Tito Ortiz predicts a first round KO to Alberto Del Rio in their MMA fight this weekend

Alberto Del Rio and Tito Ortiz

Next week, the UFC will host their final huge event of 2019, which will have three title fights headlined by Kamaru Usman defending the welterweight title against rival Colby Covington.

But an equally-high profile fight that isn't being competed under the UFC banner is happening this weekend in the United States.

In a way, UFC will meet WWE yet again, as the UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz will step into a cage once again to face the former world champion of WWE - Alberto Del Rio.

Ortiz came out of retirement at the age of 43 last year to defeat his nemesis Chuck Liddell in a trilogy fight, one which didn't go down well in all corners of the globe.

UFC President Dana White labelled Oscar De La Hoya, the promoter of Liddell v Ortiz 3, a 'cokehead junkie' for letting it happen, but regardless of how it went down, Ortiz is continuing his career.

And he will go toe-to-toe with a wrestler who actually does have a background in MMA.

Tito Ortiz will step back into a cage once again this weekend

Del Rio had 14 fights between 2001 and 2010, most notably facing legendary star Mirko Cro Cop back in 2003 for the Pride promotion.

He hasn't stepped inside a cage in nine years, but Hispanic MMA promotion Combate Americas have given him the platform to return against Ortiz.

Ortiz is a huge favourite to walk out of Hidalgo, Texas this Saturday night as the victor, and he's predicting a quick finish to the bout.

“First round. One more time. I’m vicious. I’m not here playing around," Ortiz told KTLA 5, per BJPenn.com.

I wanna go protect my money maker [face] and put on a good show for the fans."

Tito Ortiz and Alberto Del Rio stare-down before their MMA fight

In a pre-fight face-off, Ortiz and Del Rio brought their UFC and WWE Championships respectively to the table, even though neither are active in those businesses anymore.

It's certainly a fight that is going to draw eyes to the screens though, and even though both men are in their 40s, there's no doubt that it's going to be entertaining.

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