According to MMAJunkie.com, Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz and Antonio Rogerio “Minotoro” Nogueira will still be fighting this March, but they will now be meeting in the main event of UFC Fight Night 24 as opposed to their originally scheduled meeting at UFC 128.
Ortiz hinted at the bout’s date change yesterday on his Twitter account.
“Big news,” Ortiz posted. “I’m not fighting in New Jersey. But I am still fighting ‘Lil Nog’ in March.”
UFC Fight Night 24 has not yet been officially announced by the UFC, but is rumored to take place at an unchosen venue in Seattle, Washington.
Ortiz will likely be fighting for his UFC career against Nogueira, since he has not earned a victory since 2006. Following his third win over Ken Shamrock, Ortiz has posted a record of 0-4-1, dropping bouts to Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin and Matt Hamill and fighting Rashad Evans to a draw. His most recent outing came against former pupil Matt Hamill, whom he lost to by unanimous decision on the main card of UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez this past October.
Nogueira will also be looking to rebound from a loss, though his recent decision loss to Ryan Bader snapped a seven-fight winning streak. “Little Nog” has gone 2-1 since signing with the UFC in November of 2009, knocking out Luiz Cane and earning a decision win over Jason Brilz before losing a closer-than-the-scores-indicate decision to Bader.