Tito Ortiz. Photo courtesy of TitoOrtiz.com.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz will face former UFC heavyweight champion Mark “The Hammer” Coleman at UFC 106 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The report comes from Fighters Only who cited a source close to the Coleman camp saying agreements had been signed yesterday and the fight was a go.
Ortiz made amends with UFC president Dana White earlier this month and signed a new six-fight contract with the UFC. Prior to signing with the UFC, Ortiz was said to be in negotiations with Strikeforce and Affliction but it came down to competition which he felt Strikeforce lacked.
Ortiz, the founder of Punishment Athletics, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 15-6-1. Ortiz holds victories over the likes of Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Ken Shamrock, Evan Tanner, Wanderlei Silva, and Vladimir Matyushenko. Ortiz was last in action at UFC 84: Ill Will where he dropped a decision to UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.
Coleman, the founder of Hammer House, possesses a decorated mixed martial arts record of 16-9. Coleman holds victories over the likes of Stephan Bonnar, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Don Frye, and Igor Vovchanchyn. Coleman has also been in the cage with notable names such as Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Maurice Smith, though in a losing effort.
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