Dana White Previews “The Fighters” And Says He “Used To Beat The Living S**t Out Of Tito Ortiz (Video)

UFC President Dana White spoke last night at a media screening of his reality show, “The Fighters” in which White is the executive producer. White, executive producer of this show and The Ultimate Fighter Craig Piligian, and famed boxing trainer Peter Welch describe the background of the show, why they chose Boston for the show, a stabbing incident led to a person being off the show, his amateur boxing career, the backstory behind the proposed boxing match with Tito Ortiz and much more in this two part video below.

You can watch “The Fighters” tonight starting at 9 p.m. ET on the Discovery Channel.

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Tito Ortiz Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI

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Early this morning, UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was arrested on suspicion of DUI. KTLA News in Los Angeles first reported the news from the California Highway Patrol that Ortiz was arrested at approximately 4:00 a.m. after crashing his 2012 Porsche Panamera into a median on a California’s I-405 expressway near Sepulveda and Santa Monica boulevards going northbound.

The Highway Patrol also stated in a press release that Ortiz had two passengers in the vehicle and no one was injured. The vehicle suffered minor damage. Ortiz was taken to the LAPD-77th Division and booked on $15,000 bail until his release at approximately 8:13 a.m. Monday.

Ortiz signed with Bellator last summer and was supposed to make his debut in November of last year against Rampage Jackson. Ortiz though had to bow out of the fight with a neck injury.

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Rampage Jackson’s Bellator Debut Proves To Be A Ratings Success

rampage bellator 108A lot of buzz was surrounding the Bellator debut of former UFC light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson this past Friday at Bellator 108. Jackson was supposed to make his debut for the organization at Bellator 106 on November 2nd against Tito Ortiz, but Ortiz had to bow out of the fight due to a neck injury. Ortiz was replaced by Joey Beltran.

Bellator 108 drew an average of 793,000 viewers, which was the second highest rating of the season behind Bellator 106 featuring the Michael Chandler vs Eddie Alvarez lightweight title fight. The Jackson vs Beltran fight drew 1.1 million viewers with the fight peaking at 1.2 million viewers. The fight had Jackson defeating Beltran by knockout with seconds remaining in the first round.

The last Bellator event of the season takes place on Friday night in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with a main event of Alexander Shlemenko vs Doug Marshall for the Bellator middleweight title and two tournament finals featuring Will Brooks vs Alexander Sarnavskiy in the lightweight final and Rick Hawn vs Ron Keslar in the welterweight tournament final.

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Rampage Jackson Knocks Out Joey Beltran (Video)

The question going into Bellator 108 was whether Quinton “Rampage” Jackson still had something left to offer the MMA world. Jackson had lost his last three fights in the UFC before becoming a free agent and signing with Bellator.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion was supposed to face Tito Ortiz on November 2, but Ortiz had to bow out of the fight due to injury. Stepping in for Ortiz was UFC veteran Joey Beltran with the fight taking place last night.

Jackson looked solid in the fight mixing in leg kicks, controlling the cage and landing jabs and hooks. With about 20 seconds Jackson landed a knee, got Beltran against the cage and then landed a left hook/right hook combination with the referee stopping the fight with one second left in the first round.

Watch the video highlights of the fight at the video stream.

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Bellator 106 Sets A Ratings Record, Will Re-Air Chandler vs Alvarez II Friday Night

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When Tito Ortiz had to pull out of his main event fight against “Rampage” Jackson, Bellator decided to move the Bellator 106 to Spike TV. The question was, could it deliver with its headlining fight gone? The answer was a resounding yes. It was announced per a press release from Spike TV that Bellator 106: Eddie Alvarez versus Michael Chandler II delivered 1.1 million viewers (9:00pm-12:45am), the most-watched in Bellator event history and the most watched mixed martial arts show on television this fall.

The “Chandler-Alvarez II” fight card peaked at 1.4 million viewers at 11:17pm and reached its high mark with Men 18-49 with a 1.1 rating for the Alvarez-Chandler bout. The telecast also ranked #2 in cable in its timeslot with Men 18-49.

The main event had Alvarez defeating Chandler to regain the Bellator lightweight title. A lot of fans complained that due to the event being so long and DVR’s cut off after a certain point, Bellator is going to re-air the entire Chandler vs Alvarez fight on Spike TV starting at 8 p.m. ET. That will be an hour before Bellator 107, which will feature the main event of Cheick Kongo battling Peter Graham.

