At the Bellator 123 event, CEO of the organization Scott Coker unveiled a major announcement bringing two UFC Hall of Famers into the cage to unveil that a fight is to take place between the pair at Bellator 131. “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar (15-8) was then officially set to take on “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (17-11-1), but then things got weird.
Bonnar brought in a visual aid that he began to hype up and use to keep Ortiz confused until Stephan decided the trash talking had to end. The aid being a masked man that Bonnar said “Tito had let down just like he lets his fans and everyone close to him down.” The man turned out to be Tito’s former training partner, friend and former UFC heavyweight competitor Justin McCully (11-5-1).
Tito then called the pair out and a shoving match ensued. Not much was said from Ortiz following the affair but this past Monday on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour, the Bad Boy shared his take of the events that transpired.
“It’s a double-edged sword,” said Ortiz on the MMA Hour. “It helped, and it didn’t help. Helped to sell the fight, 10 days after we’re still talking about it. A lot of fans, maybe they didn’t like it because of the pro wrestling side of it, I didn’t like it, The fact of him talking about my family, I didn’t like it. Like I said, it’s a double-edged sword.”
“The only thing I knew was that we were going to get in the cage, and we were going to get into a faceoff for the fight. Do a pre-fight thing and that was it. I’ve seen some guy with a mask was with him, and, I don’t know. It just kind of caught me off guard I was like ‘who’s this guy.’ Then I was like, OK, he must think I’m going to smack him or something. He’s got security with him.”
“He stepped into the cage. And he started talking and he started saying something about my family and he started talking about the fans and all of a sudden I just blinked and I’m seeing red.”
“He started talking smack saying I need money to pay for my family because my chick took all my money or my ex-chick took all my money. You don’t say s– like that, dude. Seriously. All the same, none of it was true for one. You’re saying lies about a person you don’t even know about. And it ticked me off.”
“[Bonnar] saying Dana [White] is going to release him to kick my ass, I was just like ‘excuse me? Who are you, dude? What fights have you won? You’re known worldwide for getting your ass kicked, and for him to say the things he said about me?” … then when I heard he was coming to Bellator, it was, OK, cool. How do I get this fight? What do I have to do to get this together?” And it got done, and he continued on.”.
“He needs as much ammo as possible, because that’s only way he’s going to win the argument side of it. He’s going to say as many lies as he can and keep talking the talk, because when it comes to Nov. 15, he has to get in the cage with me. It’s nobody else beside himself. No Gimp behind him, no training partners behind him, there’s nobody besides himself. He’s the one that’s going to stand in front of me when it comes to getting punched and kneed in the face. That’s what he’s in for. I’ll sit back and let him talk his talk, and get as much hype and notoriety and just talking.”