Sonnen Talks Bellator Future Following Loss
Chael Sonnen did not expect to be fighting Tito Ortiz when he signed with Bellator, and in retrospect perhaps that was the wrong fight: Ortiz submitted Sonnen with ease in the first round, leading many to criticize Sonnen’s performance. He remains focused on the same goal as before, though: fighting Wanderlei Silva.
Ahead of Bellator 170, Sonnen spoke about Wanderlei Silva, who he had been scheduled to fight in the UFC, almost as much as he hyped the fight against Ortiz.
"The next time I see Wanderlei Silva, I’m going to be fighting Wanderlei Silva," Sonnen said during the pre-fight media call. "And he is going to tell you the same thing. And the goal is, it will be inside of a ring on an appropriate time. But the next time I see hi, I’m going to be fighting him."
Sonnen instead took a fight with Ortiz, one that he would have liked to emerge victorious from to add steam to a grudge match with Silva. Regardless of his disappointment in his first Bellator showing, Sonnen’s longterm goal has not changed.
"Yeah, I have my sights set on Wanderlei, and he would tell you the same thing," Sonnen said immediately after the loss to Ortiz. "We got unfinished business that dates back many years."
Sonnen had been scheduled to fight Wanderlei Silva after coaching opposite the Brazilian on a season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil in 2013, but the fight was scrapped when Silva refused to undergo a random drug test. Sonnen then failed a drug test himself, which led to his two-year suspension.
Now over three years later, Sonnen and Silva have not mended fences and despite Sonnen’s loss to Ortiz, there will still be plenty of eyes glued to the screen if the two step into the cage together.