Light heavyweights Tito Ortiz (15-5-1) and Rashad Evans (10-0-1) will rematch at UFC 78 at the Prudential Arena in Newark, N.J., on November 17.
Last week, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" informed UFCmania.com that the date was "likely" and it was confirmed today in a recent article in the Pahrump Valley Times.
Ortiz and Evans first met at UFC 73: "Stacked" on July 7, fighting to a disappointing three-round draw. The "Man in Charge of the Action" that night, referee "Big" John McCarthy, deducted a point from Ortiz in the second round for grabbing the fence -- a development that ultimately led to the 28-28 decision on all three judges scorecards.
After the fight, Ortiz disclosed that he had sustained a back injury during training, hampering his performance in the later rounds. He has since gone on a USO Tour in the Middle East to visit with service men and women in the military stationed overseas.
In recent interviews, Ortiz has commented that he wanted to have the rematch in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, it seems that he has settled on the new Newark arena, which is about a 20-minute drive from the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, as well as easy accessible via mass transit.
Put simply, it's about as close to New York City as you can get without actually being in New York City.
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