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Bellator 170 video - Chael Sonnen: ‘I will be fighting Wanderlei Silva the next time I see him’

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Watch Bellator 170’s Chael Sonnen talk Tito Ortiz then declare Wanderlei Silva as his next opponent.

At the Bellator 170 open workouts, Chael P. Sonnen spoke to the MMA media regarding his promotional debut against Tito Ortiz this Saturday night in Los Angeles, California. Before it was all said and done, Sonnen emphatically stated that his next fight will be against “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva, whether it be sanctioned or not.

Sonnen admitted that is there has always been a bit of jealousy when it comes to Tito Ortiz:

“I wanted to be in the UFC. I wanted to be in Mixed Martial Arts; Bellator wasn’t around. Pride wasn’t around then to set a time frame for you. Tito had already been there. I stayed in college to pursue NCAA goals and Olympic aspirations. He left school, six months after I pinned him, he was the UFC world champion. He was very good. I don’t dispute his level of success, but it was not me. I beat him in the amateurs. I beat guys better than him in the practice room. I knew exactly where I stood. There was one guy that in the world that could whoop my ass, and his name was not Tito Ortiz; it was Randy Couture.”

When asked about his future plans with the Bellator promotion, Chael Sonnen told Bloody Elbow the following:

“I will be fighting Wanderlei Silva the next time I see Wanderlei Silva. I assume somebody will try to sanction that and put it in a ring. I don’t say that with any bravado, and he will tell you the same thing. If Wanderlei was here right now, I would be fighting Wanderlei right now.”

Before Sonnen can begin to focus on a potential match with Wanderlei Silva, he will have his hands full in his Bellator debut against MMA legend Tito Ortiz this Saturday night. Bellator 170 can be seen live on Spike TV at 9:00 P.M. EST with the prelims streaming online. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for all of your Bellator 170 event coverage including interviews, results, highlights, and more!