Bellator's November 2 PPV cancelled, moved to Spike TV after Tito Ortiz suffers fractured neck

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Tito Ortiz's neck injury has forced the Bellator pay-per-view to be cancelled and moved to Spike TV.

Bellator is doing a bit of damage control in the wake of Tito Ortiz withdrawing from his Bellator pay-per-view bout with Quinton Jackson the promotion has moved the event off of PPV. On a conference call, Bjorn Rebney said that Ortiz suffered a "fractured neck" and can not compete without potential "dire consequences."

He followed up by stating that the event has been moved from pay-per-view and to Spike TV. That means that Spike will show Alvarez vs. Chandler 2 for the lightweight title, King Mo vs. Newton 2 for the interim light heavyweight champ and Curran vs. Straus 2 for the featherweight title live on November 2. Turning a bad situation into a tremendous "free" event.

Current 205 pound champ Attila Vegh was apparently contacted as a backup plan in case of an injury to the main event fighters but nothing came of the situation.

The executives on the call stressed that Tito Ortiz wanted to fight but the doctors said that he could end up paralyzed.

Bjorn and Kevin Kay also stated that there will be Bellator PPV events in the future.

Update: They offered some clarification on the Vegh situation. Vegh was "back in training" and was basically standing by as a "just in case" with two light heavyweight fights on the card. But they were thinking more in terms of if Mo or Newton got hurt.

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