Tito Ortiz Says He Turned the Tables on Stephan Bonnar and Dana White

November 14, 2014
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When the Bellator 131 main event fight between UFC Hall of Famers Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar was first announced, Bonnar made a spectacle of it.

He and Ortiz were in the cage at Bellator 123 to announce the fight. Bonnar went off on Ortiz, tossing several disparaging remarks in the former UFC light heavyweight champion’s direction. The announcement devolved into an in-cage scuffle that left most onlookers shaking their heads.

SEE ALSO: Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar Scuffle Video

According to Tito Ortiz, it was all according to plan. Not that he intended for Bonnar to step in the cage and blast him on a personal level, dragging Ortiz’s family and fans into his trash talk. Ortiz says he did, however, plan to sucker Bonnar into fighting him under the Bellator banner, not in the UFC, as he believes was the original plan.

“Well, it really came down to a plan, an idea that I thought would work, worked perfectly,” Ortiz said on a recent edition of Knockout Radio when asked how the fight came together.

“When I first signed with Bellator, I guess Dana (White) and Bonnar kind of had an idea that if they called me out, I would come back to the UFC and fight. And this was a year ago that this happened. And I wasn’t going to let that happen.

“I wanted to fight in Bellator, so I signed with Bellator and I thought in my mind, ‘How can I get Bonnar to Bellator to finally shut him up and smash him after the things he said?’” he continued.

SEE ALSO: Listen to the Full Tito Ortiz Interview Here

“And sneakily on my side, I got (fighter manager) Dave Thomas to sign him. Dave Thomas signed him and we had to think of something to make him believe that Dave Thomas doesn’t like me, that Paul Herrera didn’t like me. Paul Herrera was going to coach him. And Stephan Bonnar bit the line, hook and sinker. He thought in his own mind that all of his guys were against me and I fooled him.”

Ortiz’s relationship with Herrera goes back a long, long way. Herrera was Ortiz’s high school wrestling coach, and he’s trained with Herrera off and on for years. Ortiz indicates that sending Herrera in to work with Bonnar was his plan all along, that it really had nothing to do with him not wanting to work with Herrera, and that it had everything to do with having an insider in Bonnar’s camp.

“And now it’s a week out from the fight. I know how his training camp went. I know the ins and outs. So he just got baited,” Ortiz said. “That’s how bad I want to cave his face in.

“I’m the king of trash talk, but at the end of the day, the person who laughs last, laughs loudest and hardest. And that’s me.”

Knockout Radio host Randy Harris asked Ortiz outright, “So this was all a setup up by you and not him?”

“Come on, how long have I been in this business? Can’t mess with me!” Ortiz declared. “This guy, when he talked trash, with him and Dana talking trash, I was like, ‘How do I get in the cage and fight him and not in the UFC?’ And I just sat back and let the strings be pulled.

“I know everything from the wrestling side of it. I know what he can and can’t do through Paul Herrera, who his training partner is. I know how much he’s been working on his takedown defense, what type of striking he’s been doing.”

Why would Ortiz do such a thing? Because Bonnar got under his skin, plain and simple.

“I don’t like this guy. He’s been talking about my family. He’s been talking about my fans,” Ortiz said. “And for him to talk about them the way he has, I had to come up for a way to get him back and this is the way to do it, and on Nov. 15 I’ll shove my elbow through his face and it’s going to be exciting.”

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  • Collideoverme

    Sad…so sad.

  • randell

    im i reading what im reading?

  • tito=pussy

    doesnt matter hell get “hurt” before he gets in that cage

  • MuayThaiFood

    How can one deny Tito’s genius? He sneakily outwitted them all…………..Muahahahaha!!!

  • HooahJuice

    He is a tool.

  • adam

    dafuq did i just read

  • John Youwer

    I have been to vegas for plenty of UFC fights and have meet a lot of fighters. None where more nice then Tito. He would actually sit and talked to you, unlike most of the fighters I have meet. Biggest a-holes where Matt Hughes and Rhonda. Sorry but she is just as big of a B in person as she is on TV. She truly thinks her poop doesn’t stink. Cant wait until she leaves the UFC.

    • al

      I would agree with u on this. love tito never liked Rhonda

    • gblob

      You got that poop comment from TUF right ? I believe the winner of the show said that about her. Forgot her name.

      • JJDNB

        To be fair to John, it’s a very old and widely used expression. Not an original from TUF

    • heretic

      Her poop cant stink too bad lol

  • truthe

    oh wow the ramblings of a crazy person convincing himself the alternative reality he’s created in his mind is actually true… nutty stuff. Bellator is making themselves look worse and worse with this crap… for shame scott coker.

    • Parental_Advisory

      How is anything Tito says or does have anything to do with Scott Coker?

      • JJDNB

        It’s the whole gimmick they have going with this fight. Bonnar coming in the cage with a masked “mysterious person” to “shake up” Tito. Then Tito pushes, or attpts to push him. Totally fake, totally wrasslin’. I’m a fan of Tito and Bonnar but this is just lame.
        Croker is the big dog there so he gets some blame too

        • Mike mckinney

          Interesting you say that. I’m not much of a rhonda fan but was sitting 1 row, and 6 seats away from her. All she did was talk with fans between every round. Pictures, hugs, autographs, whatever they wanted. Cain was right there as well, he seemed to roll his eyes worse with each request. Tito was also there with his wife and they both were really nice to to people doing what they asked. Bisbing started out nice but as the night went on got bad. I don’t think it was really him though, the girl he was there with was not not happy about the attention. My new personal favorite is hendo. I’ve seen him at fights on 3 occasions and though he’s quiet, the scenry he brings with him is top notch.

