Former UFC light heavyweight champ and current MMA free agent Tito Ortiz appears headed to Affliction.
The promotion has not yet announced the potential signing, but has promoted Ortiz as a “special guest” for a press scheduled for tomorrow in Los Angeles to promote their upcoming “Day of Reckoning” event, which takes place on January 24th in Anaheim.
Andrei Arlovski, Josh Barnett, Vitor Belfort, Matt Lindland, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Chris Horodecki, Dan Lauzon, and Vladimir Matyushenko are also scheduled to appear at the press conference.
Ortiz has failed to earn a victory in his last three bouts dating back to late-2006. He was last in action in May, fulfilling his UFC contract with a unanimous decision loss to Lyoto Machida. Ortiz then announced that he would be signing with EliteXC, but the promotion collapsed before an agreement was reached. Now he appears likely to sign with Affliction, but will be unable to compete until Spring 2009 at the earliest after undergoing successful back surgery, that is if the reeling promotion survives to promote a third event.