Days after submitting Ryan Bader at UFC 132 to collect his first victory since October of 2006, Tito Ortiz (Pictured) agreed to serve as a last-minute substitute to meet Rashad Evans just one month later at UFC 133. Although the 36-year-old stepped up to the plate and bailed the company out, it appears Ortiz’s future with the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion is once again in doubt.
When asked if the former light heavyweight champ would be issued his walking papers if he followed up his TKO defeat to Evans with a loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 140, company president Dana White opted to take a wait-and-see approach.
“Yeah, I don’t know,” White stated Wednesday. “Again, I don’t like answering those questions before a fight. I was impressed with Tito’s last fight – he goes in and he beats Bader, he puts on an awesome showing against Rashad.
“But, we’ll see what happens. We’ll see what happens.”
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” owns a 16-9-1 professional record, with nine of his bouts being of the championship variety. However, his scrap with Bader was the only time in his last seven outings where he left the Octagon with his hand raised.
Ortiz isn’t the only fighter who could be facing a do-or-die predicament on December 10th. His opponent has dropped his last two contests in landslide unanimous decision fashion, leaving White to suggest Little Nog might be in the same boat as Ortiz.
“Nogueira and Tito, these guys are in a real rough spot,” White added. “These guys better come in and perform and win.”
UFC 140 takes place inside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.