Just eight days before Bellator is set to make its pay-per-view event in Long Beach, new is surfacing that the “Rampage vs. Tito” card has lost one half of it’s main event.
According to report from MMA Fighting.com, Tito Ortiz has been forced to drop out of the November 2nd card due to a neck injury he incurred while training. MMA Weekly.com has also confirmed the injury with sources close to the situation. Bellator has not made any announcement, however, regarding the reported withdrawal.
Earlier today Ortiz posted a photo on Instagram which read: “I know everything happens for a reason, but sometimes I wish I knew what the what that reason was.” That definitely doesn’t sound promising.
So, the report from MMA Fighting also stated that the promotion is looking for a replacement, but that Bellator might elect to make next week’s event a free, SPIKE broadcast, and move Jackson to another card.
The upcoming event does feature several title fights, as lightweight champion Michael Chandler will rematch Eddie Alvarez, featherweight champ Pat Curran is set to fight Daniel Struss, and “King Mo” Lawal and Emanuel Newton are scheduled to battle for the vacant interim, light-heavyweight belt.
It will be interesting to see what Bellator decides to do here. That’s quite the blow.
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(Update: Bellator has since confirmed that Ortiz has indeed been forced to pull out of the fight due to a fractured neck. As a result, the entire card will be broadcast for free on SPIKE)