Rashad Evans blasting Tito Ortiz in their first matchup
Highlighting UFC 133 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 6 will be a light heavyweight contest between two former champions, "Suga" Rashad Evans and "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz.
Creating a media frenzy outside of the Octagon with his Twitter battles and opinionated comments regarding both Jon Jones and Quinton Jackson, Evans' media tornado outside of the Octagon has not affected his performance inside.
No other adjective describes Rashad Evans greater than consistent. He is consistently prepared for his matchups, delivers excellent performances each time he steps foot inside the Octagon and is consistently enhancing his overall skill-set.
Looking to secure the No. 1 challenger ranking with a victory over Ortiz, "Suga" will definitely bring his A game to the Octagon this Saturday.
The resurgence of Tito Ortiz may reach a legendary status if he defeats Evans in Philadelphia.
Resurrecting his career with a first round submission victory over the tough light heavyweight prospect Ryan Bader at UFC 132, Ortiz accepted this main event bout on short notice, looking to capitalize on his current momentum in the famed Octagon.
Both fighters are talented grapplers and above average strikers. The difference in this matchup lies with Evans' movement and ability to capitalize on an opening in a moment's notice.
Defeating both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin with this strategy, Evans will look to keep Ortiz off-balance with his movement and strike without hesitation when a mistake is made by "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy."
As much as I would like to witness a strong comeback in his career by Ortiz, I feel that Evans' talent is too much for aging veteran to overcome.
When the main event is complete and the sweat is wiped and the blood is clotted, "Suga" Rashad Evans will once again have his hand raised in victory and will be next in line to challenge the current UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon "Bones" Jones for the title.
Winner: Rashad Evans via unanimous decision