Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz has revealed that the UFC plans for him to return to the Octagon in May of next year.
The news comes from a report by MMA Weekly.
Ortiz has only competed once in 2007, fighting to a draw against Rashad Evans at UFC 73 in June. Since then Ortiz has opted to take some time off in order to heal reoccuring injuries and film the next season of Donald Trump’s reality series, “The Apprentice”, where Ortiz will participate along with other celebrity contestants.
With his back injury apparently much better, Ortiz stated that UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta informed him that he would be fighting during the weekend of May 3rd:
“My last fight, before I fought Rashad (Evans), I wasn’t 100 percent, and I just wanted to make sure if I ever fight again I’m going to be 100 percent,” Ortiz said. “The back injury that I sustained kind of hindered me for fight time. Now it’s a lot better, and May will be my next fight. I spoke to Lorenzo Fertitta and it looks like they’re going to wait until May, so the next Cinco de Mayo weekend will be Tito Ortiz’s next fight.”
No word on a potential opponent for Ortiz at this point.
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