Tito Ortiz Out of Rampage Jackson Bout; Bellator Moves Fight Card from PPV to Spike TV

October 25, 2013
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Tito-Ortiz-UFC-148-Pre-Press-9081Following reports that Tito Ortiz suffered a neck injury that forced him out of the upcoming Bellator pay-per-view fight with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the event will now be free, according to Bellator and Spike officials.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said during a conference call on Friday that Bellator 106 will transition to Spike TV for a three-hour block. The lightweight title fight between Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez will now be the main event.

“We’re incredibly excited about that,” Rebney said of moving Bellator 106 to free television. “It’s awesome for us, it’ll be awesome for fans, it’ll reach millions of consumers. While we’re disappointed that Tito’s injured, we’re thrilled that we’re going to be able to present the rest of that card to everybody on free TV, on Spike.”

Ortiz suffered a fractured neck, according to Rebney. The fighter informed the promoter of the injury roughly 24 hours prior to the announced cancellation. The injury, Rebney said, is unrelated to Ortiz’s previous neck problems that have plagued the latter stages of his career.

Rebney added that Ortiz visited his physician two days ago. The unnamed doctor informed Ortiz that participating in the fight would have “dire consequences,” given the nature of the injury, but Ortiz wanted to move forward with the fight, said Rebney. Recovery from the injury could take anywhere from four to eight months.

As a result of Ortiz bowing out of the card, Jackson is left without an opponent and will step aside until Bellator can match him with someone on a later card. The hope, Rebney said, is to have Jackson fight within the next month, preferably before the Thanksgiving holiday.

“I am more hopeful than any MMA fan that Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson will be fighting within the next month,” the CEO said.

The initial backup plan, Rebney added, was to have current light heavyweight champion Attila Vegh step up in the case that anyone was injured, and only if the fit was right. Rebney explained, however, that he didn’t want to force Vegh, who was reportedly injured some time ago, into a fight that didn’t make sense at this time.

Spike TV executive Kevin Kay added that anyone who purchased the Nov. 2 PPV would get a full refund.

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  • uncle

    This doesn’t surprise me ..Tito sprained his vagina
    again

    • Milosc

      Ridiculous comment

      The guy either “broke his neck” or he didn’t. Call him a liar, if you think you can, but come off it- if you’re trying to say ‘people who won’t fight with broken necks’ are now suddenly pussies…

      Life is not a cartoon, brah. Calm down

  • MichoFC

    That sucks for the fighters that were gonna get a cut of the PPV money! Wait were they gonna get any of that? The little that this card was gonna make!

  • Maddawgmar

    Wait, so does that mean that Eddie Alvarez gets out of his contract, because technically they didn’t match the UFC’s? No PPV, no match.

    • MichoFC

      He should be able to, but knowing Rebney there was probably some very fine print in the contract! Didn’t Eddie’s UFC contract say his first fight was headlining title fight with Ben Henderson(when he was the champ)????

      • Maddawgmar

        I don’t think it was an immediate title shot. I think he was guaranteed a top five fighter. On a main card PPV. Plus he was guaranteed a headliner on a UFC on Fox, a coaching spot on TUF. Bellator can’t match all that stuff.

  • Timothy Malone

    Best. News. Ever.

  • CHIVO

    There was never going to be a fight. I bet the two fighters never were going to fight each other. It was all a marketing strategy to bring Bellator to light. Both Rampage and Ortiz are too old to fight and am sure they both don’t want to fight any more. I wonder how much they got paid to pull this marketing stunt?

    • UFCENFORCER

      Agreed! this has sham written all over it. And Alvarez’s contract should be void as this isnt a ppv anymore unless they compensate him in another way. And to cap off the bs you have Bjorn saying LW Champ Veigh was a possibilty to step up and face Rampage. WTF? How do you do that when their is an interim LHW Championship fight on the card cuz Veigh is “supposedly'” injured! what a Carnival of Lies and BS!

  • WalnutCreekScott

    Tito! Why would you go and get injured right before the fight?!?!??!? Refunding the PPV will be easy since no one bought it.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Drop the bull$hit fight, Bellator is growing without those two a$$clowns. They are both has-beens. The future of Bellator is in the rest of that card.

  • Joe187

    They should have asked King Mo to step up. That would have been a better fight anyway and save the ppv.

  • Jamie Greer

    8 days before the fight your training should have been done and you should have been resting wow bro

  • Jake

    Pretty clear that bellator realized no one was gonna buy this damn thing and dropped the overpaid under performers to make it free. As stated below there were obvious replacements on the low roster if they really wanted to save the card. UFC didn’t say sorry no fight to Gerard mousse when Gus got hurt. They threw in a nobody to make the fight happen. Real neck injury or no, bellator is choosing to not make that fight happen though it could.

    • Jake

      *lhw roster damn auto correct

    • Advance*

      The Mousasi card was free on Fuel. It wasn’t a PPV. They did cancel the Jones vs Henderson PPV when their main event fell apart, so you’re talking out of your ass

  • CJ Decker

    I knew Tito was going to bitch out!!!
    And he knew he was going to get pounded!

  • Darin

    I literally LMAO at Rebney’s comments. Bjorn, you owe me 1 ass.

  • RICKSONbyarmbar!

    danas gonna love this

  • King Of The Spread

    AHA Typical Tito and Fake excitement from Bjorn

  • drkdisciple

    damn from what i hear Tito was in the best shape of his life…had an injury free training camp….this time there were gonna be no excuses lol …Poor Eddie Alvarez he was gonna get a cut of the pay per views….so let me calculate 10% of $0…hmmm that would be zero I think.

  • tipsy hippy

    tipsy hippy

  • tipsy hippy

    hahahahaha! Dana wins again!

  • james j

    Tito is so great for laughs. I hope he never leaves.

  • james j

    Tito is the best for laughs.

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    Tito saw the writing on the wall that NOBODY was going to buy this PPV and rather that look stupid, just faked an injury to get out of it.

  • David Luu

    Not surprised about this news. The PPV was doomed to begin with. Having it on tv was their best option. As for Tito and Quinton…they’re paid actors in a White Castle’s commercial. In the end, they can’t compete against McDonald’s(UFC). On a side note, Alvarez got screwed over once again.