Tito Ortiz suffered and injury on training that has forced him to withdraw from his upcoming Light Heavyweight showdown against Quinton Jackso, which was supposed to headline Bellator 106 from Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif., on Nov. 2, 2013.
With the pay-per-view (PPV) event little more than one week out, it's unclear at this time if the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion will be able to plug-in a suitable replacement on such short notice.
And if it can't, Bellator might be compelled to scrap its first-ever PPV and move the show to Spike TV.
MMAFighting.com breaks the bad news:
Tito Ortiz suffered a neck injury in training which will keep him out of next weekend's fight against Quinton Jackson, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Bellator is currently seeking a replacement for Ortiz, and it is unclear at this time whether Jackson will remain on the Nov. 2 card. There is a chance next weekend's pay-per-view card turns into a Spike show with Jackson being moved to another event.
It's been a mixed bag for Bellator's inaugural PPV card so far. Critics and fans have been dogging it for the main event for which few had asked and weren't really looking forward to. However, VIACOM and SPIKE TV have both been pushing it heavily for more than one month on their networks, so it might have generated a reasonable turnout.
Well, hopefully they do. Bellator could bring in a late-replacement (Vladimir Matyushenko?) or cancel it (I wonder how that plays out with Alvarez's contract situation), but at this point, the best we can hope for is that it puts what little promotional muscle it has left into hyping up two legitimate top Lightweight stars in this sport like they deserve and not two over-the-hill veterans.
Dana White's reaction was classic Dana
Oh boy KARMA is a BITCH :)— Dana White (@danawhite) October 25, 2013