Tito Ortiz out of Fight Night 24 bout, Phil Davis faces Antonio Rogerio NogueiraPosted on February 19, 2011, 06:52 PM by Joey Santosus
Tito Ortiz has been forced to withdraw from his Fight Night 24 bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira after suffering head trauma during training that resulted in 22 stitches. The former Light Heavyweight Champion will now be replaced by Phil Davis.
UFC President Dana White broke the news earlier today via Twitter. Ortiz vs. Nogueira was scheduled to headline the promotion's debut event in Seattle, Washington.
Davis was originally set to face Matt Hamill at UFC 129 in April. However, when Hamill was tapped as a replacement for Thiago Silva to face Quinton Jackson at UFC 130, Davis was then expected to meet Jason Brilz instead. Now with Davis being pulled in favor of the Fight Night 24 main event, it is unclear whether Brilz will remain a part of the the Toronto line-up.
Undefeated in his professional career, Davis (8-0) signed with the UFC early last year and is considered one of the division's most promising prospects. In his latest outing at UFC 123, he submitted Tim Boetsch using what appeared to be a modified hammerlock, securing his fourth straight victory with the promotion, along with a Submission of the Night bonus. The Division I wrestler has also claimed victories over Brian Stann, Alexander Gustafsson, and Rodney Wallace.
Nogueira (19-4), meanwhile, debuted with the promotion in 2009, knocking out Luiz Cane less than two minutes into the opening round before scoring a close split decision victory over Jason Brilz at UFC 114. In his most recent effort at UFC 119, the former Pride FC star was defeated for the first time since 2007, losing via unanimous decision to Ryan Bader to snap a seven fight win streak.
The Light Heavyweight clash between Nogueira and Davis will headline UFC Fight Night 24, set for March 26th from the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. Also expected to be featured is the return of Welterweight Anthony "Rumble" Johnson who will go head to head with former title contender Dan Hardy.