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Victor Ortiz Granted Conditional One-Fight License by Nevada Commission

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  Victor Ortiz reaches his head out as Floyd Mayweather Jr. is against the rope in the fourth round during their WBC welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Referee Joe Cortez called Ortiz for an illegal head-butt.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Aaron KingContributor IIIJanuary 11, 2012

Victor Ortiz has been given a conditional one-fight license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission today in order to face Andre Berto on Feb. 11.

Ortiz was ordered before the board due to his conduct in the Sept. 17 bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., as well as his post-fight comments.

In the fourth round, Ortiz intentionally launched his head into Mayweather's face and was subsequently penalized. What followed—Mayweather's legal sucker punch knockout—was one of the most talked about conclusions in the sport's recent history.

Last month, Ortiz admitted to MaxBoxing.com's Radio Rahim that he intended to break Mayweather's nose with the head-butt. Those comments gave the Nevada board little choice but to seriously question Ortiz prior to granting him a license for his rematch with Berto.

The commission voted 5-0 to grant Ortiz a one-fight license and may withhold $100,000 from his purse contingent upon his conduct in the ring, according to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael.

Ortiz-Berto I was one of the best fights of 2011, and the rematch, which will be airing on Showtime, is highly-anticipated.

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