Fans of the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” will have to wait a bit longer in order to see the former UFC light heavyweight champion look for another win inside the Octagon.
Ortiz has pulled out of his upcoming bout against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24.
MMAjunkie reports that Ortiz was forced to receive 22 stitches due to an accidental headbutt during training. The wound is reportedly severe enough to force Ortiz out of his headlining bout on March 26.
Undefeated light heavyweight Phil Davis (8-0) will fill in for Ortiz against Nogueira.
Davis was set to compete against Matt Hamill at UFC 129 before an unexpected turn of events caused Hamill to be pulled from the bout to compete against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 130.
Jackson’s original opponent, Thiago Silva, was pulled from that fight for unknown reasons.
Jason Brilz was then called upon to replace Hamill against Davis at UFC 129 but that fight is now off.
“Mr. Wonderful” debuted in the UFC in February of last year and quickly racked up four straight wins within nine months. He last competed at UFC 123 in November earning a submission victory over Tim Boetsch.
Nogueira is coming off a loss to light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader at UFC 119 this past September.