It appears Bellator‘s first ever pay per view event has been cancelled, as Tito Ortiz injured himself during training. Ortiz was set to face Quinton Jackson, but suffered a neck injury during training, according to MMA Fighting‘s Ariel Helwani. Bellator was not able to find a suitable replacement for Ortiz, forcing them to scrap the pay per view card.
Now, this card is going to be put on Spike TV for free, which is not great news for Bellator, but great news for the fans. This is a huge setback for Ortiz, who has a long history with neck injures during his tenure with the UFC. It’s going to be interesting to see if they can find an opponent for Rampage, who will be looking to revitalize his career under the Bellator banner.
It has been reported that Ortiz wanted to fight, but doctors stressed him to sit out, because if he continued to the fight, he could get paralyzed. Hopefully, Ortiz can make a speedy recovery and get back to his healthy self, but this certainly could be the final chapter for Ortiz’s career.
It’s an unfortunate situation for Bellator to be put in, because they were really looking forward to showcasing their first ever pay per view card, which had a ton of good fights on it, such as Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez 2. Bellator president Bjorn Rebney did go on to say that they are still looking to hold pay per view events in the future, in hopes of competing with the UFC.