UFC:133, was a really good night of fights that would have left the Philadelphia faithful completely satisfied on Saturday. The card didn’t disappoint, and despite having no submissions across the entire evening, displayed at points MMA at its finest.
After a rather slow preliminary card with only one finish, the main card picked up the pace as all the fighters proved their pay-per-view worth. So without further a-due lets take a look at the first of the nights fights, the main event.
Rashad Evans VS. Tito Ortiz – Evans def. Ortiz via TKO (4.48 Round 2)
Rashad re-established himself after well over a year out with a fantastically impressive performance against Tito Ortiz. Several doubts loomed over Evans coming into this bout; would he suffer as most do, from cage-rust, would the change of camp, or the change of opponent affect him. Emphatically Evans answered no, to these questions and managed to completely overwhelm the newly invigorated Tito.
…Scoring two huge takedowns…
Rashad controlled the stand-up getting the better of every exchange, proving as most expected, that his speed and power was superior to Ortiz. Scoring two huge takedowns Evans managed to engulf Tito, raining down elbows and punches, until he was able to strike a devastating knee to the solar-plexus as Tito attempted to clamber up from the ground.
This was the most impressive performance of Evans’ career, and a fantastic platform to push him towards his next bout, a title fight against the winner of Rampage Jackson, and the 205lb champion Jon Jones. Despite being well beat on Saturday, Tito came to fight, put on a show and at one point was inches away from the upset with a tight guillotine choke. He took the fight on under 3weeks notice, which is shockingly short for a big fight and can hold his head high for putting on a highly entertaining performance.
This fight was the best of the night…
A great main event, to cap a highly impressive main card. This fight was the best of the night, and highly deserved its ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus.
Next for Rashad Evans – Winner of Rampage VS. Jones for the title.
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