UFC president Dana White has indicated on more than one occasion that Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz will be fighting for his career in his next outing, which he recently confirmed with Fight Hub Tv will come against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira this March at UFC 128. Ortiz also addressed White’s comments while speaking with Fight Hub.
“The rumor is true, I’ll be fighting ‘Little Nog’ in March in the UFC,” said Ortiz. “My hands are full as always, everyone you fight in the UFC is tough. Having lost the decision to Matt Hamill, I’m kind of bitter and bummed about it but I’m back in the gym… I’m hungry. I wanna fight. Nog’s one of the best guys in the world, a ranked fighter. He’s great with his hands, great with his wrestling and great with Jiu-jitsu.”
Ortiz has not won a fight since 2006, when he defeated Ken Shamrock for the third time. Since then he has lost to Chuck Liddell (TKO), fought Rashad Evans to a draw, and lost by decision to Forrest Griffin, Lyoto Machida, and Matt Hamill–a losing streak which would likely have cost any other fighter his job. Ortiz explained to Fight Hub that he will continue to fight on as long has he feels healthy and that he has plans to continue competing for at least the next 3-4 years.
“No, there’s no added pressure at all,” Ortiz said when asked if the knowledge that his job is on the line adds feelings of pressure. “I’m gonna fight no matter what. …Win, lose or draw, I’m gonna fight no matter what. I’m healthy now. I’ve got a new back, a new neck. I went through major back surgery, major neck surgery and I wouldn’t have done that if I wasn’t serious about my career. I’m only 36-years old and I believe I still have at least 3 or 4 more solid years of fighting.”
UFC 128 is expected to go down this March 19th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and will feature a light heavyweight title fight between champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and challenger Rashad Evans.