          • JJDNB

            Dude I need to go to a fight! I’ve been watching the UFC since 1995 and I’ve never been to a show 🙁

      • Rempo

        What does a cheesy pro wrestling esque storyline being greenlit and promoted by Bellator have to do with the current President of Bellator? Derp… seems like a pretty obvious connection

  • humble

    Tito your the best. Wish you the best of luck against Bonnar. Go Tito !!!

    • Tito + Mic

      He is one of the best LHWs of the night.

  • hyperbole

    What kind of WWE-inspired garbage is that? I’m not even sure I’ll tune in to this joke of a fight just because of this silly article. This is a storyline taken right from faux-wrestling. If it’s true, it goes against sportsmanship and smacks of cheating. And on another note, I’ve never actually met anyone that was a fan of Tito. Maybe ten years ago, but certainly not now. Who are these people? Do they only exist in his head?

    • Guest

      Forget these has beens on Nov 15, just tune into Werdum vs Hunt on the day 😉

  • Jacob D Gilbert

    Hahaha I love it. Go Tito

  • TheCerealKiller

    Tito sucks and he knows it. This is a fake fight.

    • blut

      The only thing fake is that thingy between your legs.

      • Seth

        Wooow…Cereal, you brought out yet another brain-dead and butt-hurt Tito fan. Nice job, bro xD

        • JJDNB

          He’s got tito’s thingy in the brain…maybe somewhere else too

        • Tito + Mic

          naw, I doubt anyone is a serious Tito fan.

          TheCereal is annoying.

          • Seth

            No, he’s not o: I don’t findh im annoying tbh o: Why you think so?

  • Rodrigo_Silva

    Am I missing something here, I thought Bonnar had retired? He hasn’t fought for 2 years, how were the UFC trying to set up a ‘retired’ fighter against a non-signed fighter under their org?

    If what Tito said is true, then where is the ‘honor’ in fighting a guy you’ve set up like that?

  • The Warrior

    Funny if Bonnar still won the fight !

    • JJDNB

      Bonnar will win lol

  • ScoobyKater

    Rumor has it that Tito has to stick a football up Jenna’s ass to keep her belly from falling out.

  • Armbar Andgrill

    Who’s Tito trying to kid? He doesn’t have the ability to even form intelligent sentences let alone pull off an elaborate plot over the course of a year lol.

    • JJDNB

      Omg you read my mind! Lol

    • Tito + Mic equals

      Tito + Mic = One of the best LHWs of the night

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    I’ll bet you Dana gives Bonnar a big old bonus check after he makes Tito look stupid.

  • Don Shipley

    What another stupid publicity stunt. Tito is seriously retarded. First of all, like the UFC was really dying to get him back and against Stephan Bonnar no less. Okay. And then now supposedly he has a mole in Bonnar’s camp. Either he’s just playing games and lying to try to create a rift in that camp or he’s making himself look like a tool for having to cheat to win. Most likely this is all just more BS trying to sell the fight cause no one cares. Him and Bonnar are probably giving each other handjobs in the sauna after workouts while they play up the “feud” in public.

  • Darin

    So, Dana White was scheming to get an old washed up fighter that he never liked back into the the UFC? Nobody believes you Tito, nobody cares.

    • Mmareality

      Reality is Tito still draws big crowds. Hate him or like him it’s all about the money.

      • Mmareality’smom

        In reality, Tito is a bigger draw and some of the more talented less well-known up and comers, but he is not a bigger draw than the top dawgs of the UFC.

        Also, with bigger draw comes bigger purse. Not sure if Tito is worth a multi-year fight contract at this point.

  • Guest

    In other words, Tito has to cheat by placing a mole in Bonnar’s camp.

    • Jack Donovan

      In other words, he full of it and trying to suck us in to watching him fight

  • Lance

    In other words, Tito admits that he has to cheat by placing a mole in Bonnar’s camp to gain an edge.

  • Billy Milchak

    Dana is worried cause most of the past ufc cards are of unknown fighters the big names are injured or can’t fight.like Tito or not a lot of people will tune in to watch him in bellator the 15th,even when the ufc has a pay per view card maybe 3 well known names are on the card the rest are unknowns an don’t get fans excited to watch.

    • DOC OCK

      Really? Completely useless comments. Dana has nothing to do with the Bellator franchise, Dana certainly is not worried about past UFC Cards, and Bellator’s Ortiz vs. Bonnar event is not going to change the Pay Per View event (UFC) sales, (already proven,) so if people tune in to see the fraud Ortiz get stomped while their PPV is going to their DVR or visa versa I guess that is what happens…. But what you are blathering on about is truly worrying, do you have a metallic taste in your mouth? Any dizziness or loss of time? Can you give me a big smile?

    • Billy Milchak

      you should actually read up on all of Dana White’s past comments that’s the reason why they bought the WEC so they would not have competition they bought Strikeforce so they would not have competition he is very much worried.the pay-per-view numbers have not been great there gate numbers at their events have not been great they’re not selling out like they used too .what do you like rampage or Tito Ortiz or not those guys are still big names I don’t really care much if they can still fight they are going to bring fans over to Bellator.

  • dandogood

    Tito married a broad who slept with over 10,000 men onXXX film. That speaks volumes about the type of dimwit Tito is. Imagine kissing Jenna on the mouth??? vomit time.