Bellator Announces Rampage Jackson Vs. Tito Ortiz Nov. 2nd

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Newport Beach, CA. (Wednesday, July 31st) – It was announced live inside the Bellator cage tonight that two of the biggest names in MMA Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tito “The People’s Champion” 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.

“Rampage vs. Tito” will be held at Southern California’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.

“To have two of the biggest names in MMA headline our first PPV is awesome,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “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.”

“Honestly, I feel like I’ve been re-born.,” Jackson said. “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,” Ortiz stated. “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. This is a new era for the People’s Champion.”

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 sport’s history. In 2009, Jackson served as a coach on Spike’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” 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 “King Mo”, 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 Bellator’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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001993502995 James Henry

    What a joke hahahaga

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688183646 Chad Fisher

    Bellator is now officially a laughing stock!! Way to ruin a good thing by signing washed up bums!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000147770550 Chris Haarman

    Cry for $ if I ever heard

  • http://www.paulmisner.com Paul Misner

    Come on, it’s going to be a solid card.

    You got Tito and Rampage.
    Co-main event is Heath Herring versus Tank Abbott
    Phil Baroni versus Ken Shamrock.
    Crocop versus Cyborg
    Goodrich versus Rutten

    Sponsors are Bosley Labs, Progene® All-Natural Testosterone Support, and Lifecall.

    Showtime is 5:30 Eastern, because those guys can’t stay up too late.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8109239 Steve Safranek

    Hahahahahahahaha the battle of the bad backs and attitudes. Winner gets a free month of service from a PR firm and hot meal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1220491133 Brian McCracken

    I would love to see all of the haters on here to step in with just half of one of these guys. Idiots

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1508277891 Steven Murphy

    Just an FYI. This will NOT be a fight in the octagon. This is going to be where both men sit down with microphones and see who can complain and make the most excuses. Either way, I still feel like I should be paid to watch this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=63901181 Ryan Barnhart

    Tito has no chance….Unfortunately its on ppv and who wants to pay for a headliner fight like this? Not this guy…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001104571084 Josue Swey Montes

    Nice. Ill watch this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1628004065 Gary Bailey

    I think its a good fight for Bellator to put on… Just not ppv worthy. Both fighters are normally gassed after the first round. Who wants to pay to see that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001815770426 Matt Holland

    If they’re headlining and this is ppv then this might be “hellasnores” biggest disappointment yet. Bjorn Rebney is such a fu!$ing joke!!!! This asshole copy’s the ufc with his stupid new show and takes all of the fighters that aren’t good enough for the big show anymore, and tries to pawn them off like the best. Bellator SUCKS!

  • JuggNuttz

    i would be excited about this, if it were 2007…..

  • Jacques Gauthier

    I agree and disagree. Many fans are wanna be fighters. But fans are customers and professional fighters are the product.