ByElias Cepeda, writer at
Elias Cepeda

Former longtime light heavyweight world champion Tito Ortiz fights this Saturday in a Bellator main event grudge match against Chael Sonnen. The fight may very well be Ortiz's last after a long and accomplished career, but his coach Jason Parillo says that "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" is in as good shape as he's ever been, even as a younger man.

"Tito is in tremendous shape. He's been training for three months, now. He's in maybe the best shape I've ever seen him," Parillo told The Extra Rounds podcast, recently.

"I see him really eating up ."

Sonnen has disparaged Ortiz's abilities, and the two even have a competitive history with one another. Back in college Sonnen pinned Ortiz quickly in a wrestling match.

They meet now, two decades later, under a much different rule-set and Ortiz's longtime boxing coach is confident that will put everything together in an overwhelming way this weekend.

"That's the goal," he continued.

"Fights go the way they do but I don't see how Chael wins. Chael is going to have a very long night in front of him.

Ortiz has won two out of his last three fights, but lost his last outing by submission to then Bellator champ Liam McGeary in September of 2015. With Tito and his coaches insisting that he's healthy and motivated, and with Sonnen providing plenty of personal insults leading up to the contest, we're certain that the notoriously volatile Ortiz will have a head full of steam this weekend when the cage door closes.


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