Living with the fact that ChaelSonnen might have defeated Tito Ortiz in a college wrestling match about 20 years ago, but he doesn’t expect that historical past fight to have any impact on their fight at Bellator 170.
“I happen to be his huge fan. I’m pumped to be in there with a Hall of Famer like Tito. I will make sure I secure a victory against him, nevertheless, I don’t dismiss how good this guy is. He finished in the college before me. He wisely used his opportunities, and I am always jealous of him. I’m still convinced he has a remarkable career to run.” ChaelSonnen said.
The 39-year-old fighter, who wrestled for the University of Oregon, moved from 177 pounds to 190 pounds to face Ortiz, who competed for Cal State Bakersfield. “The Gangster from West Linn” pinned Ortiz in 44 seconds in their Jan. 23, 1998 match, a date which also happened to be Ortiz’s birthday.