Tito Ortiz will emerge from self-imposed mixed martial arts (MMA) retirement to fight good friend and former training partner Quinton Jackson on the first-ever Bellator pay-per-view (PPV) that is planned for Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif., on Nov. 2, 2013.
"Rampage" made the shocking announcement during the Bellator 97 broadcast this evening (July 31, 2013), which emanated from Santa Ana Star Casino in Rio Rancho, N.M., using a rumored boxing match against Roy Jones Jr. as a decoy prior to introducing "Huntington Beach Bad Boy."
"I'm training hard, I'm motivated. I found my love for MMA again now that I'm with a reputable company that knows how to treat its fighters. It's on! Don't believe everything you read on the Internet -- I don't know how that rumor ever got so big, but, you know, I'm down to fight Roy -- I'm a big fan of his. He's one of the best boxers ... he's the man. I've seen him knockout guys without even using his hands! 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."
Cue Ortiz, who walked out of the dressing room in his full get up to declare:
"I've fought the best of the best in the world -- I've been fighting for a long, long time. Rampage, too. We've trained with each other, been friends for a long time, but it's time to put the friendship aside. It's about giving the fans what they want, and the best fight possible is going to happen here in Bellator