Tito Ortiz Out of UFC Fight Night 24, Phil Davis Steps in To Face Nogueira

February 19, 2011
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The main event to the UFC Fight Night on March 26 in Seattle has undergone a change as Tito Ortiz has been forced out of his scheduled slot due to injury. Stepping in to replace him will be undefeated former NCAA champion Phil Davis, who will now face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the main event.

UFC President Dana White made the announcement on Saturday via his personal Twitter account, and the UFC’s website now reflects the change in match-up as well.

Ortiz later hit his own Twitter stating he had to get 22 stitches and was the victim of a concussion sustained during training.

Phil Davis steps in the bout on March 26 just days after verbally accepting a bout against Jason Brilz at UFC 129 in April. He had been on a bit of a rollercoaster over the last few weeks after original opponent Matt Hamill was yanked from their fight in favor of facing Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 130 in May.

There’s been no word if Brilz will remain on the UFC 129 card or not.

Davis steps into the main event at UFC Fight Night with an unblemished record, and a stellar list of credentials including an NCAA championship in wrestling.

The bout between Davis and Nogueira will headline the card taking place in Seattle, and will be broadcast on Spike TV.

  • mma24069

    Phil Davis wins

  • jared499

    Yeah, I really hope Phil Davis wins, but this is a big step up in competition for him. Lil Nog really needs to prove something in this fight if he wants to get back in contention.

  • The_Power

    I got Davis. I respect Lil Nog but i want to see new young blood get up there in the rankings.

  • armendo420

    what the hell is up wit tito?? Dana bring the guy back he fights forrest again then bang! back to the old tito the only fight he will take is against knows bodys!! i like lil nog but he just hasnt been doin good in the ufc