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

James Thompson injured, Dan Charles steps in vs. Bobby Lashley at Bellator 138

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

Bobby Lashley and James Thompson are apparently just not meant to rematch. An injury has forced Thompson out of next week’s Bellator 138 bout with Lashley and Dan Charles has stepped up as a replacem read news >>

Fedor Emelianenko headed to Bellator MMA fan fest on Thursday with Royce Gracie and Tito Ortiz

  • 16 days ago
  • 8 views

Bellator MMA is pumping up the excitement in the St. Louis market by offering a meet and greet with autograph opportunities for fans of various MMA legends. If you live in the St. Louis market and ca read news >>

Tito Ortiz vs. Liam McGeary, one-night tourney headline Bellator-GLORY hybrid show

  • 14 days ago
  • 4 views

Tito Ortiz is coming back to the Bellator cage. And so is the tournament format. Ortiz will challenge Liam McGeary for the Bellator MMA light heavyweight title in the main event of a Bellator-GLORY h read news >>

Tito Ortiz: I've cleared a spot for Liam McGeary's Bellator title

  • 12 days ago
  • 3 views

ST. LOUIS – Bellator light heavyweight Tito Ortiz has a space in his office for all of his belts. Of course, all of them are from the UFC. Now he’s trying to add a Bellator title to his collection.Fi read news >>

Video: Champ Liam McGeary on trash talk, Tito Ortiz and Bellator 141

  • 12 days ago
  • 31 views

ST. LOUIS – Every time Bellator light heavyweight champ Liam McGeary turned on Twitter, there was Tito Ortiz.Filed under: Bellator, Featured Videos, News, Videos read news >>

Tito Ortiz turned down Frank Shamrock rematch opportunity for title shot instead

  • 11 days ago
  • 26 views

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Bellator light heavyweight Tito Ortiz spoke to MMA Fighting after the Dynamite event announcement and spoke about facing Liam McGeary for the light heavyweight title at that event, read news >>

Tito Ortiz Turned Down Kimbo and Shamrock ‘Freak Shows’ to Fight for Bellator Title

  • 11 days ago
  • 6 views

Tito Ortiz says he turned down "freak show" fights with Kimbo and both Shamrocks, Ken and Frank, because he wants to become the Bellator champion. read news >>

Liam McGeary didn't expect to face Tito Ortiz for first title defense

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 views

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary spoke to MMA Fighting before Bellator 138 about competing at the Dynamite show, his respect for Yair Rodriguez's guard, why he didn' read news >>

Linton Vassell: I'm the underdog – and the guy to beat – in Bellator tourney

  • 10 days ago
  • 0 views

Light heavyweight Linton Vassell has appeared five times in Bellator’s cage. And yet when he fights in a light-heavyweight tourney later this year, most of the attention will be on his competition. F read news >>

UFC Quick Quote: Jose Aldo never earned a PPV bonus because he's the worst-drawing champion in history

  • 18 hours ago
  • 398 views

"Conor did everything right, Jose did everything wrong as he always does. He's the worst drawing champion in the history of the UFC. Numbers don't lie; he is the worst draw with the belt. He's never read news >>