Rashad Evans dominated Tito Ortiz at UFC 133
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Former light heavyweight champion Rashad “Suga” Evans was all business when he walked to the cage at UFC 133 “Evans vs. Ortiz 2” at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Evans (16-1-1, 11-1-1 UFC) entered the cage on all fours, similar to what his former training partner Jon Jones does when he enters. Evans seemed to be truly focused for this fight from the opening bell. His opponent, Tito Ortiz (16-9-1, 15-9-1 UFC), paced back-and-forth, as if he was a caged animal.
Both fighters had good exchanges in the opening round. The first round ended with Ortiz on his back taking several punches from Evans.In the second round Ortiz had a guillotine choke on Evans, but he escaped. Ortiz looked tired and Evans took advantage of him by raining down elbows while holding Ortiz in a mounted crucifix.
Ortiz was able to get up, but was pinned against the fence. Evans kneed Ortiz in the chest and followed with several punches before the referee stopped the bout at 4:48 of the second round. This was the dominant performance Evans needed after a boring fight with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 114.
After the fight Evans let Jones and Jackson know, “I got my first performance in, and I want to get at Jon Jones,” he said. “I want my belt back. Whether he has it or Rampage has it, I’m getting my belt back.”
By taking this non-championship fight, Evans had a lot more to lose than Ortiz. Winning this fight ensures him that he would be taking on the winner of the Jones vs. Jackson fight. But as we have seen, nothing is guaranteed in UFC.
In the co-main event, middleweight Vitor Belfort (20-9, 9-5 UFC) had a devastating knockout of Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-4, 2 NC, 1-3 UFC) at 1:52 of the first round. The former light heavyweight champion, Belfort is now fighting at 185-pounds. He overpowered his Japanese opponent. Akiyama tried to do a front kick similar to Anderson Silva when he knocked out Belfort. The kick fell short and Belfort knocked him to the canvas with several punches and a hammer fist. Referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bout as Akiyama was on the canvas motionless.
Full undercard results:
Constantinos Philippou won by split decision over Jorge Rivera.
Rory MacDonald won by TKO (punches) over Mike Pyle at 3:54 of the first round.Alexander Gustafsson won by TKO (Punches & Elbows) over Matt Hamill at 3:41 of the second round.
Chad Mendes won by unanimous decision over Rani Yahya.
Ivan Menjivar won by unanimous decision over Nick Pace.
Johny Hendricks won by split decision over Mike Pierce.
Mike Thomas Brown won by unanimous decision over Nam Phan.
Rafael Natal won by unanimous decision over Paul Bradley.