After an unfortunate neck injury, Tito “the People’s Champion” Ortiz was forced to withdraw from his main event fight against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson that was set to take place on November 2nd for Bellator MMA’s first ever PPV event. This is saddening, as Ortiz seemed genuinely enthusiastic about getting a fresh start in the Bellator cage. In recent interviews, Ortiz claimed to be fully healed from the numerous knee, shoulder and neck injuries he has sustained over his 15-year long career. It is currently unknown whether Bellator will be rescheduling the Ortiz vs. Rampage fight.
The silver lining to all of this is that the Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alverez rematch will assume the main event role for the inaugural Bellator MMA PPV. This is a great fight that actually has some legitimacy to it, as it pits the two best non-UFC lightweights against one another. Their first fight was an absolute classic. Both fighters gave it their all, but in the 4th round, Michael Chandler rocked Alvarez, took his back and locked up a beautiful rear-naked choke submission to win the fight.
It is incredibly difficult to pick a winner for the rematch between Chandler and Alvarez. The first fight was super competitive, with both fighters throwing everything and the kitchen sink at one another. The X-factor in this fight is ring rust. By the time both fighters step into the Bellator cage, it will have been slightly over one year since Eddie Alvarez has fought. Chandler has been slightly more active disposing of Akihiro Gono by TKO, Rick Hawn by submission and Dave Rickels by KO. Chandler always looks significantly better every time he steps into the cage, and he’s going to be fighting with a chip on his shoulder on November 2nd as he will attempt to prove that his win over Alvarez was not a fluke. The bottom line is that both fighters will slug it out and it’s going to be a real treat for the fans.
My Prediction: Michael Chandler via Unanimous Decision