Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz is standing on his last leg with the worlds largest mixed martial arts promotion.
Having cut his teeth early against some of the best that the sport had to offer then, including battles with Frank Shamrock, Guy Mezger, and Wanderlei Silva, Ortiz has now fallen on what would be considered the lowest of lows that his career has faced to date.
Currently, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” remains winless since a 2006 victory over the aging Ken Shamrock. Ortiz has lost 3 consecutive bouts, and is 0-4-1 in his last 5 bouts inside the octagon, albeit against top flight competition in Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, and Matt Hamill (respectively).
Although Ortiz remains a popular fighter among fans, a fourth loss will signal a release from the promotion, considering UFC President Dana White thought that his last defeat to Hamill at UFC 121 last October would have been Tito’s last bout inside the octagon.
Tito will now be facing arguably one of his toughest tests to date when he takes on perennial top-10 fighter and former PRIDE star, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. “Lil Nog” most recently suffered his first defeat inside the octagon and his first since February of 2007, when he took on Ryan Bader at UFC 119 last September. The wrestling powerhouse was able to dictate the action when consistent takedowns, though Rogerio gave the contender plenty of trouble on the feet.
The loss to Bader snapped a 7-fight win streak, which included back-to-back wins inside the UFC against notables Luiz Cane and Jason Brilz.
In a recent video, Ortiz blatantly stated “Seattle, I’m coming.. So, Nogueira, you better be ready. Kicking some ass March 26, here I come baby. It’s on.”
The event is rumored to be UFC Fight Night 24, and though no venue has been determined as of yet, it will take place on March 26 in Seattle, Wash.
So, MMA peeps, what do you think of the light heavyweight affair? Who do you think will walk away the winner and will Ortiz be saying bye-bye to the UFC following the bouts conclusion? Sound off in the comment section below.