A light-heavyweight clash between struggling fighters will headline UFC Fight Night 24 from Seattle.
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.