Roy Jones Jr. was in the house at Bellator 97, as was Quinton Jackson, but in the end it wasn’t a bout between the two the organization announced. Rather, “Rampage” will take on fellow former UFC champion Tito Ortiz when Bellator gives PPV a go on November 2. Ortiz came down to the cage and faced off with Jackson, promising the public a show worthy of the fighters’ history in the sport.
“I feel like I’ve been re-born. My excitement, energy and aggression, it’s all back and bigger than ever. I feel like a kid again,” said Jackson in an ensuing press release from the promotion. “The ‘Rampage’ you’ll see November 2 will be better than any ‘Rampage’ you’ve ever seen.”
Jackson also assured fans his friendship with Ortiz won’t interfere with his desire to destroy him.
“Everybody knows Tito and I have a very long history. He’s a former teammate and friend, and it’s one of the reasons I stayed away from the UFC as long as I did. But, I want to be very clear; any sort of friendship we once had doesn’t exist when that cage door shuts,” stated the hard-hitting showman. “I’ve got a ton to prove on November 2, and unfortunately for Tito he’s the guy I have to make an example of. He’s in my house now and Saturday, November 2nd on PPV, it’s going to be a horrible night for Tito Ortiz.”
No other bouts were announced for the show, slated to unfold in Long Beach, California.
The 16-11-1 Ortiz is in the midst of a nasty losing streak but does own past wins over Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, and Ryan Bader. The 38-year old announced his retirement last summer but apparently got the itch to compete again after healing up. Meanwhile, “Rampage” is 32-11 with fourteen knockouts to his credit and career highlights against Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, and Dan Henderson.