Ryan Bader Says He'd Accept Rematch Against Tito Ortiz
Current Bellator heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader was asked Monday on ESPN’s Helwani Show if he’d be interested in giving Tito Ortiz a rematch for his light heavyweight gold. Bader responded that he would accept a fight with the former UFC champion “immediately” if it was offered.
Ortiz (20-12-1) has been lobbying on social media for rematches against Bader as well as Chael Sonnen, two fighters that Ortiz already holds victories over. He recently called a proposed match-up with Sonnen a “tune-up fight” for an eventual showdown with Bader. Ortiz is coming off of back-to-back wins over Sonnen and Chuck Liddell, most recently defeating Liddell via first-round knockout last November.
For Bader (27-5), a rematch with Ortiz would be a chance at redemption, as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was able to submit Bader in their initial meeting via first-round guillotine choke. That contest took place back at UFC 132 in July of 2011. “Darth” is currently riding a seven-fight win streak and is the only two-division champion in Bellator history.
Ryan Bader’s full conversation with Ariel Helwani on the Helwani Show is available below: