Just when you thought gangsters no longer exist, Chael Sonnen proves you wrong.
Pablo Escobar, Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly–these are names of real-life gangsters whose legacies are shrouded in infamy. You can add another name to that list: Mr. Chael P. Sonnen.
Following a suspension given by the Nevada State Athletics Commission for the use of performance enhancing drugs, which resulted in his departure from the UFC, Chael Sonnen is raring to get back inside the game.
The former 3-time UFC title-challenger is ready to try out his new stomping grounds, Bellator MMA, albeit with another former UFC veteran in his sights. Ladies and gentlemen, “The American Gangster” wants to take on “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Tito Ortiz.
The two are no strangers to each other.
When Sonnen was still wrestling for the University of Oregon, he competed against Ortiz, impressively beating him within 30 seconds. Of course, this is a unique opportunity for Ortiz, one of the UFC’s most iconic light heavyweights, being able to avenge a loss from way back when, as he prepares to wrap up his MMA career.
If the fight does take place, it will be the last one on Ortiz’s Bellator MMA contract. Right now, he has no plans to renew it. A win over Sonnen could be the sweet sendoff he’d want to end his time in the cage.
“He pinned me in 30 seconds, on my birthday. But now is an opportunity for me to get my payback and get a win against him,” Ortiz said on an episode of Inside MMA.
Talks of Sonnen vs. Rory MacDonald or even heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko have surfaced, showing how in-demand and intriguing an entertainer the “gangster from West Lynn, Oregon” really is.
However, the fight between Sonnen and Ortiz absolutely needs to happen due to the sheer amount of trash-talking these two would throw out. Sonnen and Ortiz are complete masters of the mic, able to deliver the kind of promos that will put asses in seats, and then some. The verbal warfare is definitely one to look out for, as only true savants of the promotional side of the business can deliver. Even for that reason alone, fight fans should tune in.
It would be best for Bellator to get this fight signed ASAP. You never want to keep a gangster waiting.