Tito Ortiz vs. Alexander Shlemenko official for Bellator 120 pay-per-view (PPV) on May 17

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

"It's like Rocky IV, only this time it's for real!" --Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz will once again try to make his Bellator MMA debut.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight titleholder will face Bellator MMA middleweight kingpin Alexander Shlemenko, because reasons, at the promotion's inaugural pay-per-view (PPV) offering inside the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi, on May 17, 2014.

The announcement was made by Ortiz himself during the Bellator 116 event on Spike TV, just a few hours after "Storm" called him out using social media (watch the challenge here).

Ortiz (16-11) was expected to battle fellow UFC jetsam Quinton Jackson last November, but was forced to bow out after suffering a neck injury just a few weeks before the fight. In addition, "The People's Champion" is just 1-7-1 since his win over Ken Shamrock back in 2005 and at 39 years old, is quickly running out of time.

If he can't beat a middleweight, even one as talented as Shlemenko (50-7), it might be time to call it a career.

Bellator 120 will feature lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez defending his title against former division kingpin Michael Chandler. In the co-main event, Quinton Jackson will square off against Muhammed Lawal to complete the promotion's light heavyweight tournament.

For more on how this event came together click here.

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