by Adam Lawman
After weighing the pros and cons of the short notice but high profile bout “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz has accepted the offer to replace injured light heavyweight Phil Davis in the main event of UFC 133 in Philadelphia on August 6th.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the bout this evening on his Twitter account.
Ortiz and Evans first fought in 2007 but the fight was scored a draw.
Four years later, the two will have the chance to settle the score. We’ll get to see if Rashad Evans is back atop the ladder of the 205 pound division or if Tito Ortiz is back to reclaim the throne from the new generation.
Stylistically the match-up is quite even in most areas such as wrestling and boxing but Ortiz’s strength and experience provide an edge over Evans in my eyes.
We are seeing a rebirth for the career of Tito Ortiz as his personal and professional troubles seem to smooth and opportunity comes knocking on his door.
One random point worth noting is how Phil Davis stepped in for Ortiz against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and now Ortiz is covering main event duties for Davis against Rashad Evans. He owed him one.
Evans vs Ortiz II will go down at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA on August 6th and can be seen on pay per view that night as well. I think we just got ourselves an amazing fight and a much needed rematch.