Bellator has just run into its worst nightmare. Tito Ortiz, one half of their headline event for the promotion’s debut PPV card, has been injured and can no longer compete.
Ortiz reportedly suffered a neck injury in training, just eight days before the Long Beach event.
According to MMA Fighting, Bellator is currently seeking a replacement for Ortiz, but there is some uncertainty as to whether or not Jackson will still compete. Bellator may opt to turn the November 2 show into a Spike TV event, and move Jackson to another event.
Ortiz hinted at the incident earlier today, tweeting an image that read: “I know everything happens for a reason, but sometimes I wish I knew what that reason was,” along with a caption reading “Sometimes I wonder why?”
No matter what they decide on, Bellator is in some hot water. This card was their first attempt at a PPV, and was supposed to send a big statement to fans and competitors, namely the UFC. Without Ortiz vs Jackson, they arguably don’t have enough names that can do much to draw in the numbers they need.