Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Loving that pre-fight heat between Stephan Bonnar & Tito Ortiz

The introduction of the upcoming Bellator light heavyweight fight between Stephan Bonnar and Tito Ortiz may have smacked of WWE soap BUT I LOVED IT.

Bonnar loves to talk smack and unfortunately, Ortiz isn’t good at that as he’d prefer to do let his fists do the talking. So the pre-fight brawl may not have landed some haymakers but Bellator wanted buzz and they got buzz.

The Masked Man schtick (with Justin McCully behind the mask) Bonnar used may have been a little overboard (more so with his including Ortiz’ ex-wife Jenna Jameson in his taunts) but really all the pre-fight talk about kicking one’s ass is so run-of-the-mill. Besides, you should expect all that cheap heat coming from the American Psycho.

However, Bonnar is treading on thin ice here. After his two failed drugs tests that tarnished his image and legacy (personally I wonder why he is a UFC Hall of Famer when he has a 15-8 record with a 8-7 record in the UFC), this time he hopes to go out on a high note by fighting Ortiz.

UFC’s Dana White has been quoted as saying he released Bonnar to Bellator (jn exchange for Eddie Alvarez) of who he hopes will kick the crap out of Ortiz, a nemesis of his.

November 15 cannot come soon enough.

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