When Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney was making the main event for the promotion’s debut on PPV, he did it in the form of a fan. He ended-up going with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz.
“We targeted him specifically with a ‘Rampage’ pay-per-view in mind,” said Rebney to USA TODAY Sports. “I just took off the CEO hat and put on the fan hat. Of the epic battles that I wanted to see that I never got a chance to see, ‘Rampage’-Tito was number one on my list – a great fight that I never got to see.”
Both light heavyweights will compete in Bellator for the first time.
Jackson is a former middleweight champion for PRIDE and light heavyweight one for the UFC. The sometimes Hollywood actor signed a deal with Spike TV that allowed him to be active on several of their shows. Before Ortiz came into the picture, Jackson was preparing for a boxing match with Roy Jones Jr.
Ortiz is a UFC hall of famer who retired last year. He’s tied the UFC record for most light heavyweight title defenses with five. Ortiz had been hinting the last few weeks that he could be coming out of retirement.
The two veterans headline Bellator 106. The November 2 PPV comes from the Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA.