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It wasn't that long ago that Bjorn Rebney swore he didn't want UFC washouts, and that he'd never lower himself to signing them.
Fast forward a little bit, and the promotion is going to pay-per-view for the first time ever with two UFC washouts that people probably wouldn't watch for free at this point.
Ortiz was a retiree t-shirt salesman managing the (uh-oh) best female fighter on the planet, and Jackson was a TNA wrestler that signed with Bellator as much to pursue that childhood dream as to continue his MMA career.
Literally nobody—no one—anywhere in the world, was asking for this fight in 2013. Very few people wanted it in 2006, the last time both guys were good and still relevant at the same time.
To make this fight, and to launch a pay-per-view on the backs of their stardom, is a godawful idea. Putting that time and effort into guys like Michael Chandler and Pat Curran, the true stars of Bellator, makes far more sense at this point.
Make no mistake, Bellator may live to regret this.
Then again, as you've seen here, they're not the first ones to have a bad idea in MMA.