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Ortiz/Nogueira to headline UFC Fight Night 24 in March

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INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 25:  Ryan Bader (top) is punched by Rogerio Nogueira during their UFC light heavyweight bout at Conseco Fieldhouse on September 25 2010 in Indianapolis Indiana.  (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 25: Ryan Bader (top) is punched by Rogerio Nogueira during their UFC light heavyweight bout at Conseco Fieldhouse on September 25 2010 in Indianapolis Indiana. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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A light-heavyweight clash between struggling fighters will headline UFC Fight Night 24 from Seattle.

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz will face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the March 26th show's main event, MMAJunkie.com reports.

While officials have not formally announced UFC Fight Night 24, the event is expected to take place March 26 in Seattle and air on the UFC's longtime cable partner, Spike TV.

UFC Fight Night 24 represents the UFC's first visit to Washington. While a venue has not yet been announced for the event, Seattle's 17,000-seat KeyArena would seem a likely target. Currently, the Washington State Department of Licensing's boxing, wrestling and martial-arts division hasn't scheduled the show, according to a department official, but that seems a mere formality.

UFC Fight Night 24, which was first reported by MMAjunkie.com, precedes the debut episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 13" on Spike TV, which airs four days later on March 30.

Ortiz (15-8-1 overall) has lost his last three fights and is winless in five. He has not won since a TKO win against Ken Shamrock in October 2006. He most recently lost a decision to Matt Hamill at UFC 121.

Nogueira (19-4-0 overall) has struggled in 2010. He won a controversial split decision against Jason Brilz at UFC 114 and then lost a unanimous decision to Ryan Bader at UFC 119.