While an injury may have taken Ortiz out of Bellator’s attempt at having him headline a PPV opposite Jackson, that doesn’t mean the organization isn’t interested in having the high-profile pairing take place next year. Factor in the likelihood of Alvarez-Chandler III going down in the next six months, as well as Straus-Curran III, and it’s like the Bellator 102 fiasco was more of a test run than anything else. There also aren’t a lot of options for Jackson or Ortiz outside of each other and Mo Lawal. Neither is going to enter a tournament or challenge for a title so “super-fights” are really all Bellator can offer.
Now that Bellator wrapped up Season 9 with a big shiny bow just in time for the holidays, it’s time to take a look forward at what should be coming down the road in early 2014. It’s impossible to know how things will unfold for sure but there certainly some probable projections based on the company’s current climate. In short, rematches and familiar faces are likely to dominate the scene. Here’s a little more detail in both regards… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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