Did anyone miss seeing Tito Ortiz (pictured) give Stephan Bonnar the double-bird after posting a split decision victory over his archenemy on Saturday night at Bellator 131? The California State Athletic Commission certainly saw it.
On Monday, CSAC executive director Andy Foster confirmed they fined Ortiz $2,500 for flipping his middle fingers to Bonnar. Foster cited “unsportsmanlike behavior.”
It’s not as though the penalty will hurt Ortiz much in the pocket book. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” made a reported $300,000 for merely stepping into the cage this weekend inside Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.
There was plenty of beef between the UFC Hall of Famers entering the scrap, and it was clear 15 minutes of battle wasn’t enough to settle their differences. After the final horn, Ortiz slapped on a shirt that read “His mouth wrote a check that his ass couldn’t cash.”
Ortiz controlled the slow-paced action from beginning to end. Although, while two judges awarded him with 30-27 scores, one judge inexplicably gave the fight to Bonnar with a 29-28 verdict.