Tito Ortiz Goes Out on Top at Bellator 170
By Edward Carbajal
The final fight of one of the most recognizable faces in Mixed Martial Arts topped off Bellator 170. Tito Ortiz made short work of Chael Sonnen to earn one last victory in a sport he helped make popular on the network and promotion he felt treated him best.
Fighters at the stage Ortiz and Sonnen are often hard to pick to win, especially when they're fighting each other and you only have their last fights to go by. However Ortiz was in championship form for his last fight and full of energy as he entered the cage with his son. When the first round bell rang, it was obvious both fighters were anxious to finish one another.
However, it was Ortiz that would finally come out on top of Sonnen in every sense of the phrase. After a quick striking exchange Ortiz would initiate a takedown that Sonnen would attack with a D’arce choke, then a guillotine that seemed tight, but not tight enough. Ortiz would slip out of the submission hold and gain the mount position and take the back of “The American Gangster” to secure a rear naked choke.
In the post fight press conference when Ortiz was asked what’s next now that he is done fighting, he said he would like to do something with MMA and Bellator to help grow the promotion. But spending time with his family is something he is looking forward to.
Complete Bellator 170 Results
Tito Ortiz def. Chael Sonnen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:03 of R1
Paul Daley def. Brennan Ward via knockout (flying knee) - Round 1, 2:27
Hisaki Kato def. Ralek Gracie via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Emmanuel Sanchez def. Georgi Karakhanyan via majority decision (28-28, 28-27, 28-27)
Derek Campos def. Derek Anderson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Chinzo Machida def. Jamar Ocampo via KO (punch) at 3:48 of R3
Jack May def. Dave Cryer via TKO at :41 of R1
Kevin Casey and Keith Berry fight to majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Jalin Turner def. Gabriel Green via first-round KO (0:36)
Daniel Rodriguez def. Christian Gonzalez via TKO at 3:55 of R2
Alex Soto def. Demarcus Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Henry Corrales def. Cody Bollinger via knockout (punches) - Round 3, 4:28