Last night in Rancho Ro, New Mexico at Bellator 97. Bellator MMA announced their first pay per view broadcast, and that the headliners would be two former UFC Champions. Former Light Heavyweight Champions Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Tito Ortiz will be the main event of the card scheduled for November 2 at the Southern California’s Long Beach Arena in Long Beach California. While some fans expected a boxing match between Jackson and Roy Jones Jr. to be announced, it turned out to be a red herring.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a press release sent to Fighters.com:
“To have two of the biggest names in MMA headline our first PPV is awesome. Rampage vs. Tito is a fight I’ve wanted to see for years and to have it as our Main Event on our first Pay-Per-View is a spectacular next step in Bellator’s evolution. They’re both re-energized, excited and ready for a war. This will be a great fight.”
Quinton Rampage Jackson:
“Honestly, I feel like I’ve been re-born. My excitement, energy and aggression, it’s all back and bigger than ever. I feel like a kid again. The Rampage you’ll see Nov. 2nd will be better than any Rampage you’ve ever seen. Everybody knows Tito and I have a very long history. He’s a former teammate and friend, and it’s one of the reasons I stayed away from the UFC as long as I did. But, I want to be very clear; any sort of friendship we once had doesn’t exist when that cage door shuts. I’ve got a ton to prove on November 2nd, and unfortunately for Tito he’s the guy I have to make an example of. He’s in my house now and Saturday, November 2nd on PPV, it’s going to be a horrible night for Tito Ortiz.”
“I’m back. Over the last few years, my passion for MMA was completely killed, dealing with UFC politics and with Dana. I didn’t have that drive to compete, my heart wasn’t in it. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m free. Bjorn and Bellator put together an opportunity that made me part of the promotion, part of the family. I feel like I can breathe again and my old friend is going to be on the receiving end of all that happiness turned into an old school Tito Ortiz ground and pound beating. I’ve fought and beaten the very best in MMA history and on Nov. 2nd, Rampage will be the next huge win on my record.