Tito Ortiz isn’t done yet.
A UFC Hall of Famer, Ortiz (20-12-1 MMA) has decided to step into the cage once again when he takes on Alberto El Patron (9-5 MMA) at an upcoming Combate Americas event, the promotion announced o on ESPN Monday afternoon.
According to ESPN, the card is scheduled to take place Dec. 7 at Payne Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. The fight will air live on pay-per-view for a price of $39.99, though no further details on how to purchase have been revealed at this time.
While not officially a title fight, two belts will be on the line when Ortiz faces El Patron. Both men have agreed to put up their most coveted title belts; Ortiz putting up his UFC light heavyweight belt and El Patron his WWE championship.
No other contests for the card have been announced at this time, though ESPN said a Combate Americas strawweight title fight is expected to be added.
A matchup between Ortiz and El Patron (a.k.a. Alberto Del Rio) has been long rumored since Ortiz’s signing was announced in April. In the past months, the two men have engaged in a war of words through interviews, and social media.
Ortiz has retired multiple times over the past seven years. After he lost to Forrest Griffin at UFC 148 in July 2012, Ortiz called it quits and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. However, in July 2013, Ortiz signed with Bellator, where he competed four times.
After he defeated Chael Sonnen in January 2017 in what was pegged as his last MMA fight, Ortiz left his gloves in the center of the cage. Twenty-two months later, Ortiz returned and took on 48-year-old Chuck Liddell in a trilogy bout. Ortiz defeated his rival by first-round knockout.
While El Patron is most well-known for his time in the WWE, the 42-year-old Mexican has competed in 14 MMA fights. In MMA, El Patron hasn’t competed since 2010 and has never competed in the United States.
During much of his MMA career El Patron competed under the moniker Dos Caras Jr. In what is likely his most high-profile matchup to date, a masked El Patron was brutally knocked out with a headkick by Mirko Cro Cop at PRIDE: Bushido 1 in October 2003.