Chael Sonnen says Tito Ortiz tapped
By Edward Carbajal
Now fans finally hear from one of the competitors involved. This week on his podcast, “You’re Welcome with Chael Sonnen”, Sonnen claimed that Tito Ortiz verbally tapped but because McCarthy did not hear or see any form of submission from where he was in the cage.
In the footage of the fight it seems that McCarthy’s angle is fine from the point Ortiz was in the most trouble, the tap in question from fans is around the 3:18 mark in the video. Sonnen seems to be working to cinch in the Darce choke when Ortiz is turtled up before he tries to spin to take his back. Either Ortiz was fidgeting to break Sonnen’s grips, or he tapped. A verbal tap is hard to see given the position of Ortiz’s head and face turned down toward the mat let alone hear from where McCarthy was standing. Only he and Sonnen know the truth and it looks like the only way to settle it would be to have them face each other again. Sonnen went on to say, “When you lose you just take your loss. It’s not a tap if the referee doesn’t call it a tap.”
Regardless of the claim, the fact remains the tap that was seen was Sonnen’s to Ortiz’s choke attempt and in re-watching the fight Ortiz driving his hips forwardwhile pulling back on Sonnen’s jaw is a legitimate submission. Neck crank, wind-pipe choke, blood choke none of them are worth sitting in and risking damage.
Again, a rematch is the only way to settle this once and for all. However, as Sonnen pointed out in the same podcast he [Ortiz] is retired. Ortiz’s only response on Twitter was this:
Is this fight something fans would like to see? It certainly brought in good numbers the first time.