Bellator 131: Tito Ortiz to Face Stephan Bonnar, Michael Chandler to Rematch Will Brooks
By FCF Staff
On the same day Bellator held it’s 123rd event in Uncasville, Connecticut, the promotion has confirmed two high profile fights for its 131st card on November 15th.
Bellator has announced that Tito Ortiz will fight fellow UFC vet Stephan Bonnar at the event, and that Will Brooks will rematch Michael Chandler for the vacant lightweight belt.
“This fight is as personal as it gets,” the light-heavyweight Ortiz said in a press release from the promotion. “I don’t dislike many people but I can honestly say I hate Stephan Bonnar. I’m not just going to beat Bonnar, I’m going to torture him. This fight is for my fans and the MMA world. Stephan Bonnar is a phony and I’m going to show the world he isn’t on the same level of a fighter as I am. The Huntington Beach Bad Boy is back for this fight because #BitchBoy Bonnar is getting a bad beating from me.”
“It’s a great honor to fight a former world champion and a true legend of the sport like Tito, his skills and accomplishments cannot be denied,” Bonnar said. “Unfortunately, his character certainly can. This is a guy, Tito Ortiz, who’s screwed over everyone that has supported and helped him throughout his career, and I have no mercy for a selfish, self-absorbed guy like Tito. I’m not going in there just to hit him on the chin and be done. That’s not what this fight is about. He’s going to suffer, I’m going to savor every minute I have in there with him. I’m going to close his eyes, punish his body, then take a step back, so I can do it some more.”
Brooks scored a split decision win over Chandler in May to secure the promotion’s interim title, but since then, now former champ Eddie Alvarez has signed with the UFC.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to fight Will again,” Chandler said. “I believe I’m the better fighter than I showed last time and I look forward to getting my belt back in front of a huge San Diego crowd.”
“I can’t wait to fight Chandler again and continue to progress from the last fight, Brooks said. “I feel that I found a weakness in his armor with the last fight, and came very close to breaking through and finishing him. I’m going to push him again, this time I’m going to break him, there will be no trilogy fight between Chandler and I. I’m going to finish what I started the first fight and expose him for what he is, a one dimensional fighter.”
Bellator 131 will be hosted by San Diego’s Valley View Casino Arena and the main card will be broadcast on SPIKE TV.