Although Tito Ortiz has been Tweeting about a comeback since last week, today UFC president Dana White told MMAFighting.com “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 surgery on his neck. It was his second stint on TUF, with his first foray coming in the show’s third season.
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 slip decision over Vitor Belfort at UFC 51 back in February 2005.
Hamill, on the other hand, has rattled off four consecutive wins en route to his impressive 9-2 record. He recently posted a majority decision over Keith Jardine at “The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale” last month. While wresting remains his foundation, Hamill has shown great improvement in his standup game since Ortiz trained him.
The October 23rd show is shaping up to be one of the biggest mixed martial arts cards of the year. Headlining the star-studded roster will be a championship bout between heavyweight king Brock Lesnar against top contender Cain Velasquez.