Saturday, February 19, 2011

UFC: Ortiz Injured; Davis In to Face Nogueir

Phil Davis (above, top) will replace Tito Ortiz at UFC Fight Night 24. | Dave Mandel/

An injury has sidelined Tito Ortiz from his bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24.

Ortiz will be replaced by undefeated light heavyweight contender Phil Davis of Alliance MMA. UFC President Dana White announced the injury and Davis’ substitution on his verified Twitter account Saturday afternoon.

“Tito has pulled out of fight night due to getting stitches,” stated a post on White’s Twitter account. “8-0 Phil Davis will be fighting Lil Nog now and is pumped for this fight!”

Davis, hailing from Harrisburg, Penn., is 4-0 in the UFC. The former Penn State University standout wrestler last saw action in an impressive submission of Tim Boetsch in November 2010.

Nogueira (19-4), the twin brother of MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, is coming off a tough loss to prospect Ryan Bader at UFC 119.

UFC Fight Night 24 will go down March 26 at the Key Arena in Seattle, and will likely be headlined by the Nogueira-Davis tilt.

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