Bellator 106 No Longer A PPV, But Is That Really Such A Bad Thing?


When news broke that Tito Ortiz’ long-standing neck injury had put the kibosh on his scheduled November 2 bout with “Rampage” Jackson, Bellator’s inaugural pay-per-view quickly went up in smoke.

The big name recognition that Ortiz and “Rampage” garner was gone, and so was the event’s drawing ability. However, it was announced that the lightweight title rematch between Michael Chandler and the man he took it from, Eddie Alvarez, was still on and set to headline Bellator 106, which now air live on Spike TV for free.

In a roundabout sense, it actually works out well for MMA fans, who were largely on the fence about actually paying to watch Bellator.

Now, they won’t have to.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney addressed the issue to MMA Mania soon after the whole fracas erupted, making a good point that there are still some top-level bouts left for the once-historical card:

“I’ve said it since the day we announced the fight that Rampage vs. Tito was a fight I had wanted to see for years, and it’s unfortunately something I’m going to have to continue to wait to see. After sitting down with our team and partners, the decision was obvious: Give the greatest MMA fans on earth this amazing show live and free on Spike. Our fans have been incredible to us and I’m thrilled to be able to give them this great card on the greatest network in MMA, Spike! Chandler vs. Alvarez II, Mo vs. Newton II and Curran vs. Strauss II are all unbelievable fights.  This is going to be a great, great night.”

Indeed it will be great to watch “King Mo” lock horns once again with light heavyweight tourney winner Emanuel Newtown, who put Lawal’s lights out with an incredible spinning back in their first bout. And Pat Curran is a dangerous featherweight who deserves to be showcased.

But to shell out your hard-earned money, especially when there are some seriously hard-hitting UFC PPVs set to pop off, is a bit of a stretch. Sure, Ortiz and Jackson were once kings of the 205-pound hill, but that ship sailed long ago. Really the only thing they had left to offer the MMA world was their names, because injuries have long since ravaged their bodies. Ortiz has some obviously serious neck issues; “Rampage” has gone through hell and back to get his knees back to fighting shape.

Bellator may have gotten a bit too big for their britches. Now they won’t have the chance to find out if it was the right move or not, but maybe that will work out best for the fans and the promotion.

Chandler is one of the finest lightweights fighting today; Alvarez isn’t far behind. Their November 2011 classic rates as possibly one of the best MMA fights of all time, and they definitely have the potential to repeat it.

The fans should be treated to an awesome event on November 2. It’s just better that they didn’t have to buy another PPV to see it. That could have truly created some serious cases of buyers’ remorse when November 3 came around. 

  • Yes!!!

  • Bellator saved from a PPV humiliation..

    • yea but doesn't this mean Bellator didn't match Eddie's pay? I thought his argument was the matching of Revenue from Spike to UFC's PPV was his case for being able to leave so they made a PPV and put him on it

      • True but there's a new deal in place now, if he loses he can walk if he wins he has to take on 1 more fight to defend the belt (probably rematch). Kind of ***** cause that means we won't see him in the UFC til probably next Summer.

  • Agreed

  • +1 to what Enjoylife321 said.

  • Is anyone really surprised?? I'm sure Dana isn't and I bet he doesn't even give a ****. I wasn't going to buy their PPV anyway so now maybe I watch.

  • Hope you get better Tito you weenerhead. Dropping Jenna was the best thing you could have done. I saw her recently promoting her 2nd book, and she was on TV drugged out of her mind. I guess Tito wasn't lying about here Oxycodone addiction. She was a total mess and now has botched plastic surgery as well. Scary looking. From what I've seen, he's the one taking care of his kids too.

    • @entity….LOL…I started reading the first sentence thinking entity is throwing out some love for Tito then comes the "WEENERHEAD" label….!lol

      I saw the interview of Jenna and she seems to be pretty fuked up on drugs.

      • lol, I guess internal guilt from screwing 1/2 of California will do that too you…and questions like "Mommy what made you famous?" hahha

        • Stewie…that was freaking hilarious. …screwed half of

          Mommy, what made you famous…lol

          Too much, man.

  • Will Tito and Jenna please just get off of TV

    • lol, Jenna has been "on" just about everything at one time or another.

    • In an era of BS reality TV, I'm shocked the two of them didn't get a network deal and put it on on air.