Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen Bellator 170 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 1/21/17
Sonnen vs. Ortiz
Bellator: Sunday, January 21, 2017 (The Forum)
The Line: Sonnen -155 / Ortiz +135 -- Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen fight late Saturday night during Bellator 170 at The Forum.
Tito Ortiz enters this fight with a 18-12-1 record and has won 44 percent of his fights by knockout. Ortiz has lost seven of his last 10 fights and is coming off a 2015 loss to Liam McGeary. Ortiz simply hasn’t looked good the last decade and has had his focus on other things such as acting, professional wrestling and other businesses. Still, Ortiz can’t leave MMA alone despite being 41 years old and coming out of retirment multiple times. When in good form, Ortiz is a very respectable fighter who is a polished wrestler with the ability to finish and solid striking power that’s produced eight knockout victories. Ortiz is one of the pioneers of the sport and should be respected despite his struggles over the years. However, his age, current form and time out of the ting makes you question Ortiz in this fight. This will be Ortiz’s seventh fight in California, his home state.
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Chael Sonnen enters this fight with a 28-14-1 record and has won 57 percent of his fights by decision. Sonnen has split his last eight fights and is coming off a 2013 loss to Rashad Evans. Sonnen was hit or miss the last time we saw him in the octagon, but that was four years ago when he was suspended due to failed drug tests. After trying several different gigs to pass the time, Sonnen signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA and will try to prove he’s still got it at nearly 40 years old. In his younger days, Sonnen had the ability to finish fights but would win mostly by clinching and wearing down his opponent. After being out of the sport for so long, it’ll be interesting to see how much has changed with the aging Sonnen. This will be Sonnen’s ninth fight in California.
We have two fighters clearly past their prime who have tested the waters in other fields and are looking for one last hoorah. Good luck trying to pick a winner between these two guys. If I had to pick, I’d side with Ortiz and the plus money based on the value. Ortiz has been in the octagon rather recently compared to Sonnen, is the bigger fighter and should be the crowd favorite considering this fight is in California. There’s no reason to pay extra juice with two guys in their 40s and who haven’t fought in quite some time.
If you’re an action junky who has to bet on this fight, I’d take Ortiz based on the value of the plus money.