The always controversial Tito Ortiz will return to the octagon on November 17th at UFC 78 in New Jersey. Though no opponent is confirmed it is expected that Ortiz will face off with Rashad Evans. The pair fought to a draw at UFC 73 in July and comments following the fight indicated they would square off again in their very next fight which we now know will come at UFC 78.
In their first meeting earlier this year Ortiz had claimed a 29-28 victory on the judges scorecard but a one-point deduction for grabbing the fence cost him the fight and a rematch was granted to determine a winner. The winner of the bout will likely get serious consideration for a title shot in 2008 increasing the importance of securing the win for both fighters.Ortiz won 5 straight UFC fights and received a chance at the Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 66 in December but was dispatched by a heavy handed Chuck Liddell. The draw to Evans further slowed Ortiz’s momentum though a win over Evans could put him back on track.
Evans will be looking to add to his undefeated 10-0-1 record when he likely faces Ortiz at UFC 78.Â The winner of the second season of the Ultimate Fighter he had 5 straight wins in the octagon over Brad Imes, Sam Hoger, Stephan Bonnar, Jason Lambert, and Sean Salmon before fighting to a draw with Ortiz.
UFC 78 has yet to be officially confirmed but when it is expect this bout to be among the first announced.