Tito Ortiz Takes on Ryan Bader at UFC 132 on July 2

March 21, 2011
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Ryan Bader and Tito Ortiz

Ryan Bader and Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz is ready to step back in the Octagon. He will have a tough test ahead of him when he does, as he has agreed to face Ryan Bader at UFC 132 in July.

Sources close to the fight confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.

Tito Ortiz (15-8-1) will not only be fighting Ryan Bader in July, he will literally be fighting for his UFC career. The former light heavyweight champion is currently on a three-fight losing streak, but UFC president Dana White said he would give him one more chance to prove himself, and this is it.

Ortiz was set to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24 this weekend, but a training injury forced him out of he fight.

Ryan Bader (12-1) steps back in action for the first time since suffering the lone loss of his MMA career, after being submitted by now light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Prior to that loss, Bader had won five fights in a row in the UFC. He now looks to start a whole new streak when he faces Ortiz.

The UFC 132 bout between Bader and Ortiz will be a featured fight on the Las Vegas card going down July 2, headlined by B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch in a welterweight showdown.

  • dikkimac

    If Tito actually makes it to the fight, I say he get’s KO’D!

  • BigGuy

    Tito is done already. I was a HUGE Liddell fan for many years, but everyone knew (before his string of losses) that it was his time to ride off into the sunset too.
    Tito cannot compete with the younger guys that are out there. Tito…RETIRE!

  • Frye557

    What a huge step back for Bader. It’s too bad, I would have liked for him to fight someone at least close to the top ten, even 15. Not a guy who hasn’t won a fight since 2006…

  • wonggfan

    First, this is NOT a step back for Bader. He lost to Jones when Jones was ranked #7 or 8. So it makes sense that he fights a top 15 or 20 fighter.

    Second, this fight makes sense for Bader. He has beat Lil Nog. And if he beats Tito, that will be two big names in a row. Bader needs the exposure.

    Third, I doubt Tito will show up. Seriously, this is the same (if not worse) than his Hamil fight. Lil Nog was too much for Tito to handle. So Tito backed off. Imagine Ryan Bader, same style as Tito, except more decorated wrestling.

    Fourth, if for some reason Tito survives, either because he miraculously wins or Dana gives him another chance, he will talk so much shit.

    Fifth, he Tito actually shows up, which I doubt, and loses. He will start his beef with Dana again.

    • Frye557

      LOL. Yeah but Tito is not even close to top 15 or 20 dude. Your right it would make sense if Tito was relevant, which he is not. Since Ryan is ranked in the top #8ish, fighting someone who hasn’t won since 06, and is not even close to even the 20 mark, is a HUGE step back.

    • Frye557

      How is it not a step back?Someone in the top ten, perhaps 8 or 9, fighting someone who hasn’t won a fight since 06. Ortiz is not even close to the top 15 or 20 like you mentioned, so it is a huge step back. Sure he might be fighting a name, but as far as skill level, or a step towards title contention, this win will mean nothing.

      • wonggfan


        Bro, I hate Tito as much as anyone.

        But I think you are underestimating Tito. He is top 20. I would put him dead even with Luis Cain.

        So skill-wise, it is NOT a challenge for Bader. But it is not too far below either. It’s not like he is fighting an undercard.

        The big name justifies the above.

        • Frye557

          I can see your point, but how do you put a guy who hasn’t won in 5 years in the top 20? His most recent win was over Ken Shamrock, and that makes him top 20? Not even close.Luiz Cane is 3-2 in his last five, Tito is 0-4-1. I don’t really understand how they are even close, other than perhaps Tito’s competition has been a bit better. Someone who can’t put a win up, and barley has a job is not top 20. A recognizable name, of course, skill/record wise, irrelevant.

  • MMAniac515

    Ok Dana! Your gonna give this pu$$y one more chance to prove himself! Everytime he gets a chance to fight somebody better then him he fakes an injury! Remember his last to fights he was supposed to fight! Skipped out on Liddell cause his puss hurts and then was fighting 2 months later lol pu$$y pu$$y pu$$y……. Give cro cop the respect he deserves and let him and Tito bang it out for contract! And give bader the respect he deserves and allow him to fight somebody who’s non pu$$y and equally talented to his skills!

    • armendo420

      i dunno man if lil nog fights like he didnt against jason brillz then tito might win man!!!! dont get me rong tito is a punk nd i dont think he should be fighting in the ufc or even this side of the world!!! its just lil nog has not looked good in the ufc just like all the other pride fighters!!!

      • ShockednAwed

        I’m guessin’ you just took a 4:20 break, Armendo? Tito’s fighting Ryan Bader now, not Lil’ Nog… he was supposed to be fighting Lil’ Nog this weekend, but got “injured” (‘cough’ *pussy* cough’).

      • wonggfan

        I wouldn’t say Lil Nog didn’t look good. The worse match-up for Lil Nog is wrestlers with good BJJ defense. And these days every wrestler seems to have a good BJJ defense.

        Second, Pride fighters not perform well? You must be living in 2007. Other than Cro Cop, who in the Pride (that was good) flopped? Shogun, Rampage, and Hendo did well. Wandy was already washed up by the time he got here. Nog was going down hill by the time he got to the UFC.

        Except for Cro Cop, no one did poorly. It’s been 4 years since the merger. I mean…Pride guys are all old now. But on average they did well.

      • wonggfan

        I agree that Tito is a bad match up for Lil Nog. Tito can takedown, and hump out a decision.