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Tito Ortiz Talks “Must-Win” Bout With Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

The quest of “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz to return to the top of the UFC light heavyweight division brings him to KeyArena in Seattle, Wash. on Saturday, March 26 for a clash with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

“This is a must-win fight for Tito Ortiz,” UFC President Dana White recently stated. “Everyone knows that Tito and I have had a rocky relationship, but he’s been with us since we started this company and we’re on good terms now. This is the biggest fight of his career. ‘Lil Nog’ is ranked in the top 10 in the world and a win puts Tito back in the mix.”

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.

“I’m ready to get back in there and kick some ass,” Ortiz, who will be in Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 27 for a media day, said. “‘Lil Nog’ is one of the best fighters in the world. He’s dangerous on the feet and on the ground; that’s why you won’t hear me talking any smack. I have a lot of respect for him and I can’t wait to get back in there and give the fans in Seattle a great show.”

UFC Fight Night: Ortiz vs. Nogueira takes place on March 26, 2011 from the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. The event will be broadcast on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.