Wednesday, 07/31/2013, 08:56 pm

Tito Ortiz Joins Bellator Roster; Set To Face “Rampage” Jackson At November PPV

Rumors recently surfaced hinting at a potential bout between former UFC light-heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and boxing legend Roy Jones Jr.

While Jackson appears to have plans to face Roy Jones Jr. in the future, his next opponent will be met in the realm Mixed Martial Arts combat, and it is none other than Tito “The People’s Champion” Ortiz. Tonights live broadcast of Bellator 97 on Spike TV featured quite the plot twist, as the production team said “Rampage” had a big announcement to make to the world and with the camera being focused on Roy Jones Jr., who was cage side for the event, everyone expected Jackson vs. Jones Jr. to be officially announced.

Instead, Jackson informed the crowd that while he does wish to scrap with Roy Jones Jr. in the near future, his next fight would be in the Bellator cage. Rampage told the Albuquerque fans, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. There’s a lot of rumors out there; I don’t know how that one got so big. I’m down to fight Roy, I’m a big fan of his.” Jackson continued, “But this time, I’m going to give the fans what they want. My first fight in Bellator, I want it to be an MMA fight, not a boxing match, because I love MMA again. I’m fighting this guy that’s coming out right now.”

Cue the Eminem and the fog machine, standing in the entrance to the arena stood a silhouette of a familiar figure, bouncing about carrying a flag on his shoulder. If fans didn’t see the obvious, it became evident as a fired-up Ortiz emerged from the shadows and made his way to the cage. Upon being introduced, Ortiz proclaimed to the world, “I’ve fought the best of the best in the world, I’ve been fighting for a long, long time and Rampage too. We’ve trained with each other, we’ve been friends for a long time. It’s time to push the friendship aside. It’s about giving the fans what they want to see and the best fight possible and it’s going to happen here in Bellator.”

Ortiz had hinted at a potential comeback in recent weeks and many in the MMA community expected him to make the move to Bellator, even more so following Dana White’s statements on Ortiz making a comeback and how he must need money. Undoubtedly the two biggest names to sign with Bellator are set to face-off in a battle that surprisingly did not occur earlier in each fighters career. The fight is scheduled to take place on November 2nd at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach California, and will serve as the promotions first ever pay-per-view event.

Before the two men engaged in an intense stairdown for the cameras, Jackson concluded by saying, “Tito is a great showman. I’ve seen this guy work. I’ve seen him train. I know it’s going to be one of the best fights in history.”

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25 Responses to “Tito Ortiz Joins Bellator Roster; Set To Face “Rampage” Jackson At November PPV”

  1. Joustwillam says:

    lol bellator needs a ufc has been division

  2. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    I’ve always enjoyed Rampage’s fights, but he left UFC because they threw wrestlers at him…..Now his first fight in Bellator will be against Tito Ortiz?

  3. 123 says:

    i like tito ortiz, hes an exciting fighter.. should be good.

  4. ThaGreenBandit says:

    PPV? Seriously? This is a joke, right?

  5. Dddddddd says:

    I wonder what the cost will be? If its worth it
    I’ll buy it.

  6. Jim says:

    Man Dana’s gonna have some fun with this. Give Tito the edge…

  7. Ahahaha says:

    Gonna be a fun fight to watch… Both are washed up, but Tito has nothing left. Rampage by KTFO!

  8. asg says:

    I didn’t think it would be PPV but I was just gonna say! I would pay PPV to see this! I’m excited. All the people who are saying PPV seriously? Shut up, you know you want to see it too and your being fake to yourself.

  9. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    Bellator’s new Legends League. The UFC screwed up, they should have made this fight. It should be good for those interested in has beens,

  10. Daniel says:

    ANd this should be the undercard:

    Ken Shamrock vs Kimo
    Frank Shamrock vs Don Frye
    Tank Abbott vs Pedro Rizzo
    Mark Coleman vs Mark Kerr
    Battle for all the Geritol!!!!

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