Boy, today has been a doozy of a day.
First came the breaking news that Tito Ortiz – who was set to headline Bellator’s first-ever pay-per-view card on November 2 – had injured his neck and was out of his match-up against fellow UFC vet Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. That lead to this immediate Twitter response from Dana White (which, really, is par for the course, but entertaining nonethless).
Oh boy KARMA is a BITCH
— Dana White (@danawhite) October 25, 2013
Then came about a half an hour of wild speculation and jokes on Twitter, such as:
BREAKING: A tiny Dana White has actually been inside of Tito, operating him for god knows how long.
— Jason Nawara (@JasonNawara) October 25, 2013
Conspiracy Theory: Tito's injury was planned all along to bend Bellator over the counter and sodomize Viacom (no lube).
— Bauzen (@Bauzen) October 25, 2013
— Josh Gross (@JoshGrossESPN) October 25, 2013
Typically the best moments from MMA promotions who try and compete with the UFC are their hilarious downfalls, which stem from going to PPV.
— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) October 25, 2013
Seriously, this is way more exciting than an actual fight between Tito and Rampage. Bellator should book other absurd fights and cancel them
— Jonathan Snowden (@mmaencyclopedia) October 25, 2013
Then came the conference call, hosted by Bellator frontman Bjorn Rebney, which announced that Ortiz has indeed fractured his neck, and the November 2 show would now be on SpikeTV for free, with the eagerly-anticipated rematch between Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez as the main event.
Tough break (pun intended) for Ortiz, but this is really the best-case scenario for Bellator (who was likely going to lose a ton of dough on this pay-per-view pipedream), SpikeTV (who gets a monster show next Saturday night) and the fans. Are any of you cheap bastards going to watch this event now that it’s free?
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