Bellator’s Nov. 2 pay-per-view is officially in shambles. The card, originally scheduled to be the promotion’s first foray into pay-per-view, is without a main event and now without a heavyweight tournament final. Normally, this amount of chaos would negatively affect a promotion, but in Bellator’s case, it could be a blessing in disguise.

For one, Bellator can now save itself the potential embarrassment of having extremely low pay-per-view buys. Contrary to Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and the positive-minded folk over at Bellator, the pay-per-view was destined for failure. The company has a hard enough time getting fans to tune into its free shows on Spike TV. Regardless of whatever drawing power Tito Ortiz and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson still claim to have, it’s nowhere near enough to warrant fans shelling out $35 to $45.

So, Bellator was saved from the possibility of low buyrates, but it was also saved from getting involved in what no doubt would be a messy situation with an Ortiz-Rampage main event. Remember Ortiz’s last few trips to the Octagon? I’m sure many of you can, and I’m equally sure we’d rather not remember them. Ortiz looked like he was walking through quicksand, and he has only one win in the last seven years. Rampage has looked better in comparison, but that’s not saying much. It’s hard to look any worse than Ortiz has in recent years. Jackson will likely credit his disdain for the UFC as the reason for his lackluster showings, but he is well beyond his prime. The common theme with the original main event was that it was coming five years too late.

That’s all changed now that Ortiz has pulled out of the fight due to injury. And the changes are for the better.

The card has moved to Spike TV and will now be headlined by the rematch between Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez. The two men engaged in an amazing fight back in 2011. Not only did Bellator just upgrade the quality of its main event, but it gives the promotion a chance to show off two of its homegrown gems.

Chandler and Alvarez have shared the responsibility of being the guy for the promotion and are synonymous with the Bellator brand. Alvarez probably wishes he was competing in the Octagon rather than the Bellator cage, but one would have to think he’ll be motivated to avenge the defeat he suffered in 2011. Taking out his successor as Bellator’s company man will no doubt factor into Alvarez’s motivation as well. The men are two of the best lightweights in the world and have been groomed under the Bellator brand, something the promotion would be wise to promote during the broadcast.

The viewing numbers likely won’t resemble what a card featuring three title fights should draw, but it will no doubt be more beneficial to the company to make its product available to more fans on Spike TV than to put it behind the wall of pay-per-view and risk failure while asking fans to shell out additional money to see the promotion’s best in action.

Instead of banking on two fighters who are closer to retirement than a title shot, the promotion can now focus on the future of the Bellator brand. Ortiz and Rampage may have given the promotion a quick boost in revenue, but they’re not going to be around to help in the long run. It’d be best for the promotion to realize this train of thought and focus on building for the future. Bellator can get off to a great start this Saturday by showcasing the best it has to offer, and none of those names end in Ortiz or Jackson.

Photo: Bellator’s Planned Pay-Per-View Poster (Bellator MMA)

About The Author

Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.