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“Rampage” Jackson To Headline Bellator 108 Against Joey Beltran

It didn’t take long for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to have a new opponent. Bellator announced today that Jackson will headline Bellator 108 against UFC veteran Joey Beltran.

Jackson was scheduled to headline this Saturday’s Bellator 106 event against Tito Ortiz in the company’s first pay-per-view outing, but Ortiz had to bow out of the fight on Friday with a fractured neck. “Rampage” was thankful that Beltran stepped up to the plate on short notice.

“I want to thank Joey Beltran for stepping up for the fight so I can get my first Bellator victory out of the way,” Rampage said. “He’ll have the unfortunate honor of taking the ass whooping I was going to give Tito. My body is in incredible shape right now. I feel like I did in PRIDE, and Joey Beltran is the right guy to put on an exciting fight and showcase what I’ve been working on.”

Beltran will be making his Bellator debut last competed three weeks ago at UFC Fight Night 29, where he lost to Fabio Maldonando by unanimous decision. “Mexicutioner” was released from the UFC shortly after that.

Bellator 108 takes place on Friday, November 15 from the Ovation Hall at Revel Atlantic City. The main card airs on Spike TV. Here is the full lineup for the show.

MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
-,Joey Beltran vs. Quinton Jackson
- Alexander Shlemenko vs. Doug Marshall – for Bellator middleweight title
- Patricio Freire vs. Justin Wilcox – Season 9 featherweight tournament final
- Marcos Galvao vs. Tom McKenna
- Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Dante Rivera
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 6:30 p.m. ET)
- Chip Moraza-Pollard vs. Sam Oropeza
- Tom DeBlass vs. Jason Lambert
- Will Martinez vs. Kevin Roddy
- Liam McGeary vs. Najim Wali
- Kenny Foster vs. Anthony Morrison
- Ryan Cafaro vs. Dan Matala
- Sergio da Silva vs. Rob Sullivan

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“Rampage” Jackson Feels Bad For Tito Ortiz, Will Fight Anyone Including Tyrone Spong

We reported yesterday Tito Ortiz is out of his main event fight next Saturday at Bellator 106 against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson due to a fractured neck. Bellator did a conference call announcing the card would shift from pay-per-view to Spike TV. Jackson made a statement last night on Twitter feeling bad for Ortiz.

“Rampage” then went on Inside MMA on AXS TV and said he talked to Ortiz and felt bad about the injury.

“I hope Tito has a speedy recovery,” Jackson said. “I know how it is when you’re a warrior and you’ve been injured. Hell, I’ve been injured my last two fights. It’s not a pretty sight. It’s really hard.”

Jackson he was ready to fight anybody at anytime and was wished Bellator would have kept the PPV event.

“If I’m going to keep it real, I would have said, ‘Look, throw another opponent at me and still keep the PPV because I trained really hard for this and had my knees fixed,’” he said. “I wanted to show the world and the fans that still support me that I’m back. Everybody thought I was done after I lost my fight to ‘Shogun’(Rua).

“Throw somebody else in there like ‘Kimbo Slice,’ Houston Alexander, anyone in Bellator. People talking about Tyrone Spong – I don’t know his name. Throw anybody in there. I’m ready. I’ll fight anybody. Pull Chuck Liddell out of retirement.”

Fans have been bringing up on social media that Jackson maybe could fight Spong if it was under the GLORY kickboxing banner since Spong has an MMA contract with World Series Of Fighting. Jackson liked the idea of fighting, but said it wasn’t up to him and said he hopes to find out today who he is fighting.

We will keep you updated on who will be facing Jackson.

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Tito Ortiz Has A Fractured Neck, Bellator 106 Will Now Be on Spike TV

It has been confirmed by Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney that Tito Ortiz has suffered a fractured neck and will be out of his Bellator 106 fight next Saturday with Quinton Jackson. Rebney then said the card will switch from pay-per-view to a three hour event on Spike TV and the people who had already ordered the event will get reimbursed.

We had reported earlier today that Ortiz was going to be out of the fight.

Rebney and Spike TV executive Kevin Kay held a conference call earlier today to make the announcement of the switches.

