When we had Justin McCully on to discuss the aftermath of the controversial “mask” angle – where he was revealed to be helping Stephan Bonnar in the Bellator ring for his upcoming fight against Tito Ortiz – it generated a significant amount of controversy and interest.
Tito Ortiz himself was melting down on Twitter all night, blasting us for being “biased” because we had the audacity to feature McCully’s side of the story.
Immediately after our show, a number of mainstream media outlets - including some from major TV networks – copied our interview and tried to rehash the same questions.
Tito Ortiz was strangely silent when that happened. Did Tito realize that he can’t demand favorable press coverage, or was it simply that he was angry at Carson’s Corner specifically?
Now Tito has more than just potential criticism to worry about, as he faces Stephan Bonnar in the Bellator cage this Saturday, November 15th, in a fight many people predict that he may lose.
Could this truly be the last fight from Tito Ortiz? That outcome seems distinctly possible. Even die-hard Tito fans, who do still exist in some places, will have to admit that a loss to Bonnar could end his run in the spotlight for good and potentially force him into the ring.
We’re going to hear from Jason Brilz, John Lober and Justin McCully, three men who have found themselves in conflict with Tito over the years, in order to get their historical perspective on what this potential retirement fight could mean for the sport of MMA and Tito himself.
Could this be the Tito Ortiz Official Retirement Party, or T-O-R-P, “Torp”? Only time will tell. One thing’s for certain: this Bellator event has more intrigue than any show of theirs in recent memory.