During Friday night’s Bellator 123 broadcast, it was announced that newly signed Stephan Bonnar will take on former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz on November 15. The event will be co-headlined by a rematch between Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks and former lightweight champion Michael Chandler.

Just in case you missed the pro wrestling-esque brawl in the Bellator cage, you can check it out by watching the video above.

Ortiz enters the fight fresh off his dominating victory over current Bellator Middleweight Champion Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 120. Having fought some of the best in the world including Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin and Ken Shamrock, Ortiz is looking to add another big victory to his already impressive career.

“This fight is as personal as it gets,” Ortiz said in a press release issued by Bellator MMA. “I don’t dislike many people but I can honestly say I hate Stephan Bonnar. I’m not just going to beat Bonnar, I’m going to torture him. This fight is for my fans and the MMA world. Stephan Bonnar is a phony and I’m going to show the world he isn’t on the same level of a fighter as I am. The Huntington Beach Bad Boy is back for this fight because #BitchBoy Bonnar is getting a bad beating from me.”

Fighting in front of millions on Spike TV against the likes of James Irvin, Keith Jardine, Rashad Evans and an iconic showdown with Forrest Griffin, Bonnar has established himself as one of the biggest personalities in the sport during his nearly 15-year professional career. Last competing in 2012 against Anderson Silva, Bonnar has had his sights set on Tito for years, and is ready to finally lock horns with the MMA icon.

“It’s a great honor to fight a former world champion and a true legend of the sport like Tito, his skills and accomplishments cannot be denied,” Bonnar said. “Unfortunately, his character certainly can. This is a guy, Tito Ortiz, who’s screwed over everyone that has supported and helped him throughout his career, and I have no mercy for a selfish, self-absorbed guy like Tito. I’m not going in there just to hit him on the chin and be done. That’s not what this fight is about. He’s going to suffer, I’m going to savor every minute I have in there with him. I’m going to close his eyes, punish his body, then take a step back, so I can do it some more.”

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