"It'll be a great fight for me. I'm hoping it to be a war, it'll be one of the toughest fights of my life. I'll be ready and prepared," Ortiz said.
Ortiz certainty hasn't had it easy in the UFC, last fighting Rashad Evans at UFC 133 on short notice. That bout was among his last seven bouts where he faced former title holders or would be champions in five of those fights dating back to late 2006.
"Against Rashad I didn't have enough time, I trained for like 10 days. I fought because UFC asked me to, I fought because the fans wanted to see me in action again. I probably shouldn't have done it, but I felt I was in good shape. I didn't have enough time to reach the top, but I'll have this time," Ortiz said.
Nogueira is noted for his grappling skills, a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt, which is complemented by his solid boxing. Both aspects are the focus of Ortiz's training camp as he prepares for the upcoming fight.
"I'll make sure I train a lot Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing and Wrestling. I'll test Rogerio's stand-up. People say his boxing skills are so great, but I've seen him being knocked down and I wanna try to do it to him," Ortiz said.