This isn’t the first time Bellator has been accused of fixing fights…
After an iconic career in mixed martial arts, Tito Ortiz returned for his final fight last night. Appearing in the main event of Bellator 170, Ortiz faced fellow UFC vet Chael Sonnen. The fight would not make it out of the first round.
Although Sonnen managed to get some top control in the opening exchanges, Ortiz eventually sunk in a fight-ending choke. After 20 years of competing in MMA, ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ waved goodbye.
But why the controversy?
Before the dust has even settled on the Bellator 170 main event, controversial accusations arise. Multiple angles of the Ortiz vs. Sonnen fight have led to many fans questioning the legitimacy of the bout.
Looking at the following video, it appears Ortiz taps twice while in a choke attempt from Sonnen. Each time ‘The American Gangster’ changes position, until Ortiz ends up on top. Check out this video replay:
As mentioned, this wouldn’t be the first time Bellator, or even Chael Sonnen had been accused of shady business.
Bellator 170 Full Results List
Tito Ortiz def. Chael Sonnen via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:03
Paul Daley def. Brennan Ward via knockout (flying knee) – Round 1, 2:27
Hisaki Kato def. Ralek Gracie via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Emmanuel Sanchez def. Georgi Karakhanyan via majority decision (28-28, 28-27, 28-27)
Derek Campos def. Derek Anderson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Henry Corrales def. Cody Bollinger via knockout (punches) – Round 3, 4:28
Guilherme Vasconcelos def. John Mercurio via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 0:41
Keith Berry vs. Kevin Casey declared majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Alex Soto def. Demarcus Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jalin Turner def. Gabriel Green via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:36
Jack May def. Dave Cryer via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:41
Daniel Rodriguez def. Christian Gonzalez via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:55