It would seem that Bellator officials approached Tito Ortiz about the former UFC light heavyweight champion stepping in and replacing Kimbo Slice at Bellator 158 next month.
Slice passed away Monday night, just about a month away from his planned bout with James Thompson in London, England. Previous reports have indicated that the event will remain on-schedule, airing live on Spike TV.
Ortiz last fought in September, losing to Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary. He has gone 2-1 overall with Bellator.