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UFC legend says Bitter Rival is coming out of retirement for a rematch

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UFC legend Tito Ortiz has confirmed he will face longtime opponent Chael Sonnen in a rematch next year.

Ortiz and Sonnen have said goodbye to their days as professional mixed martial arts competitors and continue to trade verbal slaps at each other.

Ortiz had tried to reignite their feud to lure Sonnen out of retirement. On August 15, The Huntington Beach Bad Boy took his place Twitter to challenge his opponent, invoking an old promise Sonnen made to his father to beat Ortiz and become the champion before his death.

“@ChaelSonnen don’t be afraid homie,” Ortiz said. “Now is your chance to keep your promise to your father. #Ortizvscheal2.”

He continued his pursuit of suns, but to no avail. Despite responding to Ortiz, Sonnen didn’t provide a straight answer about the potential opportunity, opting to roast him instead.

During an appearance on The Adam Corolla Show, Ortiz confirmed that he will face Sonnen in a rematch in February 2023 as part of the newly formed Freedom Fight Night promotion.

“At the beginning of February I will compete one last time,” said Ortiz. “Tito Ortiz vs Chael Sonnen number two will be for Freedom Fight Night. I’m excited. It will be in mixed martial arts, not boxing, and at 205 pounds.”

Ortiz was last seen in action against legendary mixed martial artist and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a boxing match that “The Spider” won with a vicious knockout. The 47-year-old California native will be making his comeback to MMA after a three-year hiatus, with his most recent appearance being a win over Alberto Rodriguez in December 2019.

Sonnen has not yet responded to Ortiz’s comments supporting the matchup.

The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion enjoyed a successful career after launching his professional mixed martial arts career under the banner in May 1997. Ortiz competed for the organization for over 15 years before leaving the UFC, where he lost eight of his last nine appearances to a single win over Ryan Bader. He had spun, which caused him to go on a three-fight losing streak.

After retiring from the UFC, Ortiz joined Bellator where he shared a fierce rivalry with Sonnen. “The American Gangster” infuriated Ortiz with his signature trash talk and made for some entertaining highlights.

The two got a chance to settle their differences in the Octagon at Bellator 170 in January 2017. Ortiz managed to win the contest with a first-round finish of Sonnen by Submission. In a hilarious post-fight analysis, Sonnen jokingly claimed Ortiz verbally tapped and argued that another fight would not have a similar outcome.

“And yes, we are one. I never got started. The guy is easy work for me. I’d put this guy down in less than two minutes,” Sonnen said via MMA Fighting. “It would be a very different fight. It bothers me. It bothers me to come here and say that in two minutes I’ll clean up a guy who just kicked me out. I know how crazy that sounds, but the guy was gone.”

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