Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader set for UFC 132 in JulyPosted on March 22, 2011, 11:47 PM by Joey Santosus
Former Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz and TUF 8 winner Ryan Bader have agreed to go head to head as part of July's UFC 132 line-up.
The fighters revealed the match-up via Twitter, where Ortiz stated, "Ryan Bader want some? You will get some. Let's go!" UFC President Dana White has also since confirmed the bout with ESPN.
Ortiz (15-8-1) was originally set to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the main event of this Saturday's Fight Night 24 in Seattle, but was forced to withdraw when an injury suffered during training resulted in receiving 20-plus stitches to his head. Though he expressed interest in a rubber match with Forrest Griffin, he will instead get the former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler. It's a must win situation for Ortiz, as he has not won a match-up since his 2006 TKO victory over Ken Shamrock and is currently on a three-fight losing streak.
Bader (12-1), meanwhile, will look to erase the memory of his first professional loss, which he suffered in his February bout against Jon "Bones" Jones. Prior to the defeat, Bader had won five straight under the UFC banner, including a unanimous decision over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and a knockout victory over Keith Jardine. Following his setback against Jones, Bader called out "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" during an interview with ESPN.
UFC 132 is set to take place July 2nd from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Though the card is not yet official, the promotion recently announced that the rematch between top Welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and BJ Penn will be a part of the line-up.