Listen: Bellator 170 Media Call
Bellator 170 is headlined by a matchup years in the making: former UFC legends Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen will settle their differences on Saturday, Jan. 21 in Inglewood, California. The blockbuster card also features a bout between welterweight heavy hitters Paul Daley and Brennan Ward.
Sonnen and Ortiz, as well as the co-main competitors, spoke on a media conference call ahead of the event.
Asked to grade Ortiz’s trash talking ability, the self-proclaimed “American Gangster” and one of the game’s sharpest tongues seemed downright disgusted.
“Man, it’s painful,” Sonnen said. “It was painful just listening to him read through that list of notes. He just rattled off all of his bullets right there in one answer and I think he asked to go to the bathroom during it, which was a little weird. I don’t care, I never thought about Tito Ortiz. I didn’t come to this organization to fight Tito Ortiz. I’ve been chasing Wanderlei Silva around, but Wanderlei is busy until the summer. They called me and asked if I’d fight Tito on January 21 and I didn’t have anything else going on, so I said yes."
Ortiz’s response was perfectly intense and over-the-top:
"This guy knows that he bit off a little more than he can chew. I’ve been through 20 years of competition, won world titles, and stepped into that cage over and over again. The proof is in the pudding. I’m sitting here listening to the tone that Chael has and it sounds like he’s drowning and on January 21, he’s going to be drowning in his own blood."
Listen to the full media call tomorrow: