Tito Ortiz out, Phil Davis faces Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24

By MMAJunkie.com

The UFC‘s first-ever trip to Washington has undergone a major overhaul.

UFC president Dana White today announced that Tito Ortiz has been forced out of the UFC Fight Night 24 main event, and Phil Davis has been tapped as a replacement opponent for Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that an accidental training-session headbutt forced Ortiz to receive 22 stitches. An MRI and CT scan indicated no serious damage, but the wound was severe enough to force Ortiz to withdraw from the bout.

A timetable has not yet been determined for Ortiz’s return – a bout White has referred to as a “must-win” matchup for the former light heavyweight champion.

UFC Fight Night 24 takes place March 26 at KeyArena in Seattle and airs live on Spike TV.

Davis (8-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) had been expected to fight Matt Hamill at April’s UFC 129 event, then Jason Brilz when Hamill was pulled in favor of a UFC 130 matchup with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.



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