As reported over the weekend, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz will be forced to pull out of his upcoming main event bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the KeyArena in Seattle, Wash. on Saturday, March 26. The organization confirmed that undefeated light heavyweight prospect Phil Davis will fill in for the injured Ortiz.
“Tito has pulled out of fight night due to getting stitches,” White wrote on his Twitter over the weekend. “8-0 Phil Davis will be fighting lil nog now and is pumped for this fight!
Davis was originally scheduled to face Matt Hamill at UFC 129, but Hamill was called up to replace Thiago Silva against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 130 in May. Davis was then expected to face Jason Brilz at UFC 129 in Hamill’s place.
Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis is slowly establishing himself as one of the best young prospects in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. A four-time Division 1 All American at Penn State, Davis has managed to go undefeated in eight fights as a professional. He has picked up half of those wins in the UFC, dominating Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, Rodney Wallace, and Tim Boetsch so far. The 26-year old trains out of Alliance MMA with coach Lloyd Irvin.
A feared Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and former Pan American Games bronze medalist in boxing, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4) possesses one of the most dangerous arsenals in all of mixed martial arts. Since launching his career in Japan in 2001, “Lil Nog” has scored wins over Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson and Vladimir Matyushenko. Nogueira, whose twin brother “Minotauro” is a top contender in the UFC heavyweight division, has since made an immediate impact in the UFC with wins over Luiz Cane and Jason Brilz.
UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis is scheduled to take place this March 26th at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.