Bellator: Tito Ortiz Injury A Double-Edged Sword

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Thanks to an injury to Tito Ortiz, what was supposed to be Bellator‘s first pay-per-view will now be a really, really good Spike TV card. Saturday was supposed to be Bellator’s first shot at putting together a pay-per-view card with Ortiz vs. Quentin Jackson headlining the efforts.

The injury to Ortiz will both help and hurt Bellator. Bjorn Rebney will lose much of the money he was planning on banking with the pay-per-view buys. The cancellation will also upset the casual viewers who spent the time and money ordering the pay-per-view.

The good thing about the cancellation is now those interested in watching the pay-per-view card can see it for free. The thing with having such a great card on network television is it gives the company a chance to showcase all of their talent at once, and that will be good if casual fans tune in to see the fights.

Now the main event will be the Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler rematch. All things considered, Alvarez/Chandler should have been the main event from the start. Their first encounter was amazing, and the second fight is sure to deliver.

The other fights on the card are also great. Pat Curran will defend his title against Daniel Stratus, which has potential to be a great fight. Emanuel Newton and Muhammed Lawal will also be great, even though one has to believe King Mo will finish the fight early this time.

Anthony Cloud is a MMA Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @TheAceCloud, Facebook or Google.


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