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BREAKING: Tito Ortiz Injured, Out of Bellator PPV Main Event Bout with Rampage Jackson

Posted on by Ken Pishna

Tito OrtizBellator’s worst nightmare leading up to its first pay-per-view offering came true on Friday when Tito Ortiz had to withdraw from his main event match-up with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

MMAWeekly.com sources close to the event on Friday confirmed the news first reported by MMAFighting.com.

Bellator, known for its tournament format and weekly events on Spike TV, was building the majority of its promotional efforts around the Rampage vs. Tito main event, and even billed it as Bellator: Rampage vs. Tito.

The card, slated for Nov. 2 in Long Beach, Calif., also features several title bouts, and most of Bellator’s more prominent names, but as of the time of publication, it was unclear what direction the promotion would take with its main event falling apart.

Bellator and Spike officials scheduled a news teleconference for Friday afternoon.

MMAWeekly.com will have further details as the situation develops.

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  • ZZtoppppp

    I think Tito got scared and played up the first knick he got in training.

  • chris weiner

    as if we didnt see THIS coming…

  • macarrech

    Tito you’re too old and beated. time to hang the gloves dude.

  • Shakir Hanifa

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA LOL.

    DANA WHITE!!!! I WANNA HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS ONE PLSSS

  • Cereal Killer

    …and the card actually got better because of this.

    • Mark McDowall

      Agreed. The PPV probably would do a bit better without this.

  • Wolf Ticket

    They still have Queen Mo on that card…which may even be better fight than the one with Tito.

  • Charles

    Que the obligatory comments from Tito about how he’ll finally fight 100% next fight and didn’t want to come in injured like his past 10 fights.

    • put me in the sauna coach

      haha spot on. and then when he loses he can blame a fractured skull again, mad cow disease, or a pulled uterus.

  • Cameron Merryman

    I CALLED THIS! The day after it broke I knew Cheeto would bitch out! HAHAHAHA

  • Spence

    I might actually watch this card now. But I have to admit, I had a good chuckle when I first read this :)

  • King_DG

    Seriously I knew this was going to happen, they put so much promotional effort into this fight and now it’s not going to happen! HAHAHAHHAHA Bellator is a joke

  • Mark McDowall

    Wow…bye bye Bellator PPV…and probably Bellator in general!

  • Shaggy

    Tito did not bitch out and this is NOT a disaster for Bellator. The disaster was going to be the PPV. I think Bellator got Tito to back out. Now they can cancel the PPV and put the fights on Spike without admitting they failed miserably.

    • Mark McDowall

      I have to agree. I think they were starting to see that it wasn’t going to go well so when Tito showed up with an injury…they pulled the plus as soon as they could. I think the PPV would have done ok with that fight taken off of it.

  • put me in the sauna coach

    normally Tito waits to talk about his injuries after he loses.

  • uncle

    Chandler vs Alvarez should of got more respect
    not UFC wash outs so Karma is crazy

  • Kenny Powers

    BREAKING: UFC President Dana White dead at 44. Busted nut due to excessive laughter.