UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz was originally supposed to feature two men who don't like each other, so it's fitting that Tito Ortiz ultimately stepped in to fight Rashad Evans. It doesn't even matter that the card's No. 2 bout between Vitor Belfort and Yoshihiro Akiyama seems congenial by comparison.
The Huntington Beach Bad Boy and Suga Rashad have enough animosity for the entire event.
Evans seems like a sweetheart in person, but he sure doesn't get along well with the other kids in the 205-pound class. His squabbles with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones are a matter of the well read public record, but his long-standing war of both words and fists with his opponent in UFC 133's main event is only marginally less notorious.
Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz just don't like each other—they've thrown verbal barbs in the press and physical ones to a draw at UFC 73. While the war of words hasn't been as heated this time around, it's still evident these two gentlemen have a respectful-but-genuine rivalry.
That's typically good news for the fans.
Toss in Suga's yearlong layoff plus the Bad Boy's comeback and you've got the recipe for a burner.
In addition to a sizzling main event, the Philadelphia card offers a few other gems amidst a slate ravaged by injuries. Jones, the champ's original replacement (Phil Davis), UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo (scrapping a rumored bout with Chad Mendes), Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Vladimir Matyushenko and Alessio Sakara were all scratched due to injury.
We've got the aforementioned clash between the Phenom's and Sexiyama, Rory MacDonald's first appearance since the Waterboy dominated Nate Diaz at UFC 129, a trap bout for Chad Mendes' title aspirations and an appearance by fan-favorite Matt Hamill.
Yes, the injuries have hurt, but you never know when an epic tussle will break out.
So join us on Saturday at 5:45 PM ET/2:45 PM PT for the preliminary bouts on Facebook before the proceedings go live on Spike TV at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.
Main Card Bouts
Light Heavyweights: Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz—Evans defeats Ortiz by TKO (strikes) at 4:48 of the second round.
Middleweights: Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama—Belfort defeats Akiyama by TKO (punches) at 1:54 of the first round.
Welterweights: Brian Ebersole vs. Dennis Hallman—Ebersole defeats Hallman by TKO (strikes) at 4:28 of the first round.
Middleweights: Jorge Rivera vs. Constantinos Philippou—Philippou defeats Rivera by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).
Welterweights: Rory MacDonald vs. Mike Pyle—MacDonald defeats Pyle by TKO (strikes) at 3:54 of the first round.
Preliminary Card Bouts
Light Heavyweights: Matt Hamill vs. Alexander Gustafsson—Gustafsson defeats Hamill by TKO (elbows) at 3:34 of the second round.
Featherweights: Chad Mendes vs. Rani Yahya— Mendes defeats Yahya by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Bantamweights: Ivan Menjivar vs. Nick Pace— Menjivar defeats Pace by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Welterweights: Johny Hendricks vs. Mike Pierce—Hendricks defeats Pierce by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).
Featherweights: Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan—Brown defeats Phan by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Middleweights: Rafael Natal vs. Paul Bradley—Natal defeats Bradley by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).