Maybe things aren't that "Bad" for the "Boy" from Huntington Beach after all.
The Spike TV event is expected to serve as the customary lead-in to the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13, which beings airing on March 30.
It could also serve as the televised swan song for Ortiz.
Matt Hamill dropped the "Hammer" on his former teacher back at UFC 121 on Oct. 23 in Anaheim. The unanimous decision loss pushed "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" to a putrid 0-4-1 over his last five fights and the former light heavyweight champion has continued to look less effective in each outing.
Nogueira is also coming off a defeat, a unanimous decision to surging division contender Ryan Bader at UFC 119 last September. While the loss snapped a seven-fight winning streak, Rogerio has also been criticized for what was perceived as a poor showing in a split decision win over Jason Brilz at UFC 114 back in May.
Neither fighter has anything to prove in terms of their accomplishments in the sport of mixed martial arts, but they may have a lot to prove to the fans if they expect to be considered competitive in the promotion's stacked 205-pound weight class.
Anyone want to lay odds on the early favorite in this one? Nogueira -185?
No other potential match-ups have been announced at this time but as always, stay tuned to MMAmania.com for future updates to the UFC Fight Night 24 fight card as they become available.