Although recent rumors suggested that Tito Ortiz would return to the Octagon for a rubber match against Forrest Griffin in October, Mike Chiapetta at MMA Fighting has learned this is not the case, and confirmed with UFC president, Dana White, that Ortiz will fight Matt Hamill at UFC 121 in Anaheim, California:
A source with knowledge of the situation told MMA Fighting that "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" will face Matt Hamill at UFC 121, and UFC President Dana White subsequently confirmed the matchup in a text message.
The match-up is intriguing as Ortiz coached Hamill on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter, where the two bonded closely. Ortiz, who is progressing well in his recovery from spinal surgery, has often spoken fondly of Hamill, but the two will put that relationship aside in October.
The rumored card for 121 now includes:
Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann
Tito Ortiz vs. Matt Hamill
Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago
Brendan Schaub vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen
Chris Camozzi vs. Dongi Yang
Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor
Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor