Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to Headline “UFC Fight Night 24”

Written by Tom Ngo
December 21st, 2010

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Tito Ortiz

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.

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