UFC President Dana White re-affirmed this past weekend at the UFC Fight For The Troops 2 post-fight press conference that Tito Ortiz’ upcoming bout with Antônio Rogério Nogueira at UFC Fight Night: Ortiz vs. Nogueira this March is a must-win fight for the former UFC light-heavyweight champion.
“Tito’s got to win this fight to stay in the UFC,” UFC President Dana White said. “If he loses this fight, he’ll probably retire.”
Once one of the most dominant light heavyweight champions of all-time, Ortiz finds himself in a must-win situation on March 26 in Seattle. Having made a name for himself with victories over the likes of Forrest Griffin, Vitor Belfort, Ken Shamrock and the late Evan Tanner, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has lost both of his fights since his return to the organization in 2009, and hasn’t won a fight since defeating Ken Shamrock on October 10, 2006.
A feared Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt and former Pan American Games bronze medalist in boxing, Nogueira has scored wins over Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson and Vladimir Matyushenko since launching his career in Japan in 2001. Nogueira made an immediate impact in the UFC with wins over Luiz Cane and Jason Brilz. “Lil Nog” last fought at UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop this past September, losing to Ryan Bader via unanimous decision.
UFC Fight Night: Ortiz vs. Nogueira takes place on March 26, 2011 from the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington