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Ortiz to make return against Hamill at UFC 121 in Anaheim

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Tito Ortiz won't have to go far for his return to the Octagon.

The former UFC light-heavyweight champion will make his return to the organization following nearly a year layoff when he meets his former protégé Matt Hamill at UFC 121 on Oct. 23 from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., MMAFighting.com reports.

A source with knowledge of the situation told MMA Fighting that "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" will face Matt Hamill at UFC 121, and UFC President Dana White subsequently confirmed the matchup in a text message.

Ortiz was scheduled to fight Chuck Liddell at UFC 115 after the two squared off as coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 11." Instead, Ortiz had to pull out due to a neck injury that was operated on in March.

While on "The Ultimate Fighter 3," Hamill was Ortiz's first pick. Now the two will meet inside the Octagon.

Ortiz last fought at UFC 106 in November, dropping a split decision to Forrest Griffin. We last saw Hamill at "The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale" last month where he defeated Keith Jardine by majority decision. He has won four straight fights.