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Bellator Announces Rampage Jackson Vs. Tito Ortiz Nov. 2nd
Newport Beach, CA. (Wednesday, July 31st) â€“ It was announced live inside the Bellator cage tonight that two of the biggest names in MMA Quinton â€œRampageâ€ Jackson and Tito â€œThe Peopleâ€™s Championâ€ Ortiz will meet in a light heavyweight battle live on PPV Saturday, November 2nd. The announcement was made with both Rampage and Tito inside the Bellator cage to a nationally televised audience on Spike TV at Bellator 97 inside The Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
â€œRampage vs. Titoâ€ will be held at Southern Californiaâ€™s Long Beach Arena, with tickets on sale at 10 AM PST this Saturday, August 3rd. Tickets can be purchased on Bellator.com, Ticketmaster.com, as well as at the Long Beach Arena Box Office.
â€œTo have two of the biggest names in MMA headline our first PPV is awesome,â€ Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. â€œRampage vs. Tito is a fight Iâ€™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 Bellatorâ€™s evolution. Theyâ€™re both re-energized, excited and ready for a war. This will be a great fight.â€
â€œHonestly, I feel like Iâ€™ve been re-born.,â€ Jackson said. â€œMy excitement, energy and aggression, itâ€™s all back and bigger than ever. I feel like a kid again. The Rampage youâ€™ll see Nov. 2nd will be better than any Rampage youâ€™ve ever seen. Everybody knows Tito and I have a very long history. Heâ€™s a former teammate and friend, and itâ€™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 doesnâ€™t exist when that cage door shuts. Iâ€™ve got a ton to prove on November 2nd, and unfortunately for Tito heâ€™s the guy I have to make an example of. Heâ€™s in my house now and Saturday, November 2nd on PPV, itâ€™s going to be a horrible night for Tito Ortiz.â€
â€œIâ€™m back,â€ Ortiz stated. â€œOver the last few years, my passion for MMA was completely killed, dealing with UFC politics and with Dana. I didnâ€™t have that drive to compete, my heart wasnâ€™t in it. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Iâ€™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. Iâ€™ve fought and beaten the very best in MMA history and on Nov. 2nd, Rampage will be the next huge win on my record. This is a new era for the Peopleâ€™s Champion.â€
Jackson arrived in Bellator in June as a former Pride and UFC champion, having last fought on Spike TV in September 2007, in a fight vs. Dan Henderson that drew nearly 6 million viewers, making it one of the most watched fights in the sportâ€™s history. In 2009, Jackson served as a coach on Spikeâ€™s â€œThe Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,â€ the highest-rated season by far in franchise history, delivering over 3 million viewers per week. Rampage joins a Bellator Light Heavyweight division that features â€œKing Moâ€, Emanuel Newton, Vladimir Matyushenko, Attila Vegh and now, Tito Ortiz.
Ortiz joins Bellator as a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and throughout his career has been one of the most recognizable and polarizing figures during his sixteen year career, fighting the likes of Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans and Ken Shamrock. A true MMA icon, Ortiz will now start a new chapter of his career fighting under the Bellator banner beginning on November 2nd.
More information regarding Bellatorâ€™s first PPV will be made available in the coming weeks. A press conference with Rampage and Ortiz will take place on Monday, August 5th. Information regarding the press conference will be available shortly.
For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA
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