According to UFC head-honcho Dana White, iconic Mixed Martial Artist Tito Ortiz will look to break his three-fight skid in March 2011 but will face formidable foe Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, meaning a win is far from guaranteed for Ortiz. While no specific event was mentioned, it has recently been reported the promotion is targeting a return to Abu Dhabi coinciding with the period the bout is expected to take place during.
News of the potential match-up was first reported by Tatame and later confirmed by White during pre-UFC 122 festivities.
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” hasn’t won since beating Ken Shamrock four years ago, compiling a record of 0-4-1 over the span with losses against the likes of Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin, and most recently Matt Hamill at UFC 121 last month. Ortiz is 15-8-1 overall and was considered at one point to be among the best 205-pounders in the sport.
Nogueira, who is 19-4 in his career, will also be looking to bounce back from a loss sustained during his previous in-ring appearance. The twin brother of UFC heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira fell by way of unanimous decision to undefeated light heavyweight Ryan Bader at UFC 119 this past September. Prior to the defeat “Little Nog” had won seven straight fights.