Bellator 180: “Sonnen vs. Silva” took place this past weekend (Sat., June 24, 2017) at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., featuring the long-awaited pay-per-view (PPV) main event during which Chael Sonnen defeated Wanderlei Silva, out-wrestling his Brazilian rival for three straight rounds.
Meanwhile, one of Sonnen’s former opponents, Tito Ortiz, sat ringside for the fight. And it seemed Ortiz was not impressed with Sonnen’s performance. Indeed, Ortiz flipped Sonnen the bird as the fight was going on, which undoubtedly led to a little Sonnen style trash talk after his win (watch full post-fight speech here).
MMA Fighting got some additional comments from Sonnen after the PPV:
“Tito is a really bizarre guy, you know? I just lost to him. You never rub a guy's face in it. You just don't do that. I'm getting ready to fight and Tito is flipping me off and yelling terrible things at me, I just thought it was really bizarre.”
Sonnen may think Ortiz is crazy because every time he looks around, “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” is in his face. Nevertheless, a nonplussed Sonnen says his antics don’t matter. In fact, he’d rather give the performance of the night to Douglas Lima for his successful successful title defense.
“[The night belonged] to one guy, and that is Douglas Lima. He's been a Bellator highlight reel for years. He has been disrespected, if you understand how good Lorenz Larkin is — and I do. The message of [the night] for me as a fan, is Lima vs. [Rory] MacDonald ... that is the one thing that came out of [the night].”
However, that didn’t stop Sonnen from calling out “The Last Emperor” for a future fight, though.
“I respect Fedor, that was my way of pulling him back up. That match that he had could have gone either way. Mitrione is a rough son of a bitch and people don't understand that. We had a double knockdown and Fedor had recovered and Mitrione was recovered and all sorts of a mess was out there. I want to make it clear I respect Fedor, but I think that he and I are going to cross sooner or later.”
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