Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen put on a promotional interview at Bellator’s most recent event, and many were left puzzled when Ortiz decided to pull out a small box of juice towards the end of his speech and smash it with his hands.
Ortiz has now clarified.
“So as I was growing up is don’t ever do juice, as in steroids. Chael Sonnen gets popped for a juice cocktail. And the question was, ‘so how do I think this fight is gonna turn out?’ So I said, ‘well let me go ahead and find Chael for you.’ So the best acronym I could think of that is a juice box, juice box being Chael Sonnen. It’s no more than that because he is a juicy juice boy. He likes to do his, dabble in his little steroid stuff,” Ortiz said on a Facebook interview (transcription via MMA Fighting).
“Hopefully they do test us – which I know they will, they test us on all of our fights. But that just shows a sign of weakness; a sign of weakness of him being full of juice. He’s a juice box, he’s a juice boy and that’s why that Juicy Juice box came into the camera frame.”
Sonnen spent two years away from MMA after failing multiple drug tests in July 2014 for multiple banned substances, effectively getting him suspended.
Ortiz and Sonnen have history from their amateur wrestling days, and Ortiz particularly remembers when Sonnen scored a quick pin over him.
“This is 20 years in the making. So now, yes this is redemption. This is an opportunity for a payback. Chael has picked the wrong person at the wrong time. He’s motivated the wrong person. The fire that’s in me right now is like no other. This fight feels more important to me than fighting for the world title in my last fight…This is a redemption fight for me because I have an opportunity to clear my name and to smash Chael Sonnen.
“This ain’t a wrestling match this is a fight and last time I checked Chael don’t like to be punched in the face… I’m gonna try to defend that double and I’m gonna put a pain on him… It’s not about looking for the pin, it’s about looking to hurt this guy and I’m gonna hurt this guy.”