Bellator's First PPV To Air On Armed Forces Network
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.06.2013
Big news for those fighting overseas...
MMA Junkie reports that Bellator's first ever PPV, ("Bellator: Rampage vs. Tito") will air on the Armed Forces Network. The network airs on over 175 countries to one million service members. Bellator 106 takes place on November 2 at the Long Beach Arena in California. Along with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz, it also features lightweight champion Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez, featherweight champion Pat Curran vs. Daniel Strauss and an interim light heavyweight championship fight between Muhammed Lawal and Emmanuel Newton. It's unknown as of yet if the event will be live or on tape delay on the AFN.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said: "Bellator means 'warrior,' and the finest warriors in the world today are the brave American men and women who put their lives on the line every day to defend and protect our way of life – they are the true heroes. We've been airing on the American Forces Network since 2010, and the response from our service men and women has always been tremendous. It's an honor to be able to bring this pay-per-view to those serving our country."
The fight between Jackson and Ortiz ended up stopping a proposed boxing match between Jackson and Roy Jones Jr. Jackson and Ortiz trained together in Southern California whle working for PRIDE and UFC. Jackson (32-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) had his final UFC fight in January, a loss by unanimous decision to Glover Teixeira. Ortiz (16-11-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) finished his career with a loss via unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin at UFC 148 in July 2012.
Ortiz has worked with the armed forces before, visiting them three times on USO tours with seminars and signings. Jackson has visited Marines at Camp Pendelton in Southern California. Bellator's deal with the AFN runs through the end of the year. Their season 9 events will also be shown on the network.
Corey Slutsky, chief of AFN sports programming, added: "Having the inaugural pay-per-view event on our AFN schedule will be a tremendous morale boost to our Bellator MMA fans."