Tito Ortiz fractures neck, Bellator shifts pay-per-view card to free on Spike

Tito Ortiz was the longest reigning light heavyweight

Tito Ortiz was the longest reigning light heavyweight champion in UFC history. He plans to retire after his next fight against Forrest Griffin on July 7, 2012. Photo Credit: Photo by HANDOUT

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Tito Ortiz suffered a fractured neck while training for his Nov. 2 fight against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Bellator announced Friday.

The entire fight card has shifted from pay-per-view to free on Spike TV.

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"After sitting down with our team and partners, the decision was obvious: Give the greatest MMA fans on earth this amazing show live and free on Spike," Bellator chief executive Bjorn Rebney said.

This was to be the first pay-per-view event for Bellator, and the first fight in the promotion for Ortiz and Jackson. Instead, the main event will be lightweight champion Michael Chandler defending his title against Eddie Alvarez, the man he took the belt from in 2011. Alvarez has fought once since that fight, due in part to a contract dispute with Bellator.

The rest of the main card remains intact, as well, including featherweight champion Pat Curran vs. Daniel Strauss, King Mo Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton for the interim light heavyweight title, and Cheick Kongo vs. Vinicius Queiroz in a heavyweight tournament bout.

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