When Tito Ortiz withdrew from his Bellator 106 bout against Rampage Jackson, many saw it as a setback for Bellator; their main event was effectively ruined. The promotion wasted no time in adjusting. They hastily cancelled their PPV arrangements and moved the event over to Spike TV for free. They also replaced the main event with Chandler vs Alvarez II, and to the surprise of many, the event turned out to be a huge success.
Bellator 106 was the most watched event in the promotion’s entire history, aggregating a total of 1.1 million viewers on Spike TV. That made it the most watched mixed martial arts event on TV for this fall.
Of course, the always outspoken UFC President Dana White wasn’t too happy about his rival company achieving remarkable success. White immediately took to Twitter to jab at Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.
“I’m hearing Djork oops Bjork got served a big fat plate of Karma tonight 🙂 Congrats Eddie!!”
Rebney responded inkind:
“@danawhite If Fight of the Year & 10 times better ratings than you did on your last televised show is Karma, bring me another plate.”
Ouch. Looks like the UFC might have a competitor in its U.S. market.
Rebney also responded to a fan regarding his infamous head-shake after the Alvarez-Chandler decision.
“@dredgXIX Yep, shook my head because I couldn’t believe people booed that fight decision. Incredible display of skill & courage by both men.”
White saw an opportunity and took more shots at his rival via Sportsnet UFC Central.
“I have no comment on that. When I sent that karma text, everybody knows what I was talking about. He tried to f–k this kid, and then he loses. What was he shaking his head about if he was so f–king pumped about his evening? If his evening was that wonderful and he was so pumped about it, why was he back there shaking his head and looked like he wanted to f–king kill himself?”
As you can see, White has always had a reputation for being a very eloquent speaker.
Bellator’s next event will also air on Spike TV, and will be held on November 8th in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The main event features heavyweights Cheick Kongo and Peter Graham.
If Bellator 107 does as well as 106, we can probably expect to see more middle school verbal battles between MMA promoters via Twitter.