It’s been a long time coming, but after a five year drought former UFC light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz finally got a win under his belt at UFC 132.
Regardless of what you may think of Ortiz, given that he was facing certain extinction from the UFC if he lost to Ryan Bader this was a pretty remarkable turn of events.
As a result, for the first time in many moons it’s now actually interesting to sit back and consider who ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ may face next in the Octagon.
To tell the truth it’s a little hard to assess exactly where Ortiz ranks after this win. His recent record is still a very unsightly 1-4-1, but the level of competition throughout that period has been high and Bader was well ranked in the division going into this fight.
If the UFC follows their standard policy with Ortiz then they’ll be looking to pair him up with another tough and well known opponent next time out.
With that in mind the winner, or perhaps even the loser of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Vs Rich Franklin at UFC 134 in August makes sense.
Ortiz had originally been paired up with Lil Nog instead of Bader earlier in the year so that’s clearly a fight that the UFC is interested in, while Franklin, another former champion who’s struggling to put together a winning run would also be very marketable.
Personally I wouldn’t mind seeing Ortiz go up against someone a little further down the food chain for a change.
Stephan Bonnar is a fighter that appears to fit the bill. He’s looking for a higher profile fight after getting a couple of wins under his belt of late, isn’t currently booked to fight anyone at this time, and and would make a nice change from Ortiz being squaring up to Bonnar’s TUF season 1 cohort Forrest Griffin for a third time.