"I've said it since the day we announced the fight that 'Rampage' vs. Tito was a fight I had wanted to see for years, and it's unfortunately something I'm going to have to continue to wait to see," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. "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. Our fans have been incredible to us and I'm thrilled to be able to give them this great card on the greatest network in MMA, Spike. Chandler vs. Alvarez II, Mo vs. Newton II and Curran vs. Strauss II are all unbelievable fights. This is going to be a great, great night."
Rebney said that Ortiz wanted to fight, but doctors wouldn't allow it.
"Tito wanted to fight, and his doctor said absolutely not," Rebney said.
The executive said that the doctor said if he landed the wrong way or hit injury the wrong way, it could cause paralysis.
Bellator 106 will still take place Nov. 2, a Saturday, at Long Beach Arena in California. But instead of airing it on pay-per-view, the card will air on Spike TV with a three-fight main card of title fights, including Chandler vs Alvarez, Pat Curran vs Daniel Straus and "King Mo" Lawal vs Emanuel Newton.
Bellator 106 was supposed to be the promotion's first dip into pay-per-view. However, the stars weren't aligned for the event to come together as Rebney had hoped.
Props to Bellator and Rebney for hooking the fans up with a night of free fights, now that Ortiz is officially off the card.