Tito Ortiz still talks a mean game. The question everyone wants answered though is this: Can Tito Ortiz still fight?
We'll find out March 26 as Ortiz gets what many believe will be his last chance in the UFC. Ortiz, the former light heavyweight champion with the most consecutive title defenses at 205 pounds, will challenge Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (aka, "Lil Nog") at UFC Fight Night Live in Seattle. The fights will air on Spike.
“I’m ready to get back in there and kick some [butt],” Ortiz said in a statement. “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.”
Don't worry, fight fans. We'll hear Ortiz talk plenty of smack in the weeks ahead. It's his nature. We wouldn't want him any other way.
Also on the card, made official by UFC on Wednesday, welterweights Anthony Johnson and Dan Hardy will fight to figure out whose career is on the upswing in the 170-pound division and who needs some tinkering.
Duane Ludwig will fight Amir Sadollah, as well.
But the second most intriguing televised fight that night will be the Nam Phan-Leonard Garcia rematch. Garcia received the split-decision victory over Phan at Ultimate Finale 12, but most felt he didn't earn it. The crowd erupted in boos immediately, and even Garcia apologized during his in-ring interview.