By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
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.
UFC 121 “Lesnar vs. Velasquez” emanates from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on October 23. The event's appeal continues to increase as UFC continues to stack the deck, loading the card up more than usual. Already confirmed for the event in top matches are Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title, Jake Shields' UFC debut against Martin Kampmann, Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago, Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Brendan Schaub and Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor. Also rumored for the card is Ultimate Fighter 11 winner Court McGee's official UFC debut against middleweight contender Ryan Jensen.
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