It looks like Tito Ortiz will have to wait a little longer to prove himself one final time in the octagon. Ortiz has been forced to pull out of his UFC Fight Night 24 fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira after suffering an accidental head butt while training that required 22 stitches. An MRI showed no serious damage to Ortiz but the wound was severe enough to keep him out of action on March 26. Phil Davis has been tabbed as the replacement against Nogueira and the fight will still serve as the nights main event.
Dana White made the announcement earlier today.
Davis has seen his opponent switch three times in the past couple of weeks, originally schedeled to fight Matt Hamill at UFC 129 before Hamill was moved to UFC 130 to fight Quinton Jackson. Jason Brilz, replacing Hamill, was Davis’ next opponent before Davis was moved to replace Ortiz against Nogueira. Davis, 8-0, looks to remain unbeaten in MMA while Nogueira, 19-4, is looking to bounce back from a decision loss to Ryan Bader.
UFC Fight Night 24 is scheduled for March 26 at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. Along with the Davis vs. Nogueira main event, a welterweight showdown between KO artists Anthony Johnson and Dan Hardy will serve as the co-main event. The event will air live on SpikeTV.