As Viacom surely must have expected, Bellator’s surprise announcement last week that Tito Ortiz is coming out of retirement and will fight “Rampage” Jackson on November 2nd, has been received with mixed reviews. Some fans appear to be excited or at least intrigued by the fight, while others, not so much. Regardless of whether fans are pumped about the match-up, there’s no question lots of people have been talking about Bellator recently, and you know what they say about “any press.”

Jackson and Ortiz attended a media call recently to promote their upcoming bout, and while discussing the negative response some fans have had, “Rampage” stated this (quote via MMA

“Me and Tito have been taking hits from some of the MMA fans and it’s not right for a lot of never-will-bes and never-gonna-bes to call Tito and I has beens,” Jackson said. “You know what I’m saying? You guys should really smack yourselves for saying that.”

“Me and Tito, we have heart,” Rampage said. “I trained with Tito for years and I can tell you secretly there’s been competition between me and Tito. I remember when I started training with him and Ricco Rodriguez, they used to kick my ass all the time, they used to enjoy it. Then I started to get a little bit better, and me and Tito started going at it a little bit harder and stuff like that. There’s always been times when me and Tito wanted to go at it in training. There’s been a couple times where me and Tito had some battles people will never see. Now people are going to see it out in the cage in front of everybody.”

Of course, if Bellator adds some big name fights to the card, then maybe more fans will ‘warm’ to the November 2nd event. To that end, CEO Bjorn Rebney has relayed that the promotion is hoping to book lightweight champ Michael Chandler for the card and possibly featherweight champ Pat Curran. Other title fights could also be added.