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Conspiracy Theory Alert: Wait what. This video shows Tito Ortiz tapping out to Chael Sonnen?

This is interesting. Since the dawn of professional combat, after the rules were scribbled out and payments were settled with a handshake, the thoughts of “is this fight a work” also immediately popped up next. The essence of combat sports traces its roots back to fantasy versus reality.

Two humans fighting for our entertainment is too good to be true?

Which brings us thousands of years later to 2017 and Bellator 170. In the main event Tito Ortiz tapped out Chael Sonnen in under two minutes but was this storybook ending too good to be true? How often does a retiring combat sports star get a big sendoff in his final fight, win in his final fight and win very convincingly in his final fight?

Does all this add up? Maybe or maybe not according to this just released footage from a grappling sequence between Ortiz and Sonnen. Sit down, compose yourself then slowly watch Ortiz’s hand.


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Tommy Messano is a writer residing in Gilbert, Arizona who is best known for his work as a Mixed Martial Arts journalist. His work has been featured on a number of publications, including,,, the abandoned as well as his own site, (R.I.P).

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