MMA veteran Tito Ortiz wasn’t able to defeat the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s number one contender, Rashad Evans, at UFC 133, but the 36-year-old fighter still impressed many fans with his valiant effort against Rashad.
Tito, who came into UFC 133 off an impressive win over Ryan Bader, held his own against Evans, almost finishing the MMA fight with a guillotine choke in the second round.
Leading up to UFC 133, Ortiz didn’t get any respect from the oddsmakers who had Rashad as the heavy favorite. The UFC 133 fight between Evans and Ortiz, turned out to be an all out war, with both fighters clearly motivated to get a title shot.
“I came here and gave it my all. I got nothing to hold back.” Tito said after the fight. “Rashad beat me at my best. Rashad is the better man. 100 percent, I’ll be back. I want to fight before the year is over, for sure. I’m gonna take about a month off, go on vacation, enjoy my family, enjoy my businesses, get right back in the gym, and hop on that horse again. I’m young still. I just turned 36. I still got a lot of fight left in me.”
It wasn’t much of a surprise when UFC officials later announced Evans and Ortiz had received the “Fight of The Night” award. Even though Ortiz has only be able to win one of his last seven fights, the MMA veteran still has a little gas left in the tank. Rashad’s performance at UFC 133 was probably the best of his entire MMA career, yet, the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” held his own.
Tito might never get to wear the UFC’s light-heavyweight belt again, but the MMA veteran fighter still has some big fights left in him. Hopefully, Tito will get more opportunities to fight high-level opponents and give MMA fans more entertaining fights.