tito-ortiz-27.jpgAfter pulling out of Saturday’s Bellator 106 event due to a fractured neck, Tito Ortiz is optimistic about making a fairly quick return.

Ortiz (16-11-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) was slated to fight fellow ex-UFC champ Quinton Jackson (32-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at Saturday’s event, but following “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’s” withdrawal, the bout was scrapped, and the event moved from pay-per-view to Spike TV.

Ortiz actually retired in 2012 following UFC 148, but when Bellator offered a contract, the organization planned to make him a centerpiece of its PPV debut. But the oft-injured fighter was forced off the card this past week. Ortiz wanted to fight anyway, but Bellator followed the doctor’s recommendation to halt the contest.

Ortiz, though, believes he could be back training before year’s end.

As he wrote on Twitter: “Ppl I will have 100% recovery & will be back n the gym in 6 weeks.I’m a fighter & I love competition. I was doing great n training but accident do happen. Just time to reshuffle the deck & deal another hand. #positiveminded”

It’s not known if Ortiz, 38, will still fight Jackson, who’s expected to face a replacement opponent at an upcoming Bellator show. An official announcement of the fight is expected today.

Ortiz, once one of the UFC’s most popular fighters, has the longest light-heavyweight title run in UFC history (1,260 days) and held the record for title defenses (five) until Jon Jones broke it this past month. However, he’s 1-7-1 in his past nine fights and has just one victory in the past seven years.

For more on Bellator 106, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Teammate: Josh Koscheck will fight again despite Bellator debut injury withdrawal

  • 16 days ago
  • 6 views

Josh Koscheck’s withdrawal from his Bellator debut due to injury could have been a significant setback for the veteran fighter. Fortunately, though, it won’t spell the end of the road for the 38-year read news >>

Michael Chandler negotiating new Bellator deal, wants Benson Henderson or Josh Thomson

  • 16 days ago
  • 39 views

Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler thinks he’s got a pretty powerful piece of leverage in negotiating a new deal with his promoter.Filed under: Bellator, Featured Videos, News, Rad read news >>

Eddie Alvarez Was Shocked by Split Decision in Anthony Pettis Fight

  • 16 days ago
  • 3 views

Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez defeated former UFC 155-pound UFC titleholder Anthony Pettis over the weekend in the UFC Fight Night 81 co-main event. read news >>

The Beaten Path: Top 25 MMA Prospects for 2016, Part 2

  • 15 days ago
  • 8 views

The constant, relentless grind of the UFC and Bellator eats up dozens of new fighters every year. One hundred three new contestants debuted in the UFC in 2015, less than half of the 230 who made thei read news >>

Absence of champ Minakov frustrates Bellator heavyweight contender Tony Johnson

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 views

Tony Johnson is a heavyweight fighter with a goal he has no idea when, where or how he’s supposed to complete.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2126 with UFC's Ryan Bader, Bellator's Ryan Couture

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 views

Stream or download Thursday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Ryan Bader and Ryan Couture.Filed under: Bellator, News, Radio, UFC read news >>

How a couple of eyepokes changed Matt Mitrione’s career plans (spoiler: they didn’t)

  • 15 days ago
  • 67 views

UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione expects to undergo surgery Monday for an orbital blowout fracture he suffered from a Travis Browne punch at UFC Fight Night 81.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

California State Athletic Commission won’t pursue Alexander Shlemenko for Russia fight

  • 15 days ago
  • 25 views

Former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko is scheduled to fight in Russia despite a three-year suspension for alleged steroid use.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 148's Ryan Couture ready for title contention, says pressure will break 'Pitbull'

  • 13 days ago
  • 18 views

Ryan Couture is finally ready to live up to the hefty expectations placed on him as the son of multi-time UFC champion and Hall of Famer Randy Couture.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Paul Bradley won't alter style to avoid fouls in Bellator 148 rematch with Honeycutt

  • 11 days ago
  • 10 views

Paul Bradley said he won’t make any fundamental changes to his tactics in order to avoid a repeat situation when he rematches Chris Honeycutt on Friday at Bellator 148.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>