Southaven, Mississippi was the scene for Bellator 120, the fight promotion’s PPV debut. It was a production of high-caliber athletes knocking each other senseless and low-level cheap shots from Jenna Jameson aimed at Tito Ortiz.
Bad blood boils between the former couple, and when the lopsided matchup between light heavyweight Ortiz and middleweight Alexander Shlemenko became ridiculously obvious, Jameson jumped on the opportunity for some good old-fashioned mud-slinging via Twitter. She alluded that Ortiz was actually cheating by competing with a fighter who was considerably lighter, and in doing so setting a lousy example for his twin sons.
A bit of a stretch, but a decent opening flurry.
It was a fitting complement to the post-fight press conference trash talk between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal. This followed a shove at the weigh-ins that led to a $10,000 fine being levied at Rampage, and accusations by Lawal that Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney was “d**k riding” Jackson — whatever that means.
The ex-lovers’ Twitter spat and the bus stop-grade mouthiness from the heavyweights gave the whole thing a bit of a Jerry Springer Show sort of feel. Perhaps it’s a new kind of programming they are inventing without even knowing it. Rebney could copyright the terms Athletic Dysfunction Entertainment Dynamics and Happenstance Championships of Carnival Athletics — just in case the PPV crowd catches on and he starts racking up UFC-type numbers.