Ortiz Submits Sonnen in Final Fight of His Career

Daley Knocks Out Ward With Flying Knee

Tito Ortiz ended his mixed-martial-arts career the way he should, with a win.  Ortiz (19-12-1) submitted Chael Sonnen Saturday night at Bellator 170 with a rear-naked choke.  The event was in Inglewood, CA at The Form.

The fight had a lot of smack talk, mostly from Sonnen, leading up to it.  Sonnen (29-15-1) took shots at Ortiz’s ex-girlfriend, adult film star Jenna Jameson, has said Ortiz has financial troubles and mocked the intelligence of him.

But in the cage, it doesn’t matter who talks better.  Ortiz came out throwing a few punches, while Sonnen was throwing kids to the body and legs of him.  Sonnen then gave up takedown to Ortiz but reversed the position by going for a submission.

Sonnen looked to lock up a D’Arce choke, before switching to guillotine choke.  Unfortunately for Sonnen, Ortiz had half-guard positioning on him, making it much harder for him to be able to finished the choke.  Ortiz waited it out before Sonnen let go of his grip.

Ortiz then quickly moved from half-guard to full-mount.  The UFC Hall of Famer started landing some ground and pound before Sonnen rolled over on his stomach.  He then locked up the rear-naked-choke forcing Sonnen to tap with 2:03 left in the first round.


After the decision was read, the 41-year-old Ortiz had his son Jacob leave his gloves in the center of the cage.  Ortiz won’t be fighting anymore, but he may work behind the scenes for Bellator.

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As for Sonnen, this was his first fight in over three years.  Sonnen, 39, has expressed his desire to fight Wanderlei Silva in his next fight.  If you want to hear more of Sonnen, but don’t want to wait until his next fight, Sonnen has his own podcast called “You’re Welcome” and is also a contestant on this season on The Celebrity Apprentice.

In the co-main event on the card, heavy hitter Paul Daley (39-14-2) took on Brennan Ward (14-5).  Both men agreed to keep the fight standing, but Ward went in for a takedown early in the fight.

It was clear Ward wanted no part of Daley, who has 29 knockouts in his career.  Ward landed two takedowns in the first minute and a half of the fight.  Daley did a good job not taking any damage while on bottom and was able to get back to his feet.

After getting up from the second takedown, Daley was able to separate and as he did, he threw a spinning elbow that stunned Ward.  Daley didn’t allow Ward much time to recover, coming right in with a flying-knee, knocking Ward out cold 2:27 into the fight.


After the fight, Daley called out former UFC number-one contender and Bellator newcomer, Rory McDonald.



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