The fight is headed to UFC 121 on October 23 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
News of the match-up comes directly from UFC President Dana White, who confirmed the bout via text to MMAFighting.com.
Ortiz was Hamill’s coach during the third season of The Ultimate Fighter. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” showed a soft spot in his heart for Hamill during the show and took him under his wing during training sessions.
The fight will mark Ortiz’ first return to action since suffering a split decision defeat at the hands of Forrest Grifin in a November 2009 return to action. Ortiz went on to coach the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter where a neck inury forced him to the sidelines from the show and an anticipated showdown with longtime rival Chuck Liddell.
Hamill is on a four-fight win streak in the UFC, although a recent disqualification victory obtained over Jon Jones could be viewed as a defeat being that the TUF 3 veteran was pummelled from start to finish. Most recently Hamill handed Keith Jardine his walking papers with a majority decision victory at “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale”.
Set to headline UFC 121 is a heavyweight title fight between champion Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez.