Are You Ready for Tito Ortiz vs Stephan Bonnar?

Published on September 8th, 2014 5:16 pm EST

When former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker was hired to be the new leader of Bellator, many people expected that he would veer away from some of the silliness that invaded Bjorn Rebney's Bellator. Those thoughts were quickly put to rest this past Friday following a bizarre fight announcement that involved Stephan Bonnar and Tito Ortiz.

Let's set the stage here for a second - Stephan Bonnar was recently granted his release from the UFC so that he could sign with Bellator. Bonnar immediately went after Tito Ortiz on Twitter and requested a fight with the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion. Bonnar also revealed that he had been given Dana White's "blessing" to "beat up" Tito Ortiz.

During Bellator 123 this past Friday night, Stephan Bonnar "confronted" Ortiz as part of an announcement for their planned November 15th tilt. Following an introduction from Coker, Bonnar took to the microphone and proceeded to insult Ortiz, even bringing up his past relationship with Jenna Jameson. Even more bizarrely, Bonnar revealed that identity of a masked man that was standing beside him - former Ortiz training partner Justin McCully, who apparently has some sort of a "beef" with Ortiz as well. The "stand-off" ended with Ortiz lunging at Bonnar.

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So, at the end of the day, the fight announcement has been made, albeit in a bizarre fashion - Tito Ortiz will square off against Stephan Bonnar on November 15th. Presumably Ortiz/Bonnar will be the main event.

Many people were split on what occurred on Friday night - was this just enjoyable (and fairly obviously staged) theater or does the WWE-style promo between Ortiz and Bonnar sully the reputation of a sport that is still trying to gain legitimacy? UFC President Dana White has often said that he doesn't want to "blur the lines" between the UFC and WWE, and this "incident" between Bonnar and Ortiz certainly doesn't help.

On the other hand, people can easily make the argument that the UFC has turned into more of a circus itself lately (see the recent incidents involving Jon Jones and Jose Aldo).

What do you think?


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