Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz will make his return to the cage this November when he faces Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at Bellator: Rampage vs. Tito.
Ortiz, who retired following a loss to Forrest Griffin last year, underwent several surgeries to get his body back to the level needed to compete.
“My future is solidified and I’m happy about it,” Ortiz said, on his decision to return to MMA, during a recent conference call. “I’m strong, healthy and I want to fight. My mind is in a better place to compete.”
While he rose to prominence in the early days of the UFC, “The People’s Champ” has won just once in his last eight fights overall. That victory, though, appears to be his focus right now.
“People saw what I did to Ryan Bader. All I did was train, be with my kids, and I was there,” he said. “When my back is against the wall, and I’m not expected to do anything special, I do something special.”
The main event will highlight the first-ever pay-per-view put on by Bellator.