“There will be pay-per-views under the Bellator banner,” said company CEO Bjorn Rebney on Friday.
The first of those pay-per-views, however, will not occur on Nov. 2 as expected. Rebney had the unfortunate task of announcing on Friday that the company’s first pay-per-view, Rampage vs. Tito, was derailed due to main eventer Tito Ortiz suffering a fractured neck.
Instead of trying to do some patchwork to keep Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on the card, Rebney said that he and his partners at Spike TV decided that, at this juncture, it would make more sense for them to cancel the pay-per-view. They will instead offer the remainder of the card, which features three championship fights, for free on Spike TV.
So what does that mean for Rampage, who was set to headline the pay-per-view and just saw weeks of preparation flushed down the drain?
If Rebney has his way, it means that instead of making his promotional debut on pay-per-view, Rampage will be fighting for fans on Spike TV, preferably before then end of the promotion’s current season.
“With Rampage, my hope is that we can get him fighting within the next three weeks,” said Rebney. “In a perfect world scenario, one that would make us all very happy, he would fight on Spike TV before everybody sits down for Thanksgiving dinner.”
Bellator 109, on Nov. 22, is the final event of the company’s current season. With Rampage currently in fighting shape, Rebney would like to somehow fit him in the schedule in one of the final three events of the season.
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