the first UFC fighter – mixed martial artist – to ever fight in California. First one. First one to fight in Las Vegas. First one. First one to fight in Florida. First one. So, I’d like to just add to my repertoire of being able to go to Madison Square Gardens and fight. Where the greatest have fought. People like Ali, people like Frazier, people like Foreman. Just to do something great for mixed martial arts, at the expense of Chael Sonnen.

“This guy has a loud mouth. I’m gonna shut him up. Like I say: I’m not gonna choke him, I’m not gonna submit him, I’m gonna pummel him for three rounds. And give the fans what they want to see, and that’s a great fight.”

Sonnen lost to Ortiz, then bounced back with wins over 'Rampage' and Wanderlei, and lost to Fedor, and now may get a rematch with Tito. And MMA now has the sort of Masters division that Vitor Belfort was calling for. And hopefully no one is getting CTE.