According to MMAJunkie, former light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz will headline a yet-to-be announced “UFC Fight Night 24” event against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
The 205-pound icons were rumored to meet at UFC 128, but “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” hinted at a possible change late Monday night on his Twitter account.
“Big news. I’m not fighting in New Jersey,” Ortiz tweeted. “But I am still fighting ‘Lil Nog’ in March.”
Spike TV is expected to air the show live on March 26th.
While Junkie reported Seattle’s KeyArena would be a likely target to host the UFC’s debut in Washington, it’s highly unlikely a freebie fight card would warrant a 17,000-seat stadium. A collage arena might be more suited for this particular event.
Ortiz dropped a convincing unanimous decision to Matt Hamill at UFC 121, plummeting his record to 0-4-1 over his last five contests.
The former champ holds a respectable 15-8-1 record, but it can be argued the soon-to-be 36-year-old hasn’t posted a significant win since taking a split decision from Vitor Belfort at UFC 51 way back in February of 2005.
Nogueira was last seen at UFC 119, where he too also was a victim of a unanimous decision loss. Prior to the defeat, the PRIDE vet was riding a seven-fight win streak, which included Octagon wins over Luiz Cane and Jason Brilz, respectively.