Ortiz Looks To Pull Off Another Major Upset Against Evans at UFC 133

He may not look like Rocky Balboa, but Tito Ortiz (17-8-1) will find himself in a similar position heading into UFC 133 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday night.  Ortiz is fighting much more like a Cinderella story than his moniker of the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” following a brutal stretch of his career that almost ended it altogether.

A shocking submission win over Ryan “Darth” Bader at UFC 132 last month earned Ortiz an opportunity to salvage his career after going 0-4-1 in his previous five fights.  Retirement would have likely been his fate had he lost that fight, but winning as a +300 underdog has given him another chance, again as a +300 underdog although this time against a much tougher foe.

Tito Ortiz will try to do his best Rocky imitation as a big underdog in Philly on Saturday night.

“Suga” Rashad Evans (20-1-1) will be his opponent in the main event, pitting two light heavyweights who battled to a rare draw four years ago at UFC 73.  Evans is a heavy -400 favorite at sportsbooks and remains in the mix for the title even though he can’t seem to find anybody willing to let him earn it right now.  A win over Ortiz would hardly prove he deserves a shot, although he was next in line to fight former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua before a knee injury forced him to withdraw.

Evans was scheduled to fight current light heavyweight champ and former training partner Jon “Bones” Jones, who originally withdrew with a hand injury but will be fighting Quinton “Rampage” Jackson next month at UFC 135.  Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis replaced Jones before he also was forced to withdraw with a knee injury.

Regardless of the competition, a victory by Evans over Ortiz will probably give him another shot at the title against Jones if he beats Jackson on September 24.  The two both trained at Greg Jackson’s gym in Albuquerque before Jones won the championship, but they have since gone their separate ways due to a personal feud.

However, Ortiz could really shake up the light heavyweight picture with another stunning upset.  Whether he has it in him though fighting just a month after his last bout remains to be seen.  Evans has also not fought in over a year since beating Jackson last May at UFC 114, so will he be rusty?  In a rematch many thought would probably never happen, there are many questions and only one answer that will be revealed on Saturday night.  There is no doubt this will be an intriguing fight with interesting possibilities afterward no matter who ends up winning.

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