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Bellator Pulls PPV Plans After Tito Ortiz Injury

Bellator Pulls PPV Plans After Tito Ortiz Injury

Bellator will not be making an impact on pay-per-view next month after an injury to main event fighter Tito Ortiz.

The promotion announced on Friday that Ortiz suffered a fractured neck and will not be able to make the November 2 fight vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

Instead, Bellator and Spike TV have decided to continue with the night of fights – just on free television instead.

Highlighted by a main event rematch between Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez, the card will feature a total of three championship bouts.

King Mo Lawal faces Emanuel Newton for the interim light heavyweight title, while Pat Curran defends his featherweight belt vs. Daniel Straus.

“I’ve said it since the day we announced the fight that Rampage vs. Tito was a fight I had wanted to see for years, and it’s unfortunately something I’m going to have to continue to wait to see,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “After sitting down with our team and partners, the decision was obvious: Give the greatest MMA fans on earth this amazing show live and free on Spike. Our fans have been incredible to us and I’m thrilled to be able to give them this great card on the greatest network in MMA, Spike! Chandler vs. Alvarez II, Mo vs. Newton II and Curran vs. Strauss II are all unbelievable fights. This is going to be a great, great night.”

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