Quinton Jackson is back in Bellator, and picked up a split-decision win over Satoshi Ishii over the weekend. When asked what will happen next for the 38-year-old at the post-fight press conference, a very familiar name popped up - Tito Ortiz. Jackson has been friends with Tito for many years, so he said he's not exactly thrilled about the idea of fighting him. But he would definitely do it if Tito wanted to:
"'King Mo' wants me to fight my boy Tito. He must really not like Tito. King Mo told me that if I fight Tito, then he'll fight Ishii, because I think that'll be a good fight, King Mo vs. Ishii. Because they both fight the same. Just sayin'.
"Tito, we were supposed to fight. I really didn't want to fight him then, but it's my job to fight. If Tito wants to fight, I think we'll come in and put on a good show. It'll suck to knock my friend out, but I gotta get a knockout. I gotta get a knockout. I've gotta knock somebody out. I've gotta knock somebody out. If Tito gets in the cage with me, you know I'm gonna try to knock him out. It would suck to beat up one of my friends, but if Tito wants to do it, then we can do it. If not, I ain't gonna cry."
As Rampage mentioned, Bellator set up a fight between himself and Ortiz at Bellator 106 in 2013. The bout was supposed to serve as the promotional debut for both men, and be the company's first pay-per-view. Ortiz was forced out of the bout with a neck injury just a week before the event though, and it was removed from PPV.
The company never looked to re-book that fight - until now, maybe.