After dropping Bader with a crushing right hand, Ortiz quickly secured a fight-ending guillotine submission.
Ortiz' first-round submission victory helped him in returning to the win column, and he did so in impressive fashion.
When multiple injuries to main event fighters at UFC 133 left a void, Ortiz accepted UFC President Dana White's offer to headline the event opposite Rashad Evans.
Ortiz took the fight on short notice and appeared well-prepared for the matchup.
However, 35 days between fights proved to be too much when facing a No. 1 contender in Evans.
With Ortiz' record now standing at 1-1 in 2011, speculation has been made as to who the former light heavyweight champion should face in his next trip to the Octagon.
Provided are a few potential matchups for "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy".
Griffin (18-6) and Ortiz have squared off twice with each fighter owning a victory over the other.
Ortiz defeated Griffin via decision at UFC 59 in 2006.
In a 2009 rematch, Griffin claimed victory by decision to tie their series up.
With that being said, it seems fitting that the two former light heavyweight champions meet for a third time to break the tie.
Griffin's slated to face Mauricio "Shogun" Rua next weekend at UFC 134, so the outcome of this fight will be a determining factor in the possible trilogy with Ortiz.
Nogueira (19-5) was slated to face Rich Franklin at UFC 133, but a shoulder injury suffered in training forced "lil nog" out of the matchup.
So, depending on the severity of the injury and the timetable for Nogueira's return could a matchup with Ortiz could be a likely matchup.
Ortiz and Nogueira were slated to headline UFC - Fight Night 24 this past March, but an Ortiz injury put a halt on the fight.
Nogueira has fallen on tough times as of late by suffering back-to-back losses, but his knockout power and submission skills make him a formidable opponent.
Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin (28-6) is healthy and has stated his desire to face a high-profile opponent.
After a June 2010 knockout victory over Chuck Liddell, Franklin was defeated by Forrest Griffin earlier this year at UFC 126.
Franklin appears to be highly motivated to finish his career on a positive note, and with 25 professional victories coming by knockout or submission, he remains a fan favorite.
If UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and UFC President Dana White are listening to the fans, then Franklin appears to be the frontrunner as a potential matchup for Ortiz.
Only time will tell who Ortiz faces next, but Franklin would provide fans with an exciting matchup.
Tito "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Ortiz (16-9-1):
- Wins by (T)KO: 8
- Wins by Submission: 3
- Losses: 9
- Longest Win Streak: 6
- Title Defenses: 5
- Most Recent Win: UFC 132: Ryan Bader - first-round submission (Guillotine)
Rich "Ace" Franklin (28-6, 1NC):
- Wins by (T)KO: 15
- Wins by Submission: 10
- Losses: 6
- Longest Win Streak: 9
- Title Defenses: 2
- Most Recent Win: UFC 115: Chuck Liddell – first-round knockout (Punch)
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