Evans has had a wild ride in getting to the bout with Ortiz, whom he previously fought to a draw at UFC 73 back in July 2007. Ortiz was penalized one point for holding the cage during the course of that fight, and at the end, the cards read 28-28 across the board.
Evans was originally set to face Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title, but that fight was called off before it was ever given an official date or location. Jones, suffering from a nagging hand injury, opted to take time off and allow his hand to heal, opting out of the bout.
Evans was then given an official booking for UFC 133, where he was scheduled to meet the up-and-coming Phil Davis. With less than a month to go before the fight, Davis was forced from the card with a knee injury.
The UFC then asked Ortiz if he wanted to step in. Ortiz originally turned down the fight, but after some consideration elected to get back in the cage on short notice to face Evans.
Ortiz is coming off a career-saving submission victory over Ryan Bader at UFC 132, which took place July 2.
Evans has not fought since he defeated Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 114 back in May 2010.
On Thursday July 28, the two light heavyweight contenders took part in a media conference call that Bleacher Report sat in on.
What follows are the best quotes from the UFC 133 media call.