quinton-jackson-36.jpgThe buildup to Bellator MMA’s first pay-per-view card will begin in earnest on Monday.

That’s when headliners Quinton Jackson (32-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Tito Ortiz (16-11-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will spend a full day doing appearances on the ESPN all-sports cable network, promotion officials confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com)

“Rampage” and Ortiz, a pair of former training partners and ex-UFC light heavyweight champions, will be fighting for Bellator for the first time. The pay-per-view, set for Nov. 2 at Long Beach Arena in California, also features a lightweight title rematch between champion Michael Chandler and former champ Eddie Alvarez.

Jackson and Ortiz will appear throughout the day on ESPN programs such as “SportsCenter,” as well as “First Take, a debate-style show hosted by Cari Champion featuring Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith.

Jackson signed with Bellator in June, and while he has yet to fight for the MMA promotion, he has been making appearances for TNA Impact! Wrestling, also owned by Viacom and airing on Spike TV.

In July, in a surprise announcement, Jackson announced at Bellator 97 that his first fight for the promotion would be against Ortiz on the pay-per-view, at which point Ortiz came out to meet “Rampage” in the cage for the announcement.

Jackson left the UFC following a loss to Glover Teixeira in January. Ortiz retired following his loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 148 in July 2012, but hinted at a comeback in the days leading up to the Bellator announcement.

For more on “Bellator 106: Rampage vs. Tito,” stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bellator Signs Three-Time All-American Wrestler Jarod Trice

  • 27 days ago
  • 12 views

Bellator MMA is proud to announce the signing of three-time All American wrestling prospect Jarod Trice to an exclusive, multi-fight contract. read news >>

Bellator's Jordan Parsons Has Full Leg Amputated After Hit-and-Run Collision

  • 27 days ago
  • 38 views

Jordan Parsons, 25, a fighter competing in Bellator MMA's featherweight division, has lost his entire right leg after falling victim to a hit-and-run vehicle collision early Sunday morning in Florida read news >>

Bellator Cuts Lightweight Champ Will Brooks, Strips Heavyweight Champion Vitaly Minakov

  • 15 days ago
  • 276 views

Bellator MMA on Saturday released disgruntled lightweight champion Will Brooks from his contract and stripped the heavyweight belt from Vitaly Minakov. read news >>

Marcin Held on Dave Jansen Rematch: ‘I’m Going to Take Him Down and Finish Him’

  • 9 days ago
  • 25 views

Bellator MMA lightweight Marcin Held plans to rebound after having a six-fight win streak come to a halt in his last outing when he rematches Dave Jansen at Bellator 155. read news >>

Bellator 154: Davis vs. King Mo Fight Card, TV Info, Predictions and More

  • 17 days ago
  • 19 views

Bellator MMA will invade the SAP Center in San Jose, California, on Saturday night. "King Mo" Muhammad Lawal will battle Phil Davis in a pivotal light heavyweight matchup that is likely going to dete read news >>

Bubba Grant Staring Down a Breakout Year with Bellator Deal at Stake

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 views

Bubba Grant never gets too far ahead of himself, but winning a Shamrock FC belt and a Bellator contract could provide him with a breakout year. read news >>

Three New Bouts Complete Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas 2 Fight Card

  • a day ago
  • 2 views

Three contests have been added to Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas 2 on June 17 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, completing the fight card. read news >>

UFC Sale Rumors: Would the UFC Improve Without Dana White and the Fertittas?

  • 17 days ago
  • 45 views

On Tuesday night, ESPN that the UFC is in advanced talks to sell the promotion, hiring investment bank Goldman Sachs to represent it in discussions with at least four groups that have bid on an acqui read news >>

Watch the Bellator 154: Davis vs. King Mo Weigh-In Streaming Live at 8 PM ET

  • 16 days ago
  • 6 views

Watch the official Bellator 154: Davis vs. King Mo weigh-in streaming live from San Jose, Calif. at 8 p.m. ET. read news >>

King Mo Happy to Get Paid and Get a Bellator Belt… at Any Weight

  • 16 days ago
  • 8 views

King Mo Lawal is happy as long as he's fighting and getting paid. Of course he wants a Bellator belt, but he's not overly picky about the weight class. read news >>