These are two of the most recognized light heavyweights in MMA, although both are well past their prime. Ortiz (18-12-1 lifetime) is 41 years old, turning 42 on Saturday, and he was 1-6 in his last seven UFC fights before making the leap to Bellator. He’s 2-1 since, but hasn’t fought since September 2015, when he suffered a first-round title loss to Liam McGeary (–600) via inverted triangle choke.
Sonnen (29-14-1 lifetime) has been out of action even longer. It’s been over three years since he was knocked out by Rashad Evans (–200) in the first round at UFC 167. But Sonnen will be the younger fighter in this match at age 39, and he was beating quality opponents like Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (–150) as recently as 2013.
MMA Odds: Sonnen vs. Ortiz at Bellator 170Two of the world’s most famous light heavyweights will meet this Saturday when Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz fight in the main event of Bellator 170. Sonnen is –175 at press time; Spike TV has the main card starting at 9 PM ET.
Both fighters are in the twilight of their careers, but Sonnen is two years younger at age 39 and was competing at the highest level in the UFC before “retiring” in 2014. Ortiz is coming off a title loss to Liam McGeary (–600) at Bellator 142. His last successful run in the Octagon ended in 2006.