UFC Fight Night 24: Ortiz vs. Nogueira Fight Card Announced

January 19, 2011

Tito Ortiz and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - UFC

Tito Ortiz and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Tito Ortiz, once one of the most dominant champions in UFC history, is now on his last leg with the promotion. He’s 0-4-1 in his last five fights, but getting a shot at redemption.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday made official UFC Fight Night 24, which features Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the main event. The event will take place on March 26 at the KeyArena in Seattle.

While Ortiz was sliding down, Nogueira was rising up, to the tune of seven straight victories. That is up until his last fight, where he dropped a unanimous decision to Top 10 ranked Ryan Bader at UFC 119.

Also made official in Wednesday’s announcement were several supporting bouts. Former title contender Dan Hardy will face Anthony Johnson in a welterweight battle, while another 170-pound contest features Duane “Bang” Ludwig and “Ultimate Fighter” winner Amir Sadollah.

Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia will rematch at UFC Fight Night 24, trying to silence critiques of a hotly disputed split decision victory for Garcia when the two met at the TUF 12 finale.

(Check out MMAWeekly.com’s Rumors section for the latest all the latest MMA rumors, including several more bouts expected for UFC Fight Night 24.)