(“Is ‘March’ with one ‘e’ or two?”)
The fight will likely be Ortiz’s last chance to prove the UFC that they should hold on to him in spite of the fact that he has not won a fight in the past five years or in any of his past five fights. UFC president Dana White has said recently that he thought about letting “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” go after his loss to Matt Hamill in October at UFC 121, but decided to give Ortiz, who still has some drawing power, one more kick at the cat.
Ortiz seems confident heading into the bout, mentioning twice during the video that he will be kicking Bader’s ass.
“Alright, so here’s my bout agreement….uuuhhhh…’Fighter, Tito Ortiz will be facing Ryan Bader July 2, 2011 in Las Vegas. 205 pounds is the maximum weight.’ So today is Thursday. We’re at Punishment Training Center right now,” Ortiz said. “Ryan Bader, I’m signing to kick your ass. DONE! Now it goes to Dana. UFC, thank you for the opportunity. Ryan Bader, I’m kicking your ass.”
At 36 and facing an opponent who is stronger, nine years younger and who has arguably better wrestling than he does, Tito better hope he can pull off something spectacular to hand Bader the second loss of his career.
UFC 132 will also feature a main event welterweight tilt between Jon Fitch and BJ Penn and a trio of lightweight bouts between Melvin Guillard and Shane Roller, George Sotiropoulos and Evan Dunham and Dennis Siver and Matt Wiman.