Retired Bellator fighter and UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz admitted that he held his rear naked choke for too long when he tapped out Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170.
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“When he was tapping, I thought he was trying to grab my hands, but I kind of held on to it because I have ill will towards him,” Tito told reporters at the Bellator 170 post-fight press conference. “But that’s just me. When someone talks **** about my family, when someone talks about my character, I have bad will towards that person. And I’ve never done it like that before. But it was just something in my mind saying if I let go and they stop and they restart it again, I ain’t going to let this happen. But I apologize to the Athletic Commission for holding on a little longer, but I did hold on to it longer.”
As this is a first-time offense, it is highly unlikely anyone – be it NSAC or Bellator – will take any action against him.
Besides, what could they do? He’s retired.