Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has agreed to fill-in for Phil Davis in his scheduled encounter against Rashad Evans at UFC 133. Initial reports indicated Ortiz had passed over the opportunity for face Evans at UFC 133, but the veteran MMA fighter has apparently changed his mind.
“Get ready Philly for Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz!!! Aug 6th LIVE on PPV at the Wells Fargo Center!!!!!!” UFC president Dana White tweeted, as he announced the rematch between the two MMA veterans.
Ortiz would have won a close decision when the two MMA fighters first met 4 years ago at UFC 73, but a second round point deduction forced Ortiz to settle for the draw. Even though Ortiz looked like the better MMA fighter in their previous encounter, Rashad was definitely a different type of fighter back then.
Like fellow “Ultimate Fighter” reality series alum Josh Koscheck, Evans was a pure wrestler with rudimentary striking skills in his earlier UFC fights. The Rashad Evans that knocked out Chuck Liddell to earn a shot at the UFC’s light-heavyweight belt isn’t the same MMA fighter Ortiz faced at UFC 73.
It’s hard to count Tito out, given his recent first round submission of Ryan Bader, but he’ll be in for a tough night against Rashad. Evans knows a win over Ortiz will guarantee a shot at the UFC’s light-heavyweight title, and he’ll be highly motivated for the fight.
If Tito Ortiz does find a way to defeat Rashad Evans at UFC 133, a title shot will be appropriate for the 36 year old MMA fighter. After all, Rashad is the number one contender in the light-heavyweight division.