Tito Ortiz came into this sport a big, oversized wrestler manhandling opponents with raw aggression (think: poor Wes Albritton at UFC 13). And last night, in the main event of Bellator 170, he went out the same way – only this time it was against a fellow legend in the sport, Chael Sonnen.
Look, Scott Coker’s run as Bellator boss has given us some utterly craptastic freakshows to “enjoy”, with Kimbo Slice versus Dada 5000 at the top of the list. But last night had a certain air of legitimacy to it, mostly because both Ortiz and Sonnen were once UFC stars and this was to be Ortiz’s swan song. And, despite all the years and mileage, you can’t say these guys don’t at least still have some level of skill.
That became evident the minute Ortiz took Sonnen down and was suddenly stuck in a D’Arce. When he got out of that, he was stuck in a guillotine (yes, the move Guy Mezger tapped him out with in his first UFC). It took some doing, but Ortiz escaped that one, and then it was his turn to dish out the punishment. The ensuing elbows from above had Sonnen rolling over and exposing his own neck, and, well, Ortiz got a nice rear naked choke tap out for his retirement fight. How about that?
Results: Tito Ortiz def. Chael Sonnen via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:03, R1