Arguably the biggest grudge match Bellator MMA has ever had is done, but not forgotten.
Go behind the scenes of Bellator 131 to see how Tito Ortiz reacted to his win over Stephan Bonnar.
Bellator 131 took place Nov. 15 at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. Ortiz and Bonnar, UFC Hall of Famers, headlined the card.
In the co-feature, check in with interim lightweight champion Will Brooks before his title fight rematch with Michael Chandler, then go into the locker room with him after the battle was over.
In addition, the latest “Uncut” gives you exclusive looks with Muhammed Lawal, Mike Richman and Joe Schilling before and after their fights on the main card.
Check out what Bellator’s cameras caught from the winners in the video above.
For more on Bellator 131, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.
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UFC 73 STACKED Contenders
Date: 07/07/2007 10:00 PM ET
Event Type: International Event
Location: ARCO Arena, CA
Make sure you don't miss UFC 73, featuring the dream match we’ve all been waiting for.
Nate Marquardt Vs. Anderson Silva
Hermes Franca Vs. Sean Sherk
Rashad Evans Vs. Tito Ortiz
Alvin Robinson Vs. Kenny Florian
Heath Herring Vs. Minotauro Nogueira
Mike Nickels Vs. Stephan Bonnar
Diego Saraiva Vs. Jorge Gurgel
Drew Fickett Vs. Chris Lytle
Mark Bocek Vs. Frank Edgar
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.
by Don Aguero in Mixed Martial Arts / June 6, 2017 1:36 PM PDT
The Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz rivalry may have propelled mixed martial arts into the limelight back in the 2000s, but it’s been almost a decade since the two UFC Hall of Famers last fought.
So it came as a surprise when Chuck Liddell (21-8) posted a staredown with Tito Ortiz (19-12-1) with the caption, “Why not?” Ortiz’s response was typical Tito: “@Chuckliddell because I don’t need the money. Suck that you need the money. I can lend you some cash if so.”
A post shared by Chuck Liddell (@chuckliddell) on Jun 3, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT
If Ortiz — who lost the previous two matchups with Liddell — has no intention of a trilogy fight, why did he agree to a staredown in the first place? The mind boggles.
Liddell was cut from his senior management position at the UFC after the $4 billion buyout last year, so the former light heavyweight champ is no longer tied to the promotion.
After leaving the UFC, Ortiz had a mildly successful run at Bellator before announcing his retirement earlier this year.
Liddell vs Ortiz III has the potential to finally bring the big bucks to one of the smaller promotions. Will it happen? If so, who will win? If not, who will Liddell face in his seemingly inevitable comeback? Let’s take a look at the odds!Chuck Liddell Odds Odds Liddell vs Ortiz III happens: 1/1
Liddell vs Ortiz II was the biggest event in UFC history at the time, bringing in over $5 million at the gate and raking in over a million pay-per-view buys — a huge milestone for the promotion.
There’s no doubt that a trilogy fight would see some impressive numbers. The two Hall of Famers and former champs still have some bad blood between them, and MMA fans would love to see them settle it in the cage.
The two fighters are long past their prime, though. At 47 years old, Liddell has logged a lot of miles and hasn’t fought in seven years. The 42-year-old Ortiz retired earlier this year, presumably hanging up his gloves for good this time.
Still, the two wouldn’t have posed for a showdown picture if they weren’t at least a little interested, and even though Tito says he doesn’t need the money, I don’t know many people who’d turn their nose up at six figures-plus for 15 minutes of work.Odds to win Liddell vs Ortiz III
Liddell dominated the first two fights, handing Ortiz his first career knockout in the first meeting and stopping him again in the second. Liddell was able to neutralize Ortiz’s attempts to take the fight to the ground, and his striking proved too much for the wrestler.
However, his record plummeted after the second Ortiz fight, losing five of his next six. He was put into retirement by three consecutive highlight-reel knockout losses. Liddell is now nearing 50 and has taken some brutal punishment over the years. His prior success against Tito counts for little at this point.
Ortiz, on the other hand, retired on a high earlier this year. After only winning one of his last nine UFC fights, he left the promotion and signed with Bellator. There he did reasonably well, winning his first two matches (over Alexander Shlemenko and Stephan Bonnar), earning a title shot (which he lost to Liam McGeary), and then defeating Chael Sonnen in his final fight.
It’s hard to see Liddell overcoming seven years of ring rust and two decades of wear. Ortiz may be a shell of his former self at 42 years old, but that’s still five years younger than Liddell and he’s fought in the last seven years.Odds to be Chuck Liddell’s Next Opponent:
If Tito Ortiz is unwilling to return to the octagon, then Liddell has some other options he could explore.
Chael Sonnen is always ready for a fight. The “American Gangster” still has a multi-fight contract with Bellator and a fight against Liddell would be huge compared to anything else he could hope for at the promotion. The 40-year-old is reeling after a loss to Tito Ortiz, and a win against Liddell could be just what he needs to bounce back.
Fedor Emelianenko, the greatest MMA fighter to have never fought in the UFC, also has a multi-fight deal with Bellator. If Liddell is willing to make a move to heavyweight, then this has the potential to be one of the most entertaining fights in a long time.
Former opponents Maurício “Shogun” Rua and Vitor Belfort are possibilities for a rematch. And then, if Liddell is feeling game, he could call out the recently retired “Rumble” Johnson for a good old fashioned slugfest for the ages.
September 13th, 2012
Thanks for stepping up, Stephan Bonnar (Pictured), but the Gambling Gods profess you shouldn’t even bother boarding that flight to Brazil.
According to the powers that be, Anderson Silva is an astronomical 13.5-to-1 odds-on favorite to dispose of Bonnar at UFC 153. Bonnar, meanwhile, checks in as a whopping 8.5-to-1 underdog to snap “The Spider’s” 16-fight winning streak.
This is the largest spread for a UFC main event in recent memory. Topping Silva’s line would be when welterweight king Georges St-Pierre was pegged as high as a 16-to-1 favorite in his meeting with Matt Serra at UFC 69.
Does anyone remember how that fight turned out? #UpsetSpecial
UFC 153 takes place in Silva’s backyard of Rio de Janeiro. HSBC Arena hosts the October 13th fiesta.
Here are the early wagering odds for Silva vs. Bonnar (Courtesy of BetOnFighting.com):
Stephan Bonnar +850
Anderson Silva -1350
Bet $100 on Bonnar and he’s victorious, you win $850
Bet $1,350 on Silva and he’s victorious, you win $100
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