Tito Ortiz Thanks Lyoto Machida For Stopping Chael Sonnen

Tito Ortiz isn’t shedding tears over Chael Sonnen’s retirement. This past Friday night (June 14), Sonnen shared the cage with Lyoto Machida. The light heavyweight scrap served as Bellator 222’s co-main event. Sonnen survived a flush f…

Tito Ortiz isn’t shedding tears over Chael Sonnen’s retirement. This past Friday night (June 14), Sonnen shared the cage with Lyoto Machida. The light heavyweight scrap served as Bellator 222’s co-main event. Sonnen survived a flush flying knee to the jaw in the opening frame, but couldn’t withstand a jumping knee in the second stanza. […]

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Lyoto Machida Speaks On Chael Sonnen’s Retirement Announcement

Lyoto Machida was all class when he discussed Chael Sonnen’s decision to retire. Machida took on Sonnen on Friday night (June 14) in the co-main event of Bellator 222. The action took place inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. “Th…

Lyoto Machida was all class when he discussed Chael Sonnen’s decision to retire. Machida took on Sonnen on Friday night (June 14) in the co-main event of Bellator 222. The action took place inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. “The Dragon” dropped Sonnen in the opening frame with a flush flying knee. Sonnen […]

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Tito Ortiz Celebrates Chael Sonnen’s Defeat To Lyoto Machida

While most of the mixed martial arts world paid tribute to Chael Sonnen following his retirement at Bellator 222, one person who was happy was former UFC champion Tito Ortiz. Sonnen suffered a TKO loss to Lyoto Machida in the co-main event on Friday night. It marked his third defeat in his last five fights, […]

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While most of the mixed martial arts world paid tribute to Chael Sonnen following his retirement at Bellator 222, one person who was happy was former UFC champion Tito Ortiz.

Sonnen suffered a TKO loss to Lyoto Machida in the co-main event on Friday night. It marked his third defeat in his last five fights, with “The American Gangster” later calling time on his career.

Tributes soon came pouring in for the former UFC star — except from Ortiz, who thanked Machida for knocking his rival out and explained why:

Thank you @lyotomachidafw !!!!! The only reason I posted this!!!” Ortiz wrote on Instagram. “Just so you people know that chale said some things about my family pre fight. I beat him and he came to my dressing room after the fight and said if we are cool? I told him to apologize at the press conference and we would be good. He didn’t.

A month after the fight he started talk sh*t about my kids. Sorry people I don’t know how you were raised but another person should not talk about a mans family. Period.

Ortiz, of course, defeated Sonnen via submission when they met at Bellator 170 in January 2017. However, things got extremely personal between them leading up to the fight, and that still remains the case going by Ortiz’s latest post.

Do you think Ortiz was right to celebrate Sonnen’s defeat and retirement or was this bad timing?

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Chael Sonnen Explains His Decision To Retire Following Bellator 222

Chael Sonnen made his mark in the sport of mixed martial arts, but now he’s stepping away from competition. Last night (June 14), Sonnen took on Lyoto Machida in the co-main event of Bellator 222. Sonnen ate a flying knee in the first round, but …

Chael Sonnen made his mark in the sport of mixed martial arts, but now he’s stepping away from competition. Last night (June 14), Sonnen took on Lyoto Machida in the co-main event of Bellator 222. Sonnen ate a flying knee in the first round, but somehow survived and made it to the second stanza. Unfortunately […]

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Chael Sonnen Explains His Decision To Retire After Bellator 222 Loss

Last night (Fri. June 14, 2019) one of the legends of mixed martial arts (MMA) decided to retire from the sport. Multi-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen announced he is done fighting after his TKO loss to Lyoto Machida in the co-main event of Bellator 222. The festivities took place from Madison Square Garden in […]

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Last night (Fri. June 14, 2019) one of the legends of mixed martial arts (MMA) decided to retire from the sport.

Multi-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen announced he is done fighting after his TKO loss to Lyoto Machida in the co-main event of Bellator 222. The festivities took place from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Following his loss to Machida, Sonnen laid his gloves down in the cage and announced he is walking away from the sport.

Speaking at the post-Bellator 222 press conference, Sonnen explained his decision to walk away after having been fighting professionally since 1997. “The Bad Guy” explained that he actually hadn’t pre-planned this before the fight. He fully expected to win before calling out Bellator light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Ryan Bader:

“No, that was – no, I didn’t have that planned,” Sonnen said. “I thought I was going to win this fight, I was going to call out Ryan Bader, everything was going my way, until it wasn’t. But I don’t regret it, it was a No. 1-contenders match, I thought it was a big opportunity, and it was. And, it’s somebody else’s turn.”

As for why he made the decision to walk away now, Sonnen said he thinks he has used up all his toughness. He also allowed Machida to get the better of him in several positions where he usually excels, positions he’d typically “walk through”:

“Well, you gotta be tough,” Sonnen said. “You gotta be tough in this sport, and I feel like I used all my toughness up. There was some positions in there that, before in my career, I’d walk right through them – and I didn’t mind losing to him in his spots, like some of the stuff on our feet, those jumping knees, and whatnot, but I did mind losing to him in my spots.

“He was on top of me, I didn’t think he’d be on top of me, I thought I could’ve scrambled, I could’ve got up. I used to be tougher, I used to want it more, I used to have grit, and I just felt like I fired my last bullet. I didn’t have that same grit, and it’s time to move on.”

Check out the full Bellator 222 post-fight press conference here below:

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Bellator 222 Results: Chael Sonnen Retires, Rory MacDonald Retains Title, More

In what was perhaps the final fight of his MMA career, Chael Sonnen fell to Lyoto Machida by second-round technical knockout at Bellator 222 from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Friday night…

In what was perhaps the final fight of his MMA career, Chael Sonnen fell to Lyoto Machida by second-round technical knockout at Bellator 222 from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Friday night…