The verbal fireworks escalated between Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen tonight on the Bellator 162 broadcast. They are scheduled to fight Jan. 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, Calif. at the Forum. They appeared on a split screen before the main event.
Chael Sonnen opened with this rehearsed, prepared teardown of Tito: “Well, Mr. TV announcer I think you got that right. January 21st, the Bad Boy versus the Bad Guy. It’s been 20 years in the waiting. Tito’s Car just got repossessed a week ago. Tito has a Rolls Royce. Now, in fairness, that’s a beautiful car. I wouldn’t own one because I’m not that big of a prick, but it just got repossessed. Unfortunately he couldn’t get this match before. I heard he tried to sell some suits to make due on the car, but no one had a size 52 stupid.”
Tito Ortiz was asked what he had to say in response. He replied: “Check my Instagram @TitoOrtiz99. All I hear is gas coming out of his ass, and it’s not his butt.”
Tito then said Sonnen has been dominated by Hall of Famers and World Champions, and it’ll happen again. He said he finally “has the balls” to step up to 205 pounds. “On January 21st, Chael Sonnen is going to feel what Tito Ortiz feels like and, you know what, it’s going to be painful.”
Sonnen said Tito was the World Champion when his father passed away, and he made one final promise to him on his death bed. He said he’d beat Tito and become a World Champion. He said it’s the one promise he hasn’t fulfilled, but that changes on Jan. 21.
Tito held up a juice box and crushed it and said Chael will get smashed on Jan. 21. “That’s the way I do inside the cage, kicking ass and taking names. And Chael Sonnen, you’re next.”
Keller’s Analysis: Beyond cheesy. Tito was awful there. Cliches and bad syntax, he just looked uncomfortable, but also unaware of how bad his lines were. Worst of all, they looked at each other like the kids and parents did on the opening of the “Brady Bunch.” They pretended they were sitting next to each other, even though they had completely different backdrops and were on a split screen with frames around each of them. I mean, Chael’s schtick is what it is, and he’s good at it, but everything else about that was just embarrassing.