UFC 133 Fight Card: Will Rashad Evans Finish off Tito Ortiz at UFC 133?

Brian OswaldMMA Editor August 6, 2011

LAS VEGAS - MAY 28:  UFC fighter Rashad Evans (R) reacts to the crowd while speaking to UFC announcer Joe Rogan (L) about his fight against UFC fighter Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson at UFC 114: Rampage versus Rashad at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Tito Oritz has only been stopped three times inside the Octagon.

Two of those stoppages came at the expense of knock out artist Chuck Liddell. Ortiz is a durable fighter with a solid chin, and so anyone looking to finish him has their work cut out for them. 

Rashad Evans, primarily known as a wrestler, has vastly improved his stand up game over the years.

While most of his wins have come via decision, he has some signature T(KO) wins on his resume, including one of the most memorable knockouts in UFC history over Chuck Liddell at UFC 88. 

If you're betting on how this fight might end, you're likely taking Evans to win by unanimous decision. Although there will definitely be some taking Ortiz, given that he is such a big betting underdog. 

A small but noticeable amount of people have been picking Evans to win by second or third round T(KO), though...so it begs the question: Will Evans finish off Ortiz tonight?

One thing people will point to is the speed differential between the two fighters. Evans is younger, has faster hands and better foot work/movement inside the cage. He has gotten much better at integrating his wrestling and striking into a more fluid and well-rounded game plan. 

As long as Evans can keep the fight mostly standing, he should be able to start timing Ortiz, pick him a part and get the finish in the second half of the fight like some are predicting. 

"Should be," because Ortiz has mostly carried more rudimentary striking into the cage. But training with famed boxing coach Jason Parillo seems to have paid dividends, as Ortiz was able to stun Ryan Bader at UFC 132 with his striking game, which led to the submission win. 

So while it would seem that this fight is destined to be decided by the judges, don't be surprised if Evans walks away with a T(KO) victory; and if you really want to let your imagination run wild, don't be overly shocked if Ortiz manages to pull off another sneaky submission victory.