Bellator 106 was supposed to mark the promotion's first ever PPV event, with former UFC champions Quinton Jackson and Tito Ortiz in the night's main event. Unfortunately for them, those plans were derailed following Ortiz's neck injury, and now the PPV is simply a Spike TV show. Rampage is off the card while the rematch between lightweight champion Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez. Today Bellator announced Rampage's new debut opponent, and it's former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight Joey Beltran:
Beltran (14-9, 1 NC) was cut from the UFC for a 2nd time in as many years following a split decision loss to Fabio Maldonado at UFC Fight Night 29 in Brazil earlier this month. The 31-year-old is best known for his willingness to brawl and his ability to absorb punishment. At light heavyweight, Beltran holds a record of 1-2 (1 NC), with a win against Igor Pokrajac overturned to a "no contest" following his failed drug test.
Jackson (32-11) signed a multi-year deal with Bellator and TNA Wrestling following a loss to Glover Teixeira in his final UFC fight. The Teixeira bout marked his 3rd successive loss, having previously never dropped consecutive bouts in his MMA career.
Bellator 108 will be held in Atlantic City, New Jesey on November 15th. The night's main card, which also includes a middleweight title fight between Alexander Shlemenko and Doug Marshall, will be televised on Spike TV.
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