Tito Ortiz was once known for his trash talk, but he has been kind of quiet leading into his fight with Rashad Evans with an occasional reply to Evans' comments about their first fight that ended in a draw in 2007.
After defeating Ryan Bader at UFC 132, Ortiz planned on taking the rest of the summer off and enjoying his victory while on vacation.
Two weeks later, Ortiz received a phone call from Dana White, who asked him to fill in for an injured Phil Davis.
Ortiz accepted the fight, and the rematch is now set to go down this weekend in Philadelphia.
These are the "Huntington Beach Bad Boy's" five best quotes leading up to the fight and the questions they create.
Ortiz has always been confident throughout his career. It would be almost impossible for any fighter who hadn't won a fight in over five years to come in and defeat a top 10 fighter in Ryan Bader and not be confident going into the fight.
Ortiz did just that despite losing four of his five previous fights, including a close decision loss to Forrest Griffin.
It will be interesting to see how that confidence gained from the previous fight carries into Saturday's main event. He is coming off one of the biggest wins of his career and knows Evans hasn't fought since defeating Quinton Jackson at UFC 114 last year. Ring rust will be a problem for "Sugar," and Ortiz is ready to start fast.
Expect to see the best Ortiz that we've seen in a while this weekend. If not the best, the most confident.
Many might be skeptical to believe whether Ortiz is feeling as good as he says he is feeling.
Ortiz would have never accepted this fight had he been injured or if he was not feeling healthy. He didn't have to accept it and knows just what is at stake.
The fight he referred to was versus Hall of Famer Randy "The Natural" Couture, which occurred in 2004 at UFC 44. Ortiz would lose his light heavyweight title to Couture after being dominated for five rounds. He had defended the belt five times prior to that fight.
It's usually not till after the fight that Ortiz lets everyone know what injuries he had before and going into the fight but he sounds confident and there's no reason not to believe him going into this one. We will just have to wait 'til after to really know what kind of condition he was in.
"He(Evans) says it felt like three gorillas were on him when I was on top of him," Ortiz told Jim Rome. "Well, I'm healthy. I'm stronger. Now it's going to feel like 10 gorillas are on you, buddy."
Evans has improved dramatically since the first fight with Ortiz. He has become the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, lost the title and even built himself back up to earn a shot at the title once again.
Since the 2007 fight, Evans has shown improvement in his stand-up ability as well as in his wrestling.
Ortiz's closest fight in his losing streak was against Evans, and it was one that many thought he should have won. It resulted in a draw because of a point deduction that occurred in the second round after Ortiz grabbed the cage.
This fight may turn out to be similar to the first but with both men being much more confident in their abilities. Expect an even more competitive fight between the two, but one that is just as close.
Win or lose, Ortiz saved his career in the UFC when he accepted the fight with Evans.
After Lyoto Machida declined the fight after asking for "Anderson Silva money," UFC President Dana White was grateful to Ortiz for accepting the challenge immediately after his only win in five years.
Many are calling it a much better fight as well. Evans' previous opponent, Phil Davis, isn't close to being as fit for a PPV headliner as Ortiz is.
Davis accepted a fight versus Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on short notice in a fight Ortiz was originally supposed to be in earlier this year and won. Ortiz called this fight a "blessing in disguise."
With the PPV also losing its original co-main event of Rich Franklin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, the draw for PPV buys falls on Ortiz.
Everybody is glad Ortiz stepped in to take this fight when he didn't have to. It could pay off in the biggest way if he comes out victorious.
When talking about game plans and the best coaches in MMA, many would say Greg Jackson is the best. He has trained many of the best fighters, including Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, Clay Guida, Nate Marquardt, Carlos Condit and Shane Carwin.
After Evans was told he was going to face Jones, who beat Mauricio Rua for the light-heavyweight title, he decided to split from Jackson's camp and go back to his original team at Imperial Athletics.
Gameplans could be a key to who wins this fight, and it's a toss up as to who has the better one leading up to it.
Ortiz might be better at fighting off his instincts than Evans so if things don't go his way, it might be a problem that Jackson isn't there to guide him.