According to a May 18 report from MMA Fighting, Bellator's first attempt at a pay-per-view card was a massive success, at least as far as the action that went down inside the cage. The official number of pay-per-views sold for Bellator 120 has not yet been revealed, but the one thing fight fans know for sure is that the fighters delivered inside the cage. Bellator 120, which served as the promotion's first dip into pay-per-view, went down May 17 at Landers Center in Southaven, Miss.
Bellator 120 went down exactly as Bellator officials could have hoped, as the MMA legends on the card emerged victorious and some young up-and-comers went from unknowns into worldwide superstars. Former UFC stars Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Tito Ortiz won their fights, while Will Brooks and Michael Page also reigned supreme. The casual fan may have tuned in for Jackson and Ortiz, but Brooks and Page were the true gems of the Bellator 120 main card.
Brooks delivered an incredible performance against the heavily favored Michael Chandler, emerging from the five-round battle as Bellator's new interim lightweight champion. Brooks is likely to advance to fight Eddie Alvarez, but he could also possibly rematch Chandler down the road. As for Page, he pranced and danced his way to a win over Ricky Rainey.
Page admits being a showman, but he says he's not trying to be disrespectful towards opponents. He follows in the footsteps of Anderson Silva and Muhammad Ali with his showman style. Page earned a first-round stoppage of Rainey. The official stoppage came at the 4:29 mark of the opening frame.
Next up on the Bellator 120 main card, Alexander Volkov defeated Blagoy Ivanov with a rear-naked choke to earn a heavyweight title shot. Ivanov tapped out at the 1:08 mark of the second round. Elsewhere, 39-year-old MMA great Tito Ortiz returned from a two-year absence with a fight against Alexander Shlemenko.
Ortiz was a five-to-one underdog heading in, but he returned to his old form with a fantastic arm-triangle choke midway through the opening round. The victory was Ortiz's first since 2011, when he choked out Ryan Bader at UFC 132. Ortiz proved he still has some gas left in the tank, even at his advanced age.
In the main event, Jackson earned a controversial decision win over King Mo Lawal, setting up a title fight against Emanuel Newton. Jackson and Lawal could rematch sometime down the road. Bellator may also want to have Jackson fight Ortiz on their next pay-per-view card. All in all, it was a solid night of events and Bellator 120 delivered in a big way. The only question that remains is if anyone actually bought it.