“I’ve got bad news, and I’ve got great news,” began Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. “The bad news is that I can confirm that Tito has fractured his neck and will be unable to fight next Saturday. His doctors confirmed that fighting with Tito right now could have dire consequences, so Tito is off the card and our thoughts and prayers are with him in what we hope will be a great and full recovery.

“The great news that I’ve got, because I’ve got the greatest partners on Earth at Spike and Viacom like Kevin Kay and people like Wade Davis, we’re going to give Chandler-Alvarez II for the lightweight title, (Muhammad)Lawal versus Emanuel Newton II for the light heavyweight interim world title, [Pat] Curran versus [Daniel] Strauss II for the featherweight world title, and a bevy of other really great fights, all to the best MMA fans on Earth, for free on Spike TV, Saturday night at 9 o’clock Eastern time.”

Every main card fight will be moved up now with the rematch of Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title. Rebney said that the “Fight Master” finale between Joe Riggs and Mike Bronzoulis will now be apart of the main card.

Rebney stated that Ortiz could be sidelined for more than six months before the Bellator can get a better timeframe on an Ortiz return. In terms of when Jackson will make his Bellator debut, Rebney would like to get Jackson ASAP.

“On the Rampage front, literally as quickly as possible,” he said. “Obviously there have been a lot of moving parts with Kevin and I and the team and Spike and Bellator and everybody working together to put this magical show on Spike TV for free, but don’t think that we’re not thinking about Rampage and we’re hopefully going to be in a position in the next week to make some great announcements on that as well.”

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Tito Ortiz Suffers A Neck Injury, Out Of Bellator Pay-Per-View Main Event Against Rampage Jackson

According to MMAFighting.com, Tito Ortiz has suffered a neck injury and is out of his main event fight against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson next Saturday.

The report states that Ortiz suffered the neck injury in training. As of this current time, Bellator is looking for a replacement to face Jackson and it is unknown if Jackson will still be on the card.

The article also states that Bellator is considering moving the entire card over to Spike TV with Jackson.

Ortiz sent out a strange tweet a few hours ago that showed that the fight with Jackson was in question.

BetweenTheRopes.com has reached out to a representative of Ortiz, but have received no comment at this time.

We will keep you updated on the situation as news becomes available.

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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s Reality Series, “Rampage4Real” Premieres Tonight

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returns to the cage for the first time in almost ten months coming up on November 2nd against Tito Ortiz. But it is not inside the famed UFC octagon, it is inside the Bellator cage as Bellator makes its debut on pay-per-view.

Before the fight takes a three part reality series will feature Jackson heading into the fight with Ortiz. The first episode airs tonight starting at 11 p.m. ET on Spike TV.

Here is what will be on the show in a statement from Spike TV.

Rampage Jackson has the biggest fight of his career coming up when he faces Tito Ortiz on November 2nd. But before training starts, Rampage tries to get in the last of his partying. Watch as he lives the rock star life style with his entourage, before he attempts to start getting back into shape.

Watch the video above of the preview of tonight’s episode.

Will you watch the show?

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Video: Frank And Ken Shamrock Meet For The First Time In 15 Years

Tonight on Spike TV a special called “Shamrock: Bound By Blood,” will air at 11 p.m. ET. The special will feature MMA legend Frank Shamrock. The special will also a meeting with Frank’s adoptive brother, UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock.

The brother’s up until the special hadn’t spoken since 1998 when they had a falling out.

Frank Shamrock is a former UFC, WEC and Strikeforce champion. Shamrock has done commentating for Strikeforce and most recently GLORY.

Mickey Rourke, Tito Ortiz, Ken Shamrock, Mauro Ranallo, Nick Diaz, Bas Rutten, John McCarthy, Javier Mendez and many others appear on the special to discuss Shamrock’s career.

You can watch the video preview above.

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Tito Ortiz Trying To Get MMA Legends Together To Crash UFC 20th Anniversary Event

The 20th anniversary show for the UFC takes place at UFC 167 on Saturday, November 16 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC President Dana White has stated that he will be bringing people to the event associated in the past with the organization.

UFC Hall of Famer and former UFC light heavyweight Tito Ortiz took to Twitter yesterday and was implying to former UFC champions and MMA legends Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson that they should attend the 20th anniversary show.

Ken Shamrock was in favor of the idea.

Couture loved the idea.

Shamrock says to Couture that he should be there for all he’s done for the UFC.

