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Rampage Jackson to face Tito Ortiz instead of Roy Jones Jr at November Bellator PPV

Boxing "versus" MMA idea is off as Rampage Jackson will instead just fight another professional from his own profession in the profession that they share.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Bellator MMA will be coming to pay-per-view late this year, but they won't do so behind a novelty boxing match pitting Roy Jones Jr against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Instead, it was announced today that Jackson will face another former UFC star, Tito Ortiz, in the main event of the show on November 2.

There had previously been talk of Jackson and the 44-year-old Jones boxing one another in some kind of glorified exhibition or the like, which drew a lot of chuckles from fans of both sports, with the occasional, "I don't mind a good freak show" from people like me, who keep finding it harder and harder to care about nonsense like Jackson-Jones, especially when we remember that it's probably not going to happen anyway.

So really, this is just an update to let you know that Jackson-Jones is "off," as if it were ever really considered to be on, and that's good news. Jackson-Ortiz is basically a big-name fight to hopefully get people to watch the PPV to see old favorites in action, which isn't the worst strategy. And at least it's two guys who are professionals in the same sport, which is a lot more than I can say for the Jones idea.

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