Ortiz accepted offer he couldn't refuse

Jackson and Ortiz are set to headline Bellator's inaugural PPV event in Long Beach, Calif., Nov. 2....

Jackson and Ortiz are set to headline Bellator's inaugural PPV event in Long Beach, Calif., Nov. 2. (CRAIG ROBERTSON, QMI AGENCY)

NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 1:31 PM ET

Bjorn Rebney couldn't pass up the opportunity to book his personal dream fight.

With the recent signing of former UFC light-heavyweight champion Quinton (Rampage) Jackson, the Bellator CEO knew he was close to making the bout a reality. The next step was talking Tito (People's Champ) Ortiz out of retirement.

Following a unanimous-decision loss to Forrest Griffin last summer, the UFC Hall of Fame inductee appeared to have shifted focus to his management company, Primetime 360 Entertainment & Sports Management Inc., which represents Invicta FC featherweight titleholder Cristiane Justino and UFC veteran Rob Emerson.

 


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