Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Tito Ortiz
This fight started out with Tito looking like he was ready to fight three people. As in his last few fights, the Huntington Beach Bad Boy came out “guns hot” and was actually connecting a little and hit “little Nog” good a few times and a little dirty boxing.
And then he went for a take down that got stuffed and that was it. Antonio Rogerio hit Tito with a solid punch that rattled him a little. Nogueira followed with a knee to Tito’s body that dropped him to the floor and was very similar to the knee that Rashad Evans hit Tito with at UFC 133.
Little Nog eventually slipped enough elbows and punches on and passed a desperate Tito guard and caused a stop in the fight.
What’s next for Antonio Rogerio Nogueira?
Little Nog could have saved himself from falling far down the light heavyweight division with his victory. While he was able to snap his two-loss streak, the fight was against an aging Tito Ortiz.
Antonio still has a ways to go to jump to the top of the light heavyweight division, and a fight against Stephan Bonnar should be next. Bonnar has been on a three-fight win streak and could be on the verge of a serious push by the UFC.
Bonnar vs. Nogueira could be an exciting stand-up war and the winner could be given a chance to fight amongst the top of the light heavyweight division.
What’s next for Tito Ortiz?
As for the former light heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz, he made it clear that his next fight in the UFC will be his last. Tito obviously wants to retire after a win and they way things have been going for him (one win in his last seven fights), it is not going to be easy.
Ortiz’s opponent in his final fight of his career should be Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell or Forrest Griffin. A fight against Silva will give Tito a decent chance at going out on top because Wanderlei is also in the end of his career.
A fight against Chuck Liddell may not be likely; but it is definitely a fight that fans would like to see. A rubber match between Ortiz and Griffin would be interesting; however, this probably isn’t the best fight for Tito if he wants to win.