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Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz stunned Chael Sonnen Saturday night, choking out the former UFC title contender in the main event of Bellator 170.

Ortiz locked up a choke from the mount early in the first round. The former UFC champion had said before that this would be his final fight.

Sonnen was making his Bellator debut after serving a lengthy suspension for taking banned substances while with the UFC.

Paul Daley stole the show, as “Semtex” connected with a violent flying knee on Brennan Ward in the co-main event. Daley’s shot landed at the 2:27 mark, and Ward was stretched out of the cage.

Officials did confirm that Ward was responsive and moving before being transported to a local hospital.

Hisaki Kato earned a decision over Ralek Gracie, Emmanuel Sanchez did the same vs. Georgi Karakhanyan and Derek Campos kicked off the main card with a decision over Derek Anderson.

Complete results are below:

Tito Ortiz def. Chael Sonnen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:03 of Round 1

Paul Daley def. Brennan Ward via KO (flying knee) at 2:27 of Round 1

Hisaki Kato def. Ralek Gracie via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Emmanuel Sanchez def. Georgi Karakhanyan via majority decision (28-28, 28-27, 28-27)

Derek Campos def. Derek Anderson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Guilherme Vasconcelos def. John Mercurio via KO (strike) at :41 of Round 2

Kevin Casey vs. Keith Berry was declared a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

Alex Soto def. DeMarcus Brown via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Chinzo Machida def. Jamar Ocampo via TKO (strikes) at 3:48 of Round 3

Jalin Turner def. Gabriel Green via KO (strike) at :36 of Round 1

Jack May def. Dave Cryer via TKO (strikes) at :41 of Round 1

Danial Rodriguez def. Christian Gonzalez via TKO (strikes) at 3:55 of Round 2

Henry Corrales def. Cody Bollinger via KO (strike) at 4:28 of Round 3

UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt didn’t hold back anything during a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight.”

Garbrandt talked about the opportunity to coach on The Ultimate Fighter 25, opposing coach – and future opponent – TJ Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz.

Cody Garbrandt on being a coach for THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: “I’m excited and honored to come in here and see how I am as a coach and change these guys’ lives.”

Cody Garbrandt on what will be different with this season: “The storylines and the excitement between me and TJ. These guys have been here before and are battling back. The fighters want to prove they belong back on the big show.”

Cody Garbrandt on fighting former teammate TJ Dillashaw instead of a rematch with Dominick Cruz: “I have respect for Dominick, but I whooped on you, I clowned you. There’s a new hit list. TJ is next, then Jose Aldo and then Conor McGregor. I know what it’s going to be like with TJ because we’ve trained together.”

Cody Garbrandt on if he’s worried about Dillashaw: “The way he fights is the same way he spars in training. He’s going to go out there and try kill you. I was whopping on him when he was there. It’ll be great to set tell the truth and tell the story of how it really went down in training.”

Tito Ortiz

This Saturday night on Spike, former UFC champion Tito Ortiz will meet Chael Sonnen in the main event of Bellator 170.

The card takes place from Los Angeles and The Forum.

Ortiz and Sonnen have met just once before, with Sonnen claiming victory on the wrestling mat. Their paths never crossed despite spending several years together in the UFC.

Along with that light heavyweight bout, Paul Daley meets Brennan Ward, Ralek Gracie faces Hisaki Kato, Georgi Karakhanyan battles Emmanuel Sanchez and Derek Campos squares off against Derek Anderson.

MAIN CARD (Spike)

Light Heavyweight: Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen

Welterweight: Paul Daley vs. Brennan Ward

Middleweight: Ralek Gracie vs. Hisaki Kato

Featherweight: Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Emmanuel Sanchez

Lightweight: Derek Campos vs. Derek Anderson

PRELIMINARY CARD

Featherweight: Chinzo Machida vs. Jamar Ocampo

Heavyweight: Jack May vs. Dave Cryer

Featherweight: Henry Corrales vs. Cody Bollinger

Middleweight: Kevin Casey vs. Keith Berry

Welterweight: Guilherme Vasconcelos vs. John Mercurio

Welterweight: Gabriel Green vs. Jalin Turner

Catchweight: Christian Gonzalez vs. Daniel Rodriguez

Lightweight: Jacob Rosales vs. Ian Butler

Welterweight: Johnny Cisneros vs. Curtis Millender

Lightweight: Mike Segura vs. Tommy Aaron

Bantamweight: Rob Gooch vs. James Barnes

Female Flyweight: Rebecca Ruth vs. Colleen Schneider

yair rodriguez

The Octagon set up shop for a special Sunday night event in Phoenix with UFC Fight Night 103.

