Tito Ortiz Gets His Chance to Climb to the Top Against Rashad Evans at UFC 133

Jason Schielke@jasonschielkeCorrespondent IJuly 13, 2011

As if you didn't already know, Rashad Evans' second opponent for the headlining bout of UFC 133 has officially pulled out of the fight. Last night, it was reported that Phil Davis had suffered a knee injury, and would not be able to be ready by August 6.

Evans' original opponent, reigning light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, pulled out of the fight shortly after it was announced because of a thumb injury. He is now set to take on Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 135.

So now, after having two opponents fall through, who is there for Evans to fight?

It had been reported that Lyoto Machida would be stepping in and take on Evans for a second time, but his wife quickly squashed that rumor. With all the major players in the division currently tied up, are there any matches that make sense for Evans?

Not really, but there is a fighter who is on a hot streak of sorts.

Tito Ortiz is fresh off of his first victory in nearly six years—a submission victory over Ryan Bader at UFC 132. It had been rumored that Ortiz would step in for Davis, but he squashed those rumors on his Twitter account.

However, just a few moments ago, Ortiz had this to say:

@titoortiz Only for the UFC!

Then just a couple of minutes ago, Dana White just blew the minds of MMA fans everywhere when he tweeted this:

@danawhite Get ready philly for Rashad Evans vs Tito Ortiz!!! Aug 6th LIVE on PPV at the Wells Fargo Center!!!!!!

So there you have it. The emerging Tito Ortiz will have the chance to not only avenge his draw against Evans, but also put himself right back in the title picture before he calls it a career. 

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