Come December 10, former UFC light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz will do something he hasn’t done in five years – fight three times in the same calendar year! In fact, the trio of bouts will all take place within the same six-month span after in-ring appearances in July and August.
According to the UFC, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” will face Top 10 talent Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in Toronto at UFC 140 on a card already featuring Nogueira’s twin brother, “Minotauro” Nogueira, in action against Frank Mir.
The outspoken Ortiz is 1-1 in 2011 with a shocking submission of Ryan Bader at UFC 132 followed up by a TKO defeat to Rashad Evans the next month after taking the fight on only a few weeks’ notice. The outspoken MMA icon is 16-9-1 in his career with past wins over Forrest Griffin, Wanderlei Silva, and Vitor Belfort.
Nogueira is coming off back-to-back defeats after putting together seven straight wins including success against Jason Brilz, Luiz Cane, and Vladimir Matyushenko. He holds an overall record of 19-5 with eleven finishes including five TKOs and six submissions.
The still-growing UFC 140 lineup will also involve dynamic youngster Rory MacDonald taking on well-rounded veteran Brian Ebersole.
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MMATraining Take: First off, I think it’s fairly cool both Nogueiras have been booked for UFC 140 making it the first time in five years they’ve fought on the same card. Secondly, it’s also a good match-up pitting two guys with comparable skills against each other where both need a win. Not an easy outcome to pick by any means. Lastly, kudos to Ortiz for taking ANOTHER fight in 2011. Nice to see him healthy!