Yair Rodriguez earned the biggest win of his career in the headline bout, as the former Ultimate Fighter: Latin America winner finished BJ Penn in the second round.

Rodriguez showed off his incredible offense in the first five minutes, connecting on several quick kicks. Moments into the second, he floored the former UFC champion and pounced, ending the fight in emphatic fashion.

The co-main event featured two submission wizards in Joe Lauzon and Marcin Held. After 15 minutes of action, the judges ruled it in favor of Lauzon via split decision, handing him his 27th career win. For Held, a former Bellator title contender, he fell to 0-2 since signing with the promotion.

Ben Saunders earned his second consecutive win with a decision over Court McGee. Saunders has now gone 5-1 since returning to the UFC back in 2014.

Youngster Sergio Pettis came into Phoenix and upset the masses, earning a decision over John Moraga in a flyweight affair. Pettis, just 23 years old, improved to 15-2 overall with the win and 6-2 with the UFC.

On the FS1 prelims, Drakkar Klose scored a decision victory over Devin Powell, while Augusto Mendes claimed a split decision vs. Frankie Saenz.

Oleksiy Oliynyk submitted Viktor Pesta in a heavyweight affair, locking up an Ezekiel choke in the first round, and Tony Martin bested Alex White.

The UFC Fight Pass prelims featured four finishes, including a third round submission by Nina Ansaroff vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger. Ansaroff, the girlfriend of reigning UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes ended the fight with a rear-naked choke.

Walt Harris stopped Chase Sherman in the second round, Joachim Christensen did the same to Bojan Mihajlovic in the third and Cyril Asker finished Dmitri Smoliakov in the opening round.

Results are below:

Yair Rodriguez def. BJ Penn via TKO (strikes) at :24 of Round 2

Joe Lauzon def. Marcin Held via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

Ben Saunders def. Court McGee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Sergio Pettis def. John Moraga via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Drakkar Klose def. Devin Powell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Augusto Mendes def. Frankie Saenz via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Oleksiy Oliynyk def. Viktor Pesta via submission (Ezekiel choke) at 2:57 of Round 1

Tony Martin def. Alex White via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Nina Ansaroff def. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:39 of Round 3

Walt Harris def. Chase Sherman via KO (knee) at 2:41 of Round 2

Joachim Christensen def. Bojan Mihajlovic via TKO (strikes) at 2:05 of Round 3

Cyril Asker def. Dmitiri Smolkiakov via TKO (strikes) at 2:41 of Round 1

bellator 174

Bellator MMA made it official, as Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd will square off at Bellator 174 for the inaugural female featherweight title.

The event takes place March 3 from the Winstar World Casino Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma and airs live on Spike.

Below is a press release:

Two of the best women’s featherweights in the world, Marloes Coenen (23-7) and Julia Budd (9-2), will meet on March 3 to determine the undisputed 145-pound champion inside WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, OK.

“Bellator 174: Coenen vs. Budd” will be broadcast live and free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, January 13 and can be purchased at the WinStar World Casino & Resort Box Office, as well as Ticketmaster and Bellator.com. Additional contests will be announced in coming weeks.

Coenen strung together a remarkable start to her professional career, recording victories in each of her first eight bouts and 13 of her first 14. The Dutch submission specialist has since continued along her impressive path, tallying 23 career wins, including 20 finishes. Now, the 35-year-old will look to build off of a pair of victories under the Bellator MMA banner and bring home the first ever Bellator MMA Women’s Featherweight World Title, adding to a mantel that already includes a Strikeforce Bantamweight Title. With 30 career fights under her belt, the most glaring advantage for “Rumina” will be her experience, as her opponent comes in having made only 11 professional appearances inside the cage.

Budd enters the contest on March 3 riding a seven-fight winning streak and has recorded victories in each of her first three fights under the direction of Bellator MMA. The former Strikeforce competitior has surrendered just two losses over her seven-year career, one at the hands of former Strikeforce Champion Ronda Rousey and one to the current UFC bantamweight world champion, Amanda Nunes. The 33-year-old Canadian has not suffered a defeat since 2011, making her one of the most prolific athletes in Bellator MMA’s 145-pound division. “The Jewel” will be in search of her first career world title, while looking to prevent the former Strikeforce world champion from collecting her second.

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