Tito Ortiz: “UFC Blocked Bellator From Hosting Event In California”
Bellator has recently been going head to head with UFC for the first time during UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi, and Bellator 123, and recently Bellator has announced that it is going to happen again during UFC 180 and Bellator 131, but this time in two different countries Mexico and US (San Diego).
UFC President, Dana White, does not seem to be worried but obviously it is effecting negatively on UFC viewers.
Tito Ortiz has claimed that UFC has blocked Bellator from hosting events in their favorite venue in California.
Tito Ortiz spoke on The MMA Hour:
“The UFC said no. They tried to get to the Pond, and the UFC didn’t let it happen. They wanted to do it at the Pond and the UFC said no.”
Instead Bellator was forced to use a venue in San Diego, which was fine with Ortiz.
“We’re in San Diego, I have thousands of fans down there, they get to watch me live in their own backyard,”
“I think it’s kinda cool actually to tell you the truth, see how much weight my name can hold. i think the big difference in all of it is, all the fans get to watch free fights instead of having to pay for fight. They get to watch free on Spike, and I think diehard fight fans will be watching no matter what, Tito Ortiz fans will be there no matter what, and Stephanie Bonnar fans will be there no matter what.”