The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Philadelphia on Saturday, Aug. 6, to settle the score between Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz in UFC 133. Their original bout, which appeared on the UFC 73 fight card, ended in a controversial draw. Appearing in the co-main event will be Vitor Belfort and Yoshihiro Akiyama, two of the most exciting competitors in the UFC. All fights on this fight card will be available for viewing through Pay-Per-View, cable TV and Internet access.
Rashad “Suga” Evans vs. Tito “The Huntington Beach Badboy” Ortiz
Rashad Evans -- Niagara Falls, N.Y., 5-11, 205 pounds, 20-1-1, former light heavyweight champion
Tito Ortiz -- Huntington Beach, Calif., 6-3, 205 pounds, 19-8-1, former light heavyweight champion
These two former light heavyweight champions will face off for the first time since UFC 73. Their initial confrontation began as a shoving match while sitting in the audience as viewers of UFC 69. This escalated to an all-out three-round battle, which ended in a controversial draw. (Ortiz grabbed the fence in round two and had a point deducted from his score.)
Evans and Ortiz have been poster boys for the UFC for years, and this will be a step-up or maybe a step-out situation depending on who wins this fight. Losing only once since that infamous night, Evans looks to have the advantage. Ortiz has chalked up three straight loses since UFC 73.
However, Evans’ last bout was well over a year ago, which means he could have some serious ring rust to shake off. Ortiz, who is coming off a big win less than five weeks ago, shouldn’t have that same problem.
With all that said, Evans still appears to be the better fighter, so it will be a big upset if Ortiz can pull off two wins in five weeks.
Evans by Unanimous Decision
Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Vitor Belfort -- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 6-0, 185 pounds, 19-9-0
Yoshihiro Akiyama -- Osaka, Japan, 5-10, 185 pounds, 13-3-0
“Flashy” was the word that immediately came to mind when this bout was announced. Vitor Belfort is known for his lighting-fast finishes, and Yoshihiro Akiyama is famous for both his modeling and his ability to put on exciting fights. Even though Akiyama only has three fights in the UFC, all have garnered “fight of the night” honors.
Nevertheless, Belfort will have a tremendous advantage on his feet, and this could be Akiyama’s last fight in the Octagon. Akiyama needs a big win here to prevent going 1-3 in the UFC.
Belfort by Knockout
Dennis “Superman” Hallman vs. Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole
Dennis Hallman -- Olympia, Wash., 5-9, 170 pounds, 65-13-2
Brian Ebersole -- La Porte, Indi., 6-0, 170 pounds, 47-14-1
Dennis Hallman, the only man with an undefeated record against Matt Hughes, steps in with one of the most impressive records in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). However, with 62 fights under his belt, Brian Ebersole is not impressed.
These two fighters have over 140 fights between these two, so “technical” would be a great way to describe this bout. Don’t look for a quick finish here. Ebersole is on an eight-fight winning streak, but only one of those has been against top competition.
Hallman by Unanimous Decision
Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera vs. Constantinos “Costa” Philippou
Jorge Rivera -- Framingham, Mass., 6-1, 185 pounds, 18-8-0
Constantinos Philippou -- Limassol, Cyprus, 5-11, 185 pounds, 7-2-0
Rivera by TKO (Strikes)
Rory “The Water Boy” MacDonald vs. Mike “Quicksand” Pyle
Rory MacDonald -- Quesnel, B.C. Canada, 6-0, 170 pounds, 11-1-0
Mike Pyle -- Dresden, Tenn., 6-1, 170 pounds, 21-7-1
MacDonald by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Undercard: live on network cable TV
Matt “The Hammer” Hamill vs. Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson
Hamill by TKO (Strikes)
Chad “Money” Mendes vs. Rani Yahya
Mendes by Unanimous Decision
Undercard: live on facebook.com/ufc
Ivan Menjivar vs. Nick Pace
Pace by Submission by (Guillotine Choke)
Johny Hendricks vs. Mike Pierce
Hendricks by Knockout
Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan
Brown by Knockout
Rafael Natal vs. Paul “The Gentlemen” Bradley
Natal by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)