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Tito Ortiz refuses to fight 'weak' Chael Sonnen in November: I'm calling the shots, not him

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen has abandoned his mixed martial arts (MMA) post under the WME-IMG banner and instead opted for greener pastures in Bellator MMA.

More on that surprise signing here.

"The American Gangster" promised to wreck anyone and everyone willing to compete this November. That includes former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz. Unfortunately for Sonnen, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" did not share his grand vision.

From Submission Radio:

"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 17th 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 has not competed since his submission loss to Liam McGeary at Bellator 142.

That said, his year on the sidelines still makes him a more active fighter than Sonnen, who hasn't seen the inside of a cage since getting turned inside out by Rashad Evans roughly three years back. The 39-year-old "American Gangster" is expected to make his Spike TV debut in November.

I guess it won't be against Ortiz.

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