Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz was recently forced to withdraw from his scheduled Bellator 106 bout with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson due to a fractured neck. Since withdrawing, Bellator has cancelled their PPV arrangement and moved the showing to Spike TV.
Although the nature of his injury is very serious, Ortiz has indicated that he will make a quick recovery and return to training very soon.
Ortiz recently posted on Twitter:
“Ppl I will have 100% recovery & will be back n the gym in 6 weeks.I’m a fighter & I love competition. I was doing great n training but accident do happen. Just time to reshuffle the deck & deal another hand. #positiveminded”
Once upon a time in MMA history, Ortiz was one of the most feared ground and pound fighters on the planet. As of now, Ortiz has only been victorious in one of his last nine fights. His only victory since defeating Ken Shamrock in 2006, was a submission win over Ryan Bader in 2011.
The thirty-eight year old has suffered a laundry list of injuries in the past. This recent neck injury is just another brick on his chest.
It is unclear who his opponent will be after he is cleared to train again.