Campbell McLaren, chief executive of the Spanish martial arts promotion Combate Americas, announced on Tuesday in an interview with Generacion MMA that the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz will step back in the octagon for a forthcoming battle against former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio.
"I want to say here is the date, here's the place, here's the city, but we're close," McLaren said. "I'm here in Madrid looking for media partners and we get a good answer [a]. I want to say that Tito Ortiz – Alberto Del Rio fight will be on TV and mobile in Spain. You will see it, I know that is true.
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– Gonzalo Campos MMA (@campos_gon) July 9, 2019
No word yet on when or how accurate The match will take place. Del Rio's last MMA match came in February 2010 when he lost Yamamoto Hanshi via TKO.
After Del Rio's second round in WWE ended in September 2016, he returned his attention to MMA and was appointed president for Combate Americas and became responsible for promoting the campaign in Mexico, leaving his position in July 2017, several months after is deb uding with Impact Wrestling as Alberto El Patron.
Back in December, Del Rio gave an interview with BJPenn.com Radio, where he aimed to return to MMA as an active fighter.
"I'm a big fan of the Rocky movies, and I remember the scene when Rocky tells Paulie:" Hey, I need to get the animal out of the basement. "That's how I feel," Del Rio said in December's episode of BJPenn.com Radio, long before this fight with Tito Ortiz was announced. "I want to get something out of the basement, take it out of the basement. I went back to the gym and I just started kicking ass and working hard every day, and I told myself," Hey, I know I think I can do it again. & Nbsp;
"I'm smart, I retired in almost 12-13 years, I retired 12-13 years ago. I don't want to hurry on anything so I do it right way, "he added." I started getting my stamina back, my cardio back, and just two weeks ago we started making the sparrow a little bit.
Ortiz's last MMA match came in November 2018 when he beat his long-term competitor Chuck Liddell.
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