Tito Ortiz is willing to step inside the Bellator MMA cage opposite Chael Sonnen.
It just has to be on his terms.
Ortiz appeared on a recent edition of “Submission Radio” to discuss the proposed November fight between he and Sonnen, Bellator’s recent signing.
“Whoa, hold on a second. Chael calling me out on November 2nd? I’m the one who calls the shots, not him! We’ll fight in January. We’re not going to fight in November. I’m gonna give him some time to get used to being at his weight, off of steroids, so he can train through that time. November 17 is not happening. I’m calling the shots, not Chael Sonnen. Yeah he talks well, yeah he does his thing, but no, this is my weight class. I’m the one who calls the shots. Tito Ortiz is gonna call the shots,” Ortiz said. “Saturday 21st. Look here, you’re helping me making dates. Sounds great to me.
“We can do better than that – let’s make it in California, that way so we know he comes in clean. The drug testing in California is by far the best in the world, besides the Olympics. Let’s do it in California. That would be great.”
Sonnen stated during a recent interview that he faces a possible $500,000 fine from Bellator if he fails a drug test. The former UFC title contender entered into retirement following a failed drug test while signed with the UFC.
“If he made three mistakes, it’s going to cost him $500,000 dollars, and that shouldn’t be good. So let’s see Chael as someone who’s not all juiced up, someone who’s not hard from the testosterone therapy he was using, or even the steroids, every type of steroids he was using. But I’m gonna cancel those out and not even think about those, because I get to fight the real Chael Sonnen. I’m not gonna fight a juiced up Chael Sonnen, I’m gonna fight a Chael Sonnen that’s off the stuff,” Ortiz said. “So I’m excited because we’re fighting on an even playing field and, you know, how much weaker he’s gonna be, how soft he’s gonna be, it just he depends on it. I’m a monster when I get in the cage. I don’t use testosterone, I don’t use any of that type of stuff to make me stronger. I’ve been strong since I’ve been a freshman in high school, when I started wrestling and it hasn’t changed over the last 25 years. My strength just gets stronger and stronger and stronger. It’s because I push myself in training. I don’t need no extra supplements to do that, because it just shows a sign of weakness and shows how weak Chael really is. Yes, he talks well, but when he gets in the cage and fights and he doesn’t have those supplements, is he going to be a weak person? I believe he will be.”