IT'S TIME! Well, it is almost time for UFC 133 Evans Vs. Ortiz tonight from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. Like always, a fight card stacked from top to buttom and basically all matchups are good candidates for Fight of The Night honors.
In a main event not an inch short of exciting, a collision of big mouths and big egos when "Suga" Rashad Evans who is coming from a 14 month lay off, a knee injury, and surgery, faces none other than the new—some say it's actually the old—“Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz.
Ortiz, who took this fight on short notice only days after defeating Ryan Bader in a career-saving submission win, responded to the calls from the UFC asking for a replacement when Black House’s Lyoto Machida turned down the opportunity not before playing a little hard ball with the UFC brass and ask for “Anderson-Silva-money.”
Originally set to be a match between “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis and Rashad Evans, this new main event has drawn attention from all sides of the MMA spectrum and of course, these two masters of smack-talking share equal loads on their backs.
Rashad has to fight off ring rust and an injury and Ortiz has to fight off all the consecutive losses and so many years despite his resurrection against Bader.
These two former light heavyweight champions fought to a draw in a fight where Ortiz was deducted a point for grabbing the fence. Many fans claim it was a draw because of the point deduction therefore Ortiz should’ve won the fight. Other assure that if Ortiz hadn’t held on to the fence he would’ve been taken down at will by Evans and therefore, Rashad would’ve taken it.
Today they are two new animals and we are nothing but sure it will be an amazing fight.
The co-main event lies in the hands of two of the most dangerous fighters in the middleweight division, “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort faces Yoshihiro Akimaya a.k.a “Sexy-Yama. Even though they are both coming from losses to Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping respectively, there is no doubt this will be a fight to watch for with all the ingredients necessary to stop the crowd in its tracks and keep them on the edge.
The main card is completed with a welterweight showdown between Dennis Hallman and Brian Ebersole. Our friend and Puerto Rican pride “El Conquistador” Jorge Rivera faces Costa Phillippou, and the young buck meets the veteran when Rory McDonald faces Mike Pyle.
So sit back and relax. Scroll down, hit the PLAY button, type in a name, and be a part of a MMA evening full of action. MMA action starts at 5:45 pm ET on Facebook, two prelims at 8pm ET on Spike TV and the main card on PPV at 9pm ET. Our chat starts along with the PPV. Enjoy!
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Prelims on Facebook
Rafael Natal vs. Paul Bradley – 185 lbs.
Mike Brown vs.NamPham – 145 lbs.
Johny Hendricks vs. Mike Pierce – 170 lbs.
Ivan Menjivar vs. Nick Pace – 135 lbs.
Prelims on Spike TV
ChadMendes vs. Rani Yahya – 145
Matt Hammil vs. Alexander Gustafsson – 205
The MMA Truth’s Predictions for the Main Card
Evans vs. Ortiz - Ortiz wins by unanimous decision
Belfortvs. Akiyama –Belfortwins by TKO
Hallman vs. Ebersole – Ebersole wins by unanimous decision
Rivera vs. Phillippou – Rivera wins by KO
McDonald vs. Pyle – McDonald wins by unanimous decision
We also pick Pauld Bradley to win by submission and Mike Pierce to win by TKO.
Thank you for reading and enjoy the chat.
Originally posted at The MMA Truth.