How To Bet On Tito Ortiz Swan Song Fight - Bellator 170

Tito Ortiz vs Chael Sonnen

Jason Lake

Friday, January 20, 2017 3:57 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 3:57 PM GMT

You know Bellator’s getting serious when their fights pop up on the MMA odds board. Saturday’s main event between Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz should bring some eyeballs.

There’s only one proper way to go out if you’re a fighter, and that’s on your shield. Tito Ortiz is having his “retirement” match this Saturday; he’s in the main event of Bellator 170 against Chael Sonnen, who’s making his company debut after “retiring” in 2014. Ortiz is the +145 underdog at Bovada, and his MMA odds could be even longer by the time they touch gloves at The Forum in Inglewood.

At least Ortiz will have an audience. It’s a rare off-week for the UFC, so there should be plenty of people watching SpikeTV on Saturday – they’ve got the preliminaries live starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, followed by the main card at 9:00 p.m. Bellator isn’t wasting this opportunity, either. They’ve put together a decent card in support of Sonnen-Ortiz, decent enough for Bovada and several other sportsbooks to post lines for all five matches on the main card. Welcome to the big time, Bellator.
 

Old School

Naturally, most of the attention will be on the main event. Ortiz (18-12-1 lifetime) turns 42 on Monday – or Saturday, according to some sources – and he says this will be his last fight. But it won’t be his first retirement. The former UFC Light Heavyweight champion turned in his badge after losing to Forrest Griffin (–270) at UFC 148, only to reappear in Bellator two years later. Ortiz is 2-1 for his new employers; however, his last fight was a first-round submission loss to Liam McGeary (–600) at Bellator 142.
 


That loss may have finally convinced Ortiz to hang up the gloves. He reports showing the ill-effects of suffering “over 25” concussions during his long and illustrious career. Sonnen (29-14-1 lifetime) is no spring chicken at age 39, but he should be relatively healthy after taking the past three years off following his loss to Rashad Evans (–200) at UFC 167. Granted, Sonnen was also suspended for two years after multiple failed drug tests. Maybe he’ll be less of a fighter now than he was before. Literally.

We’re still recommending Sonnen for your MMA picks. He may be something of an unknown quantity in this matchup given the layoff, but Ortiz is well past his expiry date. Bet accordingly.

Free MMA Pick: Sonnen -175Best Line Offered: at Bovada

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