Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz really doesn’t like Stephan Bonnar.
In fact, it’s something that has been brewing between the UFC Hall of Fame fighters for almost two decades. Ortiz and Bonnar will finally settle their score in November when they meet at Bellator 131 on Spike TV.
For Ortiz, the change to take care of “The American Psycho” is something he is embracing.
“You know, talk about disliking a person my whole career. That’s 17 years. I don’t think I’ve ever hated anybody as much as I hate this person. For a person to talk about my family and to talk about my fans the way he did, I just find it very disrespectful, very childish and fake,” said Ortiz, during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “He really ticked me off a lot. I mean, he got very personal like I said, and I’m gonna take it out on him on November 15. I can’t wait.”
Ortiz called into question a pair of failed drug tests by Bonnar, who retired following a loss to Anderson Silva and subsequent test that found steroids. The former Ultimate Fighter winner also tested positive in 2006 after a loss to Forrest Griffin.
“The fact of him getting burned for steroids not once but twice. I mean the guy is a phony, the guy is a fake, the guy is, you know he’s just a cheater, and my whole career I stuck to the game plan of training hard and getting the best out of it,” Ortiz said. “How someone could be so disrespectful and have such a shitty career and be a shitty person.”
During a recent episode of Bellator MMA on Spike TV, Bonnar tried to stir things up during a face-off with the two fighters inside the cage. He brought in Justin McCully, a former training partner with Ortiz. Despite the level of intensity it created, Ortiz says he “feels sorry” for McCully.
“No. I had no clue that Justin was gonna be there, and for one; Justin actually started training with me back in 2001 or about 2002, and I treated him like a brother. You know, under my wing. I brought him to many places where he didn’t have to pay for anything. You know, private jets around literally the world, took him to Iraq with the USO, brought him along with some great opportunities to get exposure that no other fighter would have the exposure that he did, and I did have my kindness as being a friends towards him,” he said. “And then all of us a sudden this guy comes and says that I owe him something. That I owe him money or something and he’s gonna make me pay back by training Stephan Bonnar, and I come to realize that it’s just him trying to get his notoriety. It’s him trying to get a little bit of 15 seconds of fame, and I guess he got it.
“I feel sorry for the guy. To see how fake and how two-faced a person can really be. You know, zero loyalty at all, and I feel sorry for him, and I’m gonna take it out on Stephan Bonnar on November 15. Stephan Bonnar brought out a gimp. To me he’s no more than a gimp. I no longer have a friend and I think as that Justin ‘The Gimp’ McCully. I feel sorry for him as a person because I don’t see how he could have another friend at all just because of how fake he truly is.”
Many have wondered if the “brawl” between Ortiz and Bonnar was staged, along with the entire ordeal involving McCully. That is one thing the former champion wants to make sure gets put to rest right away.
“I never hated anybody as much as I hate this guy. Ken Shamrock, yeah we had hate towards each other, but you know animosity settles down. We fought it out and we shook after and now we’re good friends. There ain’t gonna be no handshakes after this fight. I ain’t gonna shake his hand, I ain’t gonna look him in his eyes, nothing. like I said, I’m just gonna beat his ass and I’m going on to get my world title fight,” he said. “No, I had no prior knowledge at all. I was like ‘what the hell is going on right now?’ I thought we were just going to do a face off and so forth and I was gonna have to slap him or something, but all of a sudden there’s some guy with a mask walking in. I’m like ‘what the hell? I was like okay, he’s got bodyguards, he knows I’m gonna put my hands on him’, and then all of a sudden he revealed the gimp and I was like ‘oh OK. Great, here we go’, and I just, like I said, the anger was built up so much I couldn’t control myself.
“I couldn’t get a sentence out right cause I was so angry, and like I said, it wasn’t staged. I don’t even know what was going to happen.”
The 39-year-old Ortiz picked up his first win since 2011 this past May when he submitted Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko in a catchweight bout. He lost three straight in the UFC prior to announcing his retirement at that time.