Tito Ortiz’ injury scraps Bellator’s first ever PPV event
Tito Ortiz' neck injury forced Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney to cancel their first ever PPV event
Bellator MMA encountered a major roadblock leading up to their first ever PPV event when Tito Ortiz injured his neck while preparing for his showdown with fellow UFC legend Quinton Jackson in Bellator 106. As a result, Bellator scrapped the headlining bout and they turned the PPV into a regular event on Spike TV. The lightweight title fight between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler will now serve as the main event in the four-fight main card that includes the featherweight title fight between Pat Curran and Daniel Strauss and an interim light heavyweight title fight with Muhammed Lawal and Emanuel Newton. The card will also feature the “Fight Master” finals between Joe Riggs and Mike Bronzoulis.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney made the announcement this Friday on a conference hall with media members.
“We’re incredibly excited about that,” says Rebney regarding the move of 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.”
According to Rebney, Ortiz informed him that he had a fractured neck a day before the CEO announced the cancellation. He also added that the UFC hall of famer consulted a physician for an X-Ray and MRI and the results showed that further injury for him will have “dire consequences”. That being said, Rebney assured that the injury is not related to the one that hampered the latter stages of Tito’s career.
“Tito wanted to fight, and his doctor said asbolutely not,” states Rebney. The executive said that the doctor said if he landed the wrong way or hit injury the wrong way, it could cause paralysis.”
Tito’s injury has left Rampage without an opponent and Bellator had no choice but to pull him out of the cards. According to Rebney, they are now planning to find a match for Jackson and they are looking to have him fight within the next month.
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