Apparently, the dust has finally settled from the hot rumor that Rampage Jackson would be going up against Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match to be distributed through Bellator’s first PPV event this year. Instead of the famed boxer vs. the former UFC star now it will be “The People’s Champ” Tito Ortiz himself fighting Rampage Jackson in (what we are assuming) will be an all out MMA fight fest.
This news comes straight from the horses mouth during a surprise visit at Bellator 97 this past Wednesday. Interestingly Tito has made a been following Rampages footsteps first into TNA Wrestling (say what you will about that ‘”sport”) and now into Bellator through a PPV premier event.
The real question remains, does anyone really care? Both these fighters are very close to aging out of their status as prime contenders for any serious wins. Is this just a way for Bellator to attract viewership through a token performance by well known athletes or is this going to be a serious fight between two seasoned pros? We suppose the audience will have to decide for themselves. If this all holds up, it will be very interesting to see just how big an audience that PPV event will pull in for Bellator.
We frankly welcome the competition as it will make UFC work harder for their PPV events but if this is a total miss fire on Bellator’s part it could cost the promotion a great deal of credibility among MMA fans.