On July 7th, 2007 Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans fought to a three round draw. There was a great deal of animosity between the two leading up to their bout and they nearly came to blows at a UFC event prior to their meeting in the cage.
The fight was good but failed to live up to the prefight hype. At the time, Evans was still an up and comer, who relied mainly on his speed and wrestling. Ortiz was plagued by back and a myriad of other injuries and appeared to be on the downside of his career.
In the end, the difference in the fight turned out to be a point deduction Ortiz received in the 2nd round for repeatedly grabbing the fence. The deduction would ultimately cost him the victory.
Fast-forward four years and Evans and Ortiz finally have a chance to settle the score.
The stakes in their rematch are very high. A victory for Evans guarantees him the next shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. He was scheduled to fight for the title in March but had to pull out with a knee injury.
Tito Ortiz is on cloud nine after defeating Ryan Bader earlier this month, a win over Evans would add to his already Hall of Fame worthy resume. In addition, it puts him right back in the thick of the title hunt in the UFC’s stacked Light Heavyweight division.
The general consensus is that Evans should win the fight handily. I disagree.
Here are five reasons Tito Ortiz will shock the world and defeat Rashad Evans on August 6th.