On November 2nd, Bellator will dive into the Pay-Per-View MMA scene with as stacked of a card they can deliver. The main event will be between two legends of the sport: Tito Ortiz vs Rampage Jackson. Bellator has been pushing this fight very hard, but most hardcore fans realize that both these men are well past their fighting primes. Tito Ortiz has won 1 fight in the last 7 years. Rampage, on the other hand, has lost three in a row. Hopefully both men will come out and put on a great show to silence the critics.
The co-main event is arguably the fight that should be headlining, but casual fans may not know Chandler and Alvarez. If you have not seen the first scrap that Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler had, go watch it now. If the rematch is half as good as their first fight, Bellator would be delighted. Back in 2011, Eddie Alvarez was the Bellator Lightweight champion. Michael Chandler had just won the Lightweight Tournament for his shot at Alvarez and the belt. The fight was an absolute war that ended with Chandler defeating Alvarez in the 4th with a rear-naked choke.
There are two more belts on the line that night in Bellator. King Mo will attempt to erase his lost to Emanuel Newton when the two fight for the Interim Light-Heavyweight title. When King Mo made his Bellator debut, everyone thought he would tear through the competition in Bellator’s Light-Heavyweight tournament. In the semi-finals, King Mo shockingly lost to Newton who uncorked an enormous spinning back fist thats sent Mo crashing to the canvas unconscious. That fight was one of the most shocking knock outs, and biggest upsets of the year. After reeling off two wins in a row, King Mo will look to avenge his loss on the PPV.
The other belt on the line is Pat Curran’s Featherweight title. Curran will take on Season 6 tournament winner, Daniel Straus. The fight was originally scheduled to take place at Bellator 95, but Straus had to pull out due to a broken hand. Unbeknownst to many fight fans, this fight will actually be a rematch. The two met back in 2009 at an XFO event, where Curran knocked out Straus in the second round. Curran has been an absolute beast in the Bellator cage, with his only loss coming to Eddie Alvarez back when he was still a Lightweight. Daniel Straus is no slouch, however, and this fight should be a great battle.
The fight to open up the PPV card will be the Heavyweight Tournament Finals between Cheick Kongo and Vinicius Spartan. Spartan is coming off a 23 second KO of former UFC Heavyweight, Lavar Johnson. He will be facing another former UFC Heavyweight in Cheick Kongo, who himself is coming off a TKO victory over Mark Godbeer. The winner of this fight will have the next shot at Bellator Heavyweight Champion, Alexander Volkov.
Here is the Pay-per-view main card:
- Rampage Jackson (32-11) vs. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1)
- Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (12-0) vs. Eddie Alvarez (24-3)
- Light Heavyweight Interim Title Fight: King Mo Lawal (11-2) vs. Emanuel Newton (21-7-1)
- Featherweight Title Fight: Pat Curran (19-4) vs. Daniel Straus (21-4)
- Heavyweight Tournament Finals: Cheick Kongo (19-8) vs. Vinicius Spartan (7-3)