Rampage to Fight Tito in First Bellator PPV
Rumours were rampant that Rampage Jackson would fight Roy Jones Jr in a PPV boxing match. Even UFC president Dana White had commented on that bout. However, Bellator MMA surprised everyone on tonight’s Bellator 97 telecast by announcing that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson would face Tito Ortiz on November 2 in the promotion’s first PPV event.
The fight will by Jackson’s first since leaving the UFC on the heels of three consecutive losses – his last to Glover Teixeira. However, Jackson says he was rejuvenated. He said, he was “happy to be back on Spike TV, training hard, back motivated. I found my love for MMA again, now that I am with a reputable company that knows how to treat its fighters.”
Like Rampage, Tito Ortiz is coming into this fight after losing three consecutive losses in the UFC – his last to Forrest Griffin. The UFC Hall of Famer said “It was time to push the friendship aside and give the fan’s what they want to see.”
Jackson replied, “It’s going to be one of the best fight’s in history.”
The Bellator PPV will be held in the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California.