President Dana White has announced key change to the UFC betting main event. The Huntington Beach Bad Boy Tito Ortiz has been replaced in the Light Heavyweight bout against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, a move that was pushed after Ortiz suffered a major injury during training.
According to online sports UFC betting reports, Ortiz suffered a severe gash to his forehead during training, and did not feel the wound would heel significantly before the fight. Ortiz revealed through his Twitter field that the injury was the result of a headbut, and needed 22 stitches just to close. In addition, there was concern that he had also suffered a concussion due to the blow. The obvious risk of that cut opening during the main event of the Seattle card would be a major hindrance to his ability in the bout, leaving White no other choice but to find another opponent for Nogueira. The injury is another sore spot on a career that has taken a major downward spiral in recent years, as one of the biggest names of the sport has become almost irrelevant. The 36-year old has really struggled with injuries, and has fought just twice since 2008, losing both of those contests. Ortiz is 0-4-1 since December of 2006, and at his age it could be a long time before he gets back in the win column, with some wondering whether he can ever perform at the highest level again.
It didn’t take long before the UFC president anointed Davis as the fighter best prepared to take the spot, and put his undefeated pay per head streak on the line. An experienced fighter that is versed in both wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Davis factors in as the perfect replacement. There has been lots of hype about the 26-year old former NCAA Division I wrestler since he broke in to the promotion on the heels of four straight wins to open his career outside of the UFC, and that number has now climbed to eight since his arrival. Of his four fights in the UFC, two have been clinched via submission while the other two went to judge’s decision. His latest, a second-round submission win via a modified Kimura over Tim Boetsch ranks among the most impressive, but he will still have to prove his self at the highest level. UFC Odds
Nogueira has not been in the octagon since September, when he lost to Ryan Bader via unanimous decision, a defeat that ended his seven-fight win streak. Now, he will need to prepare for a completely different type of sports betting bonus opponent, one that is much younger and much faster than Ortiz. Although the name isn’t there yet, this move will make for a much more exciting fight, and one that will have fans excited for UFC Fight Night: Seattle next month.