It looks like Ryan Bader will getting the fight he wants for his next bout.
Bader mentioned last month in an interview with ESPN on the heels of his UFC 126 loss to Jon Jones that before he retires, he would like to square off with Tito Ortiz and according to MMAWeekly he will get his wish.
“I would want to fight Tito Ortiz,” Bader told ESPN.com. “Just because I grew up watching him. I want to have one of those guys on my résumé like a Randy Couture or Chuck Liddell. Purely out of respect, he’s one I’d like to fight before my career is over.”
Both fighters confirmed the bout was a go on Twitter today, but did not name a date or venue. The MMAWeekly report states that the pair will square off at UFC 132 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.
UFC president Dana White has stated that Ortiz, who is 0-3-1 in his last four outings and has not won a fight since 2006 will likely be cut if he loses one more bout in the Octagon, revealing that he thought about letting the former light heavyweight champion go after his last loss to Matt Hamill at UFC 121 in October. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” prolonged his stay in the UFC, at least by one more fight by pulling out of his last bout. He was scheduled to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFN 24 March 26, but was had to bow out of the bout after sustaining a laceration over his eye and a concussion after clashing heads with a training partner.
July 2, 2011
Mandalay Bay Events Center
Las Vegas, Nevada