UFC 133: Rashad Evans Knocks Tito Ortiz Out, Punches Ticket for Title Shot
Evans, coming off a 14-month layoff, was able to dominate Ortiz, who fought just five weeks ago.
Everyone expected that Rashad would have the advantage standing and those expectations proved accurate, as the standing portions of the fight were all Evans.
Tito did have some success in the fight, earning a takedown in the first round and almost catching a guillotine choke in the second.
Apart from that, Rashad was able to completely control the fight. He won the striking battle and also was able out-wrestle Ortiz, scoring a couple dominant takedowns over the course of the fight.
Tito looked a little bit lost on his back against Evans, managing to survive for a while, but showing generally poor defense and taking a lot of ground and pound from Rashad.
In the second round, it looked like Ortiz was going to get back to his feet after being controlled on the ground for much of the round.
Tito was staying on his knees, strategically, so that Rashad couldn't throw knees or kicks to his head, when Evans landed a big knee to the body that completely knocked the wind out of Ortiz.
The knee crumpled the Huntington Beach Bad Boy and from there Evans was able to pound him out.
Tito fought just five weeks ago against Ryan Bader, winning by first-round guillotine choke. He was given this fight last minute, replacing an injured Phil Davis.
Not too long ago, Ortiz was fighting just to keep his job. Now, his fate seems uncertain.
This was Evan's first fight since defeating Quinton Jackson by unanimous decision 14 months ago. Rashad was supposed to fight Mauricio Rua earlier this year for the light heavyweight championship, but was forced to pull out with an injury. Then he was supposed to fight Jon Jones for the belt, but Jones pulled out with an injury.
Now that Evans has made his return to the Octagon and been successful, there should be no question that he will get the next shot at the light heavyweight belt, after Quinton Jackson who will fight Jon Jones at UFC 135.
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