Tito OrtizBellator’s worst nightmare leading up to its first pay-per-view offering came true on Friday when Tito Ortiz had to withdraw from his main event match-up with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

MMAWeekly.com sources close to the event on Friday confirmed the news first reported by MMAFighting.com.

Bellator, known for its tournament format and weekly events on Spike TV, was building the majority of its promotional efforts around the Rampage vs. Tito main event, and even billed it as Bellator: Rampage vs. Tito.

The card, slated for Nov. 2 in Long Beach, Calif., also features several title bouts, and most of Bellator’s more prominent names, but as of the time of publication, it was unclear what direction the promotion would take with its main event falling apart.

Bellator and Spike officials scheduled a news teleconference for Friday afternoon.

MMAWeekly.com will have further details as the situation develops.

Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bellator champ Koreshkov not bothered by Lima's injury claims, but says all fighters deal with them

  • 22 days ago
  • 10 views

After losing Bellator’s welterweight belt to Andrey Koreshkov last year, Douglas Lima said that, impaired by injuries, he shouldn’t even have been in the cage that night. But the current champ, it se read news >>

Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz Talk a Mean Game at Bellator 170 Presser | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 428 views

Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz are set to headline Bellator 170, but first they squared off in a press conference. Watch as the two spew venom at each other. read news >>

With Emmanuel Sanchez injured, Friday's Bellator 166 lineup gets new co-headliner

  • 4 days ago
  • 9 views

Due to an injury, Friday’s Bellator 166 event has a new co-headliner.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 171 set for Jan. 27 in Kansas; Rickels-Derrow, Harris-Young booked for show

  • 4 days ago
  • 14 views

Bellator’s early 2017 schedule continues to build with a return to the Midwest. Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Paul Daley to face Brennan Ward at Bellator 170

  • 2 days ago
  • 8 views

One of Bellator’s “tent pole” events has added another big clash.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Report: Patricky Freire injured, out of Bellator 167 main event rematch with Derek Campos

  • 8 days ago
  • 5 views

It looks like the second of next week’s back-to-back Bellator cards in Oklahoma has taken a big hit. Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Report: Daniel Cormier injured, forced out of UFC 206 headliner vs. Anthony Johnson

  • 7 days ago
  • 26 views

Another UFC main event has taken a hit in 2016. Two weeks before the fight, light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier is out of his rematch with Anthony Johnson at UFC 206 in Toronto. Filed under: Featu read news >>

With Freire out, Darrion Caldwell-Joe Taimanglo rematch set for Bellator 167 main event

  • 7 days ago
  • 6 views

With another headliner for Bellator 167 gone by the wayside, there’s a new main event set for the promotion’s second of back-to-back shows in Oklahoma next week. Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 167 Replacement Main Event Scrapped | MMAWeekly.com

  • 7 days ago
  • 30 views

Bellator 167 already underwent one main event swap in early November. On Friday, the replacement main event was nixed. read news >>

For Joe Warren, It's Just Another Day and Another Bellator Title Fight | MMAWeekly.com

  • 5 days ago
  • 13 views

For Joe Warren, putting "world champion" next to his name is just another day at the office. Winning championships is simply what he does. read news >>