Although Tito Ortiz has been Tweeting about a possible comeback over the last several days, UFC president Dana White told MMAFighting.com on Thursday afternoon “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” will make his highly anticipated return against Matt Hamill at UFC 121 in the O.C.
Ortiz was last seen serving as coach on the 11th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” Just before filming wrapped on the reality show, Ortiz abruptly announced he required immediate neck surgery. It was his second stint on TUF, with his first foray coming in the show’s third installment.
Do you guys remember who his prized protege was that year???
That’s right, “The Hammer.” We’ll find out inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California if the humble student has surpassed the controversial teacher.
Although Ortiz owns a respectable 15-7-1 record and remains one of the sport’s most imposing figures, it can be argued the 35-year-old hasn’t won a significant scrap since taking a split decision over Vitor Belfort at UFC 51 back in February 2005.
Mr. Jameson has hung a horrid 0-3-1 over his last four fights.
Hamill, on the other hand, has rattled off four consecutive wins en route to his impressive 9-2 record. He posted a majority decision victory over Keith Jardine at “The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale” last month. While wrestling remains his foundation, Hamill has shown great improvement in his standup game since Ortiz last trained him.
The October 23rd show is shaping up to be one of the biggest mixed martial arts cards of 2010. Headlining the star-studded roster will be a championship bout between heavyweight king Brock Lesnar against top contender Cain Velasquez.
Here are the athletes expected to participate in the pay-per-view extravaganza:
Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor
Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor
Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen
Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago
Martin Kampmann vs. Jake Shields
Tito Ortiz vs. Matt Hamill
Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar (UFC Heavyweight Champion)