“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” and “The Bad Guy” are headed to Inglewood. On Tuesday, it was announced Tito Ortiz (pictured) will welcome Chael Sonnen to Bellator MMA on January 21 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Ortiz, who is likely entering the last fight of his illustrious 19-year MMA career, hasn’t been seen since getting submitted by Bellator lightweight champion Liam McGeary in September 2015. After losing seven of his last nine fights in the UFC, the 41-year-old Ortiz found early success against lesser competition in Bellator by winning his first two bouts before tapping to McGeary in the opening round.
Sonnen, arguably the biggest PED abuser in MMA history, came out of retirement last month and promptly started antagonizing Ortiz. Sonnen, now 39, owns a 28-14-1 professional record.
He’s dropped three of his past four fights, with his most recent outing resulting in a landslide TKO defeat to Rashad Evans at UFC 167 in November 2013.
Sonnen has flunked multiple drug tests for a variety of substances, including testosterone, Anastrozole, Clomiphene, human chorionic gonadotropin, human growth hormone (HGH), recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) and hCG.
Spike TV will broadcast the main card.
No other bouts have been announced for the line.