No Love Lost in Philly

The UFC made their way back to Philadelphia for UFC 133 but did not have any title fights, although that didn’t deter the fighters from putting on a show. The main event had been changed multiple times as Rashad Evans got a new opponent almost every month. It finally stopped with Tito Ortiz who accepted the fight 8 days after his last fight. The change turned out to be a great matchup as it was the rematch that both fighters had wanted after their first fight. At UFC 73 Ortiz and Evans had faced off and fought to a draw as Ortiz looked like he was going to win until he had a point taken away for grabbing the fence. The draw did not sit well with either fighter and UFC 133 was their chance to avenge the draw and prove who the better fighter is. With Evans out of the ring for 14 months and Ortiz just recently getting his first win in 3 years both fighters were ready to come out and prove that they belong at the top of the light heavyweight division. The fighters entered the ring with intensity after many words were exchanged before the fight. The intensity translated to the fight as the fighters came out and immediately Ortiz threw a kick that landed but did not end the fight. The rest of the round ended up with a feeling out period until Ortiz earned his first takedown. Evans got up and unloaded on Ortiz unleashing a flurry of punches that Ortiz had to survive. Ortiz remained standing and then Evans slammed him on the mat and unloaded while on top of Ortiz. Ortiz survived this onslaught and made it into the second round. The second round started with Evans attempting a takedown that landed but with it came Ortiz’s guillotine choke that he used to end his last fight against Ryan Bader. Ortiz was in half guard and Evans made sure that he remained in half guard as if he had got the full guard Ortiz would have ended the fight with the choke. Evans escaped the choke and continued his ground and pound but got caught again this time in an ankle lock. Evans was quick enough to get out of it and got back on top of Ortiz as he tried to get back up. As Ortiz was trying to get back up Evans was loading a knee to get him but Ortiz had his knees on the ground. So Evans unloaded the knee into the chest of Tito that made him collapse. As he collapsed Evans unloaded on him again that forced the referee to end the fight giving Rashad the win. With the win Rashad will now become the #1 contender in the light heavyweight division and will fight the winner of the Rampage Jackson vs. Jon Jones fight later this year. Tito Ortiz will not change too much as he has still made his comeback and the fact that he took this fight on short notice means that he will not move down in the rankings. He will also not move up until his next fight as he continues to climb the light heavyweight division.

In the main card another great fighter continued his comeback into the UFC as Vitor Belfort took on Yoshihiro Akiyama. Belfort entered the UFC when he was 21 years old in 1997 and dominated the UFC with his amazingly fast hands. Akiyama is another story as he has been a massive star in Japan for years but decided to come to North America and fight in the UFC and become a big star here. The two fighters faced off at UFC 133 and “The Phenom” looked like he was 21 again. Belfort came out strong and caught Akiyama with a hard right hand that made him stumble. Belfort then switched to a different level and came after Akiyama with furious strikes. He forced the referee to stop the fight as Belfort won and continued a hot streak winning 6 of his last 7 fights, the one loss was to Anderson Silva. Akiyama lost his 3rd in only 4 fights in the UFC as he is starting to fall down the ladder. The lone Canadian on the card had a great night as Rory MacDonald finished his fight with devastating blows from the top of Mike Pyle. MacDonald is now climbing the ladder quickly as he seems to get better every single fight.

The Bonuses for UFC 133 were given to the best performances and totaled $70,000 to each fighter involved. There was no “Submission of the Night” as there was not one submission on the card for UFC 133. The “Knockout of the Night” went to Vitor Belfort for his speedy TKO over Yoshihiro Akiyama. The “Fight of the Night” went to the main event as Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans fought hard in their rematch that ended with Evans having his hand raised.

 

Full Results:

“Suga” Rashad Evans def. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz

(TKO; Rd. 2)

 

“The Phenom” Vitor Belfort def. Yoshihiro Akiyama

(KO; Rd. 1)

 

Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole def. Dennis “Superman” Hallman

(TKO; Rd. 1)

 

Constantinos “Costa” Philippou def. Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera

(Split Decision)

 

Rory “Aries” Macdonald [Canadian] def. Mike “Quicksand” Pyle

(TKO; Rd. 1)

 

Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson def. Matt “The Hammer” Hamill

(KO; Rd. 2)

 

Chad “Money” Mendes def. Rani Yahya

(Unanimous Decision)

 

Ivan Menjivar def. Nick Pace

(Unanimous Decision)

 

Johny Hendricks def. Mike Pierce

(Split Decision)

 

Mike Brown def. Nam Phan

(Unanimous Decision)

 

Rafael “Sapo” Natal def. Paul “The Gentleman” Bradley

(Unanimous Decision)

 

Upcoming Events

 

UFC Live 5: Hardy vs. Lytle (August 14th; 9:00 pm)

– Live Free on Sportsnet/Versus

– Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Bradley Center)

– Main Event: Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy vs. Chris “Lights Out” Lytle

– Notable: Jim Miller vs. Ben “Smooth” Henderson

 

UFC 135: Silva vs. Okami (August 27th; 9:00 pm)

– Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (HSBC Arena)

– Main Event: Anderson “The Spider” Silva vs. Yushin “Thunder” Okami [Middleweight Title]

– Notable: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Forrest Griffin

– Notable: Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub vs. Minotauro Nogueira

 

Battle on the Bayou (September 17th; 9:00 pm)

– Live Free on Sportsnet/Spike

– New Orleans, Louisiana (New Orleans Convention Center)

– Main Event: Jake Shields vs. Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger

– Notable: Court “The Crusher” McGee vs. Dongi “The Ox” Yang

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