Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz have been locked in a war of words for the past four months leading up their Bellator bout this weekend. In the midst of a marathon of trash talk, Sonnen recently took a serious and emotional detour from verbal warfare to discuss a promise he made to his late father. A promise that he would retire a champion and defeat Tito Ortiz.
It was a rare peak behind the promotional veil of "The American Gangster", but Ortiz isn't taking any breaks and thinks Sonnen is a big, fat phony.
"Nope. That's a lie from Chael. He's a compulsive liar," Ortiz said on the Pardon My Take Podcast, as transcribed by MMAMania. "The guy needs to go to rehab to stop lying. He's a compulsive liar and his father's turning over in his grave right now. He's a filthy liar. That's a lie."
This isn't really surprising. #TitoOrtiz and #ChaelSonnen have been in some of the best rivalries in MMA history. Whether Sonnen's cathartic "break in character" was genuine or not, it's Ortiz's job to target that and poke the perceived chink in his armor. It wouldn't even be a shock if he yelled this stuff outside the man's house.
"He says he's beaten legends, he says he's beaten Hall of Famers, give me one legend or one Hall of Famer he beat." Ortiz said. "I wasn't competing as the champion at the time. A wrestling match is totally different than a fight. When you're fighting for your life it's different than a wrestling match. That's a competition. This is a fight for your life. Totally different."