If it was up to Tito Ortiz, his Nov. 15 fight against Stephan Bonnar would be held in his Orange County backyard.
But according to Ortiz, the fight will be held at San Diego's Valley View Casino Center instead of Anaheim's Honda Center due to interference by his former company.
Ortiz helped christen the building for MMA back in 2006, when the arena was known as the Arrowhead Pond, as the native of nearby Huntington Beach won a split decision of Forrest Griffin at UFC 59, the first UFC event held in California. Since then, the home of the Anaheim Ducks has gone on to become one of the UFC's signature venues, hosting everything from Cain Velasquez's heavyweight title win over Brock Lesnar, to UFC on FOX 1, to Ronda Rousey's win over Liz Carmouche in the first women's fight in UFC history.
"The UFC said no. They tried to get to the Pond, and the UFC didn't let it happen," Ortiz said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. "They wanted to do it at the Pond and the UFC said no."
The UFC declined comment on Ortiz's allegation.