UFC 133 Preview

In another change Rashad Evans, who dropped out of an earlier fight due to injury, will now face Tito Ortiz instead of Phil Davis. For both fighters this was a good change as they both really want this fight. Rashad Evans has been slowly climbing the light heavyweight ladder after losing the belt and is now back among the top fighters in the division. Tito Ortiz is beginning to finally get back into the debate after a bad start.  After having an issue with his ACL when a teammate rolled over the back of his leg during training Evans had to drop out of a fight against former champion Mauricio Rua. He has now been out of the octagon for 14 months but looks to return and defend his #1 contender spot. After Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones had to drop out of the title fight Evans was to face Phil Davis. Yet again another injury forced the fight to change. Originally it was said to be Lyoto Machida but it was actually Tito Ortiz. Ortiz had been a force to be reckoned with in the light heavyweight division. In 2006 Ortiz lost to Chuck Liddell and began a long losing streak. After arguments with Dana White kept him out of the UFC he was finally welcomed back last year. Nothing changes as he continued to lose fights and was kept out of fights due to back injuries. Then last month Ortiz faced off against a young up and comer in Ryan Bader. Ortiz was fighting for his life in the UFC with his UFC contract on the line if he lost. Ortiz won the fight and remained in the UFC giving new life to his career and putting him in the conversation of top light heavyweights in the UFC. 8 days after the fight Ortiz received a call from Dana White asking if he would fight Rashad Evans at UFC 133. Ortiz originally said no to the offer as he wanted to relax after his win. Ortiz finally did take the fight and used a quick turnaround to get ready for Rashad. Both of these fighters have already faced each other once before as in UFC 73 a young Evans and Ortiz at the top of his game faced off to finish in a draw. Both fighters believed they won that fight and would love the opportunity for a rematch to prove they are the better fighter. It will be an interesting fight as Ortiz has always been the king of the Ground and Pound and a great wrestler. Rashad has a wrestling base but has evolved into a good striker. With the draw in hand it seemed as though the two fighters were close, although Tito did get a point taken away in round 2, and with the evolution of Evans game it may be a tough for Tito to overcome. Although Ortiz did win his last fight the short turnover and his latest record does not bode well for him. I expect this fight to go the distance once again but I believe it will not be a draw as Rashad will take the win and move on to a title fight.

In Canadian content Rory MacDonald, from Quesnel British Columbia, will face off against MMA veteran Mike Pyle. Macdonald is a young fighter on the rise who has a 2-1 UFC record with 1 stoppage and one dominating victory over Nate Diaz. Mike Pyle is the opposite as he is an MMA veteran with a 6-3 record in the UFC including a three fight win streak. MacDonald has faced veterans before and outworked them. Pyle is looking to become the next fighter to face off against Georges St. Pierre for the Welterweight title. MacDonald will rely on his strength to overcome Pyle as he looks to string together wins and become a name in the welterweight division. The Co-Main Event of the evening will be between Vitor Belfort and Yoshihiro Akiyama as both look to raise up the ranks in the middleweight division. Belfort is looking to continue his return after being known as “The Phenom” because he was one of the youngest fighters to dominate the UFC. Akiyama has been through the gambit of leagues and landed in the UFC in 2009 and has shown his talents. UFC 133 has a great card with many other great fighters and will be the start to a long period of great cards.

Full Fight Card

Main Event:

“Suga” Rashad Evans vs. Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz (PPV)

Main Card:

“The Phenom” Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (PPV)

Dennis “Superman” Hallman vs. Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole (PPV)

Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera vs. Constantinos “Costa” Philippou (PPV)

Rory “The Water Boy” MacDonald [Canadian] vs. Mike “Quicksand” Pyle (PPV)

Undercard:

Matt “The Hammer” Hamill vs. Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (Sportsnet)

Chad “Money” Mendes vs. Rani Yahya (Sportsnet)

Ivan Menjivar vs. Nick Pace (Facebook)

Johny Hendricks vs. Mike Pierce (Facebook)

Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan (Facebook)

Rafael “Sapo” Natal vs. Paul “The Gentleman” Bradley (Facebook)

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