Injured Ortiz out of Bellator bout with Rampage Jackson

The Canadian Press

10/25/2013 6:27:06 PM

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Bellator has shifted its first planned pay-per-view event to free TV in the wake of an injury to Tito (The People's Champion) Ortiz that has scrapped the main event.

Ortiz was to have fought Quinton (Rampage) Jackson on Nov. 2 in Long Beach, Calif., in a matchup of former UFC light-heavyweight champions. But on Friday, Bellator announced that Ortiz had suffered a neck injury.

The card will now be shown live on Spike TV with a main event featuring a rematch of Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler and title-holder Eddie Alvarez. The card will also include an interim light-Heavyweight title fight between Muhammed (King Mo) Lawal and Emanuel Newton, and a featherweight championship bout between Pat Curran and Daniel Straus.

"I've said it since the day we announced the fight that Rampage vs. Tito was a fight I had wanted to see for years, and it's unfortunately something I'm going to have to continue to wait to see," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a statement.