Do you think that the UFC should invite them to the show even though Frank Shamrock, Couture, Ortiz and Jackson are signed to deals with Viacom. Will the five legends crash the party?

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Bellator News: Attila Vegh Says Bellator MMA Is Lying About His Injury To Setup King Mo/Emmaunel Newton Fight

Bellator MMA light heavyweight champion Attila Vegh was scheduled to defend his title against Emmanuel Newton later this year. The organization released a press release on August 15th stating that Vegh had suffered a shoulder injury and Newton would be facing Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at Bellator’s first pay-per-view for the interim light heavyweight championship.

No one really thought too much of Vegh being injured as it happens in the sport. Until now.

Vegh did an interview with Tomasz Marciniak of MMARocks.pl and told Marciniak that he isn’t injured at all. Here is what Vegh told Marciniak:

“It’s about business on Bellator’s side. People want to see the rematch between King Mo and Newton. That’s why my fight is postponed to January and I’ll face the winner of the November’s fight. I’m not injured, I’m perfectly fine.

“It may be caused by the fact that I’m a foreign fighter, I’m not an American. American people want to see their fighters, but I want give them my belt for free.”

The native of Slovakia hasn’t fought since February when he defeated Christian M’Pumbu at Bellator 91 to win the light heavyweight championship.

The first PPV for Bellator MMA will be Saturday, November 2 from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. The main event will feature Tito Ortiz against Quinto “Rampage” Jackson with Michael Chandler defending his lightweight title against Eddie Alvarez, with the aforementioned Lawal vs Newton bout and Pat Curran putting his featherweight title on the line against Daniel Straus.

BetweenTheRopes.com has tried to reach Bellator MMA officials, but have not heard from them at this time of this piece.

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Bellator MMA Adds Another Title Fight For Their Inaugral PPV

Bellator MMA is really making a splash as the organization gets ready to make their PPV debut. The organization announced today that Bellator MMA featherweight champion Pat Curran will look to make his third straight title defense as he faces off with Daniel Straus for a second time at Bellator 106 on November 2.

Curran has fought two times already in 2013 defeating Patricio Freire and Shahbulat Shamhalaev. The top five featherweight is excited to face Straus again and very excited to fight on pay-per-view.

“I’ve been with Bellator since the beginning, and seen my career grow as Bellator has,” Curran said. “It means the world to me to be able to defend my title on our first Pay-Per-View, especially with such a tough fight ahead of me. I’m not taking Straus lightly. He is an incredibly tough featherweight, and I’m not even thinking about our first fight in 2009, we are two totally different guys right now. This card is stacked, and I want to give Bellator and all our fans a great show.”

Straus won the Season Six tournament to get his shot at Curran. The fight was supposed to take place earlier this year, but Straus broke his hand and then went through some legal troubles.

The challenger is looking forward to finally match up with Curran and knows he is a different than the first time they squared off.

“It’s finally here. I’ve faced so many setbacks over the last year, and my title shot is finally here,” Straus said. “When Pat and I met in 2009, we were two completely different fighters. Both of us have developed so much in that time, but I still want that loss of my record. That fight taught me a lot about where I was as a fighter, especially considering I’ve gone 17-1 since we last met. I’m just excited to be able to get a chance to fight for a title on a huge stage like this. I really don’t know how this fight is going to end, but I envision it going quickly. This won’t be a long, drawn out process. I’m going in for the kill.”

Curran and Straus squared off at the Chicago promotion XFO in 2009, with Curran winning by knockout.

Bellator 106 takes place Saturday, November 2 at the Long Beach Arena in Long beach, California. The card is headlined by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson facing Tito Ortiz, with Michael Chandler versus Eddie Alvarez for the Bellator MMA lightweight championship in the co-feature.

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Bellator MMA Adds King Mo vs. Emmanuel Newton Rematch To PPV Card

Bellator MMA is going all out for their first outing on PPV. The organization added another fight as they announced Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will get his rematch against Emmanuel Newton for the Bellator MMA interim light heavyweight title at Bellator 106.

The California based promotion created an interim title fight due to Bellator MMA light heavyweight champion Attila Vegh suffering a shoulder injury.

Lawal and Newton first met at Bellator 90 when Newton knocked out Lawal with a spinning backfist to advance in the light heavyweight, with Newton winning that season’s tournament.

