Tito Ortiz returns on Oct. 23 at UFC 121 from the neck surgery that knocked him out of the UFC 115 main event. His opponent won’t be Chuck Liddell or Forrest Griffin like he hoped though. Instead, it will be someone who’s capable of pushing him just as hard but comes with significantly less star power — Matt Hamill.

A source with knowledge of the situation told MMA Fighting that “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” will face Matt Hamill at UFC 121, and UFC President Dana White subsequently confirmed the matchup in a text message.

On paper it seems like a tough fight for Tito to win. Hamill has the wrestling base to keep the fight standing and while his striking has progressed in recent years, Tito’s hasn’t. If Tito’s able to pull the victory off though, it will be his first since beating Ken Shamrock in 2006.

Ortiz-Hamill wasn’t the only match-up revealed for UFC 121 today. Sportsnet.ca is reporting that Brandon Schaub will take a considerable step up in competition against Gabriel Gonzaga. Also, Todd Duffee will look to put that heartbreaking last-minute loss to Mike Russow behind him with a win over TUF 10’s Jon Madsen.

That should just about do it for UFC 121 fight announcements. It’s a pretty stacked card. Here’s the unofficial line-up.

  • Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
  • Tito Ortiz vs. Matt Hamill
  • Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann
  • Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Brendan Schaub
  • Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago
  • Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor
  • Todd Duffee vs. Jon Madsen
  • Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen
  • Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor
  • Chris Camozzi vs. Dongi Yang

UFC 121 is expected to take place on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and will air live on pay-per-view. The latest UFC 121 fight card can be found in our fight cards section.

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