Bellator 170 Main Event Preview
By Edward Carbajal
Bad vs. Bad
It's a new year and the hype train for Bellator 170 stops at the Forum in LA this Saturday. In combat sports a main event usually features a lot of trash talk pitting one fighter as a good guy, the other bad. But what happens if both men have a reputation for being bad guys?
Tito Ortiz (18-12-1) had been in the fight game for a while and saw success and titles before his opponent, Chael Sonnen (28-14-1). Ortiz is arguably the first person in the sport to use out of cage tactics like trash talk to promote fights. Sonnen refined that skill in his time in MMA and with this fight being his first fight with Bellator and Ortiz’s last in the sport the winner leaves with crown of being “king of the bad guys”.
So who takes the win?
Well, even though he is retiring Ortiz still handles preparation and training the way he always has. It's something many wrestlers that transition to MMA take with them into the cage. Sonnen does the same but evolution in MMA counts for a lot.
Both men are great wrestlers and Sonnen has already won that battle on the mat. However, this is MMA and things are different here. Tito Ortiz has held a UFC title and probably has more experience in MMA than Sonnen does since he jumped in first. But evolution plays a big part in a fighter’s success in this sport.
Sonnen may have been out of action for a while but he was not just doing a podcast and commentary for various networks. Sonnen, in his time away from action has earned a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and competed in Metamoris and other grappling competitions. It is likely a more evolved fighter is returning in Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 and might be too much for Ortiz and with this being his return and Ortiz’s last bow, it’s Sonnen’s fight to win.
See the main event card below:
Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen Main Card:
Light Heavyweight Main Event: Tito Ortiz (18-12-1) vs. Chael Sonnen (28-14-1)
Welterweight Co-Main Event: Paul Daley (38-14-2) vs. Brennan Ward (14-4)
Middleweight Main Card Bout: Ralek Gracie (3-0) vs. Hisaki Kato (7-2)
Featherweight Main Card Bout: Georgi Karakhanyan (26-6-1) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3)
Lightweight Main Card Bout: Derek Anderson (14-2) vs. Derek Campos (17-6)