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UFC Quick Quote: Tito Ortiz' 'new beginning' starts today

"A new beginning starts tomorrow (Friday, July 31, 2009). I have stood my ground as a fighter and business man. Now my fans will get to see the best of me. New back, new mind, and new motivation. Every fighter will thank me later. Let the punishment begin!"

-- Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz updates his fans via his personal page about big news on the horizon concerning his fighting future. It's expected that UFC President Dana White will announce today at 2 p.m. ET that the "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" will return to the Octagon after a huge rift was apparently patched up at the fan expo earlier this month. Ortiz is coming off major spinal fusion surgery to correct a back problem that plagued him in his most recent bouts. His last appearance was in May 2008 -- a unanimous decision loss to now 205-pound champion, Lyoto Machida. Speculation has swirled that Ortiz could return to competition as soon as UFC 103 on Sept. 19, but nothing is official at this time. Care to guess who may be the first to get punished?

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