After last evening's UFC 140 pay-per-view, one thing is clear. Tito Ortiz is no longer the premiere fighter he used to be.
After a 15-4 start to his career, Ortiz has fallen off the map in the last five years.
He may have taken one of the final beatings of his career last night in a first-round TKO loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Ortiz is now sitting at a 16-9-1 record and could be nearing the end of his time in the UFC.
Rogerio Nogueira, on the other hand, is a rising prospect in the light heavyweight division.
It's difficult to gauge just how impressive this win is considering the decline that Ortiz has been on in recent years.
The win improves Nogueira to a 20-5 record.
His resume isn't filled with the most accomplished fighters, so it's difficult to really say how good Nogueira is.
This win should put him in the running for a match against some of the more elite competition in the weight class.
Thiago Silva or Phil Davis may be a perfect fight that Nogueira should take on next.
A win could put him in the running for a matchup against some of the elite fighters in the division.
Quintin Jackson or Rashad Evans could be on the following card.
That's all it may take for Nogueira to make it to the top of the weight class.
Two wins and he could get his shot at the title.
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