Go high or go home.
Tito Ortiz, who will take on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 140 tomorrow night (Sat., Dec. 10, 2011) from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, wants to win the coveted "Knockout of the Night" bonus when all is said and done.
His reasoning is simple, really:
"It will be a tough fight. A very tough fight. He's a great light heavyweight. And I'm going to go in and give my heart and soul every time I do fight, you know, and put on a show. That's what I do. I put on shows and I fight with my heart, my mind and my determination. Try to get my hand raised. I'd rather take my chances on my feet. I think he's a great striker but he makes a lot of mistakes with looping punches and he's a southpaw so he's going to fall into my right hand. I want to keep this fight standing and I want to try to knock him out. I got 'Submission of the Night' against Bader, I got 'Fight of the Night' against Rashad, so let's get 'Knockout of the Night' against Lil' Nog."
Am I the only one who didn't realize Ortiz had won consecutive fight night awards? That's a bit of an impressive feat for someone at his age (36) and at this stage of his career (almost retired).
His goal is a lofty one, though, considering his opponent's boxing credentials. Nogueira won a Gold Medal in the South American Games back in 2006 and a Bronze Medal in the Pan Am Games in 2007.
He's pretty good at throwing hands, is what I'm saying.
Nonetheless, "The People's Champ" will be looking to deliver a highlight reel finish and, in turn, earn some extra coin for his efforts. Can he do it?