Chael Sonnen can really build up interest in his fights. The MMA veteran who’s known for his talking and getting under opponent’s skin did it again in the build up to his bout with Tito Ortiz at Bellator 170 on Saturday in California.
Sonnen (29-14-1) and Ortiz (18-12-1) will headline the card on Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV. The two have been going back and forth in the press leading up to the bout, which peaked at Thursday’s press conference. Sonnen called out Ortiz and his relationship with Jenna Jameson. The two bickered for the rest of the presser but not before Sonnen could deliver another dig at Ortiz.
“This show is free on Spike TV,” Sonnen said. “That means everyone can afford it — except for Tito. Because he’s broke. Get it?”
Sonnen hasn’t fought competitively since November 2013 when he lost via TKO to Rashad Evans. He’s 1-3 in his last four bouts. Ortiz, though, is 2-1 since signing with Bellator in 2014. He lost his most recent bout with Liam McGeary for the light heavyweight title.
Here’s the rest of the card including some odds from Bravada.
|Bellator 170 card|
|Chael Sonnen (-205)||Tito Ortiz (+165)||Light heavyweight|
|Paul Daley (-120)||Brennan Ward (-110)||Welterweight|
|Hisaki Kato (-315)||Ralek Gracie (+245)||Middleweight|
|Georgi Karakhanyan (-125)||Emmanuel Sanchez (-105)||Featherweight|
|Derek Anderson (-230)||Derek Campos (+180)||Lightweight|
The main card begins at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV. You can stream the preliminary card on Bellator.com and the Bellator mobile app beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Here’s the weigh-in clip!