Tito Ortiz vs. Matt Hamill Set For UFC 121 "Lesnar vs. Velasquez"
By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
According to a report confirmed by UFC president Dana White over at MMAFighting.com
, Tito Ortiz's return fight has been scheduled.
In the ever-growing undercard of UFC 121 "Lesnar vs. Velasquez" on October 23, it will be Ortiz fighting his former Ultimate Fighter pupil Matt Hamill in a light heavyweight contest.
Ortiz (15-7-1) last fought in November of 2009, dropping a close decision to Forrest Griffin in a rematch of their April 2006 contest, which Ortiz won via razor-thin decision. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" is coming off a coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter 11, a gig that went unfinished due to Dana White throwing Ortiz off the show for being unable to fight rival coach Chuck Liddell at the conclusion of the season. Ortiz has undergone the surgery that resulted in his exit from the show, and is ready to get back in the cage in October.
Hamill (9-2), a favorite of Ortiz during Ultimate Fighter season three, is coming off a close majority decision victory over "The Dean Of Mean" Keith Jardine in June, a victory that resulted in Jardine's exit from the UFC. Hamill is riding a four-fight win streak, if you count his disqualification victory over Jon "Bones" Jones last December, looks to improve to 5-0 over his former TUF coach.