Good news travels fast, at least if you’re UFC president Dana White (pictured). Seconds after catching wind that Bellator MMA was forced to cancel their first pay-per-view broadcast just eight days before showtime because former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz fractured his neck, White responded in true DFW fashion.
“Oh boy KARMA is a BITCH :)” White tweeted Friday afternoon.
A neck injury is no laughing matter, but it’s no secret White and Ortiz aren’t BFFs. In fact, White was calling the UFC Hall of Famer a “buffoon” less than a week ago. Then again, the smiley face was likely directed more towards Spike TV’s predicament than Ortiz’s health.
White has been at odds with Spike ever since the UFC’s deal with the network expired in 2011. One of the head honchos at Spike claimed they “built the UFC” by opening the door for “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, which irked White because of his relentless efforts to push MMA into the mainstream for the past 12 years.
According to Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, Ortiz’s future in MMA is as uncertain as ever, while Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who was slated to co-headline the November 2 show opposite Ortiz, is expected to make his Bellator debut some time before Thanksgiving.
Bellator 106 will now transition from a PPV broadcast to a freebie on Spike TV, and the co-main event between lightweight champ Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez was promoted to the card’s top spot.
White, meanwhile, hosts UFC Fight Night 30 tomorrow in England. His weekend has already gotten off to a fantastic start.