We ain’t scared of you, “UFC 180: Velasquez vs. Werdum” – is Bellator MMA’s mentality with Friday’s announcement.
The UFC’s biggest rival confirmed Bellator 131 will go down November 15 inside Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California, the same night UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez defends his title against Fabricio Werdum on pay-per-view.
The show is headlined by a light heavyweight grudge match with Tito Ortiz (pictured) and Stephan Bonnar. The two got into a (staged?) scuffle in the cage during tonight’s Bellator 123 event.
The brawl may have been WWE-esque, but the beef appears real.
“This fight is as personal as it gets,” Ortiz said. “I don’t dislike many people but I can honestly say I hate Stephan Bonnar. I’m not just going to beat Bonnar, I’m going to torture him. This fight is for my fans and the MMA world. Stephan Bonnar is a phony and I’m going to show the world he isn’t on the same level of a fighter as I am. The Huntington Beach Bad Boy is back for this fight because #BitchBoy Bonnar is getting a bad beating from me.”
Bonnar came out of retirement last month just to get his hands on Ortiz.
“It’s a great honor to fight a former world champion and a true legend of the sport like Tito, his skills and accomplishments cannot be denied,” Bonnar said. “Unfortunately, his character certainly can. This is a guy, Tito Ortiz, who’s screwed over everyone that has supported and helped him throughout his career, and I have no mercy for a selfish, self-absorbed guy like Tito. I’m not going in there just to hit him on the chin and be done. That’s not what this fight is about. He’s going to suffer, I’m going to savor every minute I have in there with him. I’m going to close his eyes, punish his body, then take a step back, so I can do it some more.”
A rematch between interim lightweight champion Will Brooks and Michael Chandler serves as the co-main event. The victor will capture the vacant 155-pound title now-former champ Eddie Alvarez left behind.
Brooks took a split decision victory over Chandler in May to capture the manufactured belt.
“I can’t wait to fight Chandler again and continue to progress from the last fight, Brooks said. “I feel that I found a weakness in his armor with the last fight, and came very close to breaking through and finishing him. I’m going to push him again, this time I’m going to break him, there will be no trilogy fight between Chandler and I. I’m going to finish what I started the first fight and expose him for what he is, a one dimensional fighter.”
The controversial defeat marked Chandler’s second consecutive loss after starting out his professional career a perfect 12-0.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to fight Will again,” Chandler said. “I believe I’m the better fighter than I showed last time and I look forward to getting my belt back in front of a huge San Diego crowd.”
No other bouts have been reported for the lineup.
Spike TV will broadcast the main card.