During the legal battles in court with Eddie Alvarez, Bellator said they could match the UFC’s offer to their former lightweight champion as they were close to making a PPV happen. The PPV is official, but Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney claims it had nothing to do with Alvarez.
It was Rebney’s past association with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tito Ortiz that led to creating a main event that the Bellator boss had dreamed about.
“The decision and the determination to do this pay-per-view had absolutely nothing to do with Ed,” said Rebney to MMA Mania. “The decision to do this pay-per-view was based on my relationship with Rampage and my eight-year-long relationship with Tito and the ability to put together an awesome main event that I — as a fan — wanted to see.”
It will be the first PPV attempt by Bellator. Since their inception, about five years ago, they’ve jumped around on networks before signing a deal with Spike TV that began in January.
Rebney has promised a stacked main card of championship fights for the PPV. When it pertains to gold, already announced is lightweight champ Michael Chandler vs. Alvarez and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton for the interim light heavyweight championship.
Bellator 106 prelims will air on Spike TV before the PPV starts. It hails from the Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA on November 2.