Ryan Bader Says He'd Accept Rematch Against Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz submits Ryan Bader at UFC 132 - Photo Credit: UFC

Tito Ortiz submits Ryan Bader at UFC 132 - Photo Credit: UFC

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:

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