Lawal came back and won the Summer Series tournament to get the rematch with Newton.

The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion feels the fight is already over.

“Listen, I’m going to be real honest about this. Emanuel is fake as hell,” Lawal said. “He runs his mouth about being a black skinhead or something, and likes to act real hard. He’s as hard as baby shit. I’m going to destroy this guy. He landed a shot on me in our first fight, nothing more than that. I’m better than him in every facet of the game. I didn’t even shoot on him that first fight. I can take this fight anywhere I want it, and I will. It’s over. I’m taking that belt in Long Beach, bringing it back to Las Vegas, and no one is getting it back. Not Vegh, Not Rampage. Not Tito, not anyone. It’s mine. Payback is bitch, Emanuel.”

Newton feels he knocked out Lawal once and will do it again on a bigger platform.

“I’m not going to spout off and trash Mo, I don’t have to do that,” Newton proclaimed. “I know Mo is going to run his mouth and try to sell his game, but I don’t have anything to prove. I’m the one that knocked him out, and he’s the one that has to deal with that loss on his record, not me. I did it once, and I’m going to do it again, this time on an even bigger stage. History likes to repeat itself, and November 2nd Mo’s going to have to deal with another big loss on his record.”

Bellator 106 takes place on Saturday, November 2nd from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. The main event will feature Rampage Jackson facing Tito Ortiz and the co-feature will be Michael Chandler defending his Bellatot lightweight title against former champion Eddie Alvarez in a long awaited rematch.

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Eddie Alvarez Resigns With Bellator, Faces Michael Chander At Bellator PPV

The contract squabble with Eddie Alvarez and Bellator MMA is finally over. Alvarez and Bellator MMA have agreed to a new contract and Alvarez will get a chance to avenge his only loss in the organization, as he will face lightweight champion Michael Chandler in the co-main event of Bellator MMA’s first PPV at Bellator 106 on November 2.

Alvarez and Chandler met in November of 2011 in what a lot of people thought was the best of 2011, with Chandler stopping Alvarez in the fourth round to become the Bellator MMA lightweight champion. Since then Chandler has remained undefeated and defended his title on two occasions. Chandler feels very confident heading into the rematch.

“Without sounding too disrespectful, when I fought Eddie the first time in 2011, I didn’t even know what it meant to be an MMA fighter,” Chandler said. “Two years later, I’ve grown so much as a mixed martial artist, and there isn’t a doubt in my mind on November 2nd, my hand will be raised and the belt will be around my waist. I have full confidence that I can take this fight wherever I want, whenever I want because I didn’t even show much of my wrestling in that last fight and I was able to beat him just with my standup. My ground game has always been there, and I’ve taken my striking to a whole new level since the last time we met. I feel like I have more experience under my belt, I’m wiser, stronger, and have had so much time in the gym trying to become the best fighter I can be.”

Eddie Alvarez and Bellator had been in a contract dispute since October of 2012 with Bellator MMA allegedly matching the offer the UFC made to Alvarez. But Alvarez had disputed that Bellator MMA had matched every term of the deal, especially in regards to Bellator MMA being able to put on a PPV since the organization had never done a PPV show.

The former lightweight champion says he is ready to regain his title on November 2.

“I still lose sleep over my loss to Chandler, and I want it off my record,” Alvarez remarked. “This was a long process, but at the end of the day I’m back with Bellator and I’m happy to get back in the cage. I really believe everything happens for a reason, and at the end of the day my family and I are happy, and I’m ready to get my belt back on November 2nd.”

Bellator 106 takes place on November 2 from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. The main event of the event is Rampage Jackson facing off with Tito Ortiz.

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Video: Tito Ortiz Revealed as #August1Warning on Impact Wrestling

In case you missed it, here is the video of Tito Ortiz being revealed as the person behind the #August1Warning at the end of last night’s edition of Impact Wrestling.

Just don’t stare too much at his watch … you may go blind.

Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – August 2, 2013

Brian and Steve talk about Tito Ortiz signing with Bellator MMA and coming out of retirement to face Rampage Jackson on Bellator’s first pay-per-view on November 2, the interest in the fight, both fighters also going into wrestling with TNA, cross-promotion between the two companies, the UFC world tour, Chael Sonnen and Victor Belfort talking fight, UFC 163 on Saturday night and more.

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