The main event of Bellator 170 between Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen had everyone talking about it for days, unfortunately, the majority of the buzz was for all the wrong reasons. To the eyes of many fans and fighters the fight was fixed, or at the very least suspicious.
First, because there are theories that indicate that Tito Ortiz actually tapped before Chael did one minute later to end the fight and send Tito into the sunset with one last win. You can see the evidence in the video below, the first 30 seconds are more than sufficient. Second, because this week Chael Sonnen decided it was time to speak up:
“Tito tapped in that fight. I knew Tito tapped when he tapped. I heard Tito verbally tap and I’ve never said a word about it, privately to Tito at the press conference or to you guys. I never said anything and the reason is, first off, when you lose, you just take your loss. It’s not a tap if the referee doesn’t call it a tap so therefore, Tito didn’t tap. I thought he tapped, and I let a move go. He verbally tapped, and I never said anything about it and the reason was, he quit the sport five seconds later. He quit the sport five seconds after I tapped and he quit the sport a minute and five seconds after he tapped. There was no rematch. There was nothing to build and no reason to tell the real story.”