Tito Ortiz had no problem admitting he held on the choke on Chael Sonnen a bit longer than he should’ve, but he had his reasons.
On Saturday night, Ortiz took on fellow former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen in the main event of Bellator 170. There was a lot on the line for Ortiz, as this was the final fight of his legendary career and his opponent had done a good amount of trash talking in the build up of the fight. When the fight began, Ortiz was able to get Sonnen’s back in the first round after taking him down and escaping a guillotine choke. It didn’t take long from there for Ortiz to sink in a rear-naked choke, and get Sonnen to tap out. However, when Sonnen tapped, the action didn’t stop there, as Ortiz didn’t let go of the choke and continued to strangle the Bellator newcomer for an extra second even after referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy signaled him to stop.
Ortiz said his animosity towards Sonnen was the reason he held on to the choke.
“When he was tapping, I thought he was trying to grab my hands, but I kind of held on to it because I have ill will towards him,” Ortiz explained at the post-fight press conference. “But that’s just me, when someone talks about my family, when someone talks about my character, I have bad will towards the person. And I’ve never done that before, but it was just something in my mind saying, if I let go and they stop it and restart it again, I couldn’t let that happen. I apologize to the athletic commission for holding on to it a little longer, but I did hold on to it longer. I just had that ill will, I felt like an animal, I felt like a lion, and this lion roared how I said I was going to. This was my fight, no matter what, this is what I was going to do.”
Sonnen, for his part, wasn’t upset by the submission.
“I tapped and he didn’t let go. I’m not upset about it. I don’t have any ill feelings towards him,” Sonnen said. “But yes did he hold the choke after I tapped? Sure.”
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