Rashad Evans Opens as Heavy Favorite Over Tito Ortiz

Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz fought to a draw at UFC 73. Photo by UFC.com

In the last two days, Rashad Evans went from slight favorite to heavy underdog to heavy favorite. Bookmaker was quick on the draw last night, opening Evans as a 3-1 underdog against Lyoto Machida. That fight fell through, and Bookmaker was quick to hang a new line when Dana White announced Tito Ortiz would step in for an injured Phil Davis:

Rashad Evans -450
Tito Ortiz +300

The first fight between Evans and Ortiz at UFC 73 closed at -110 Ortiz/+125 Evans. (These were the best available lines available over a variety of sites. Some sites had the fight as a pick'em.)

When they first met, Ortiz, at 32, was still exiting his prime. For Evans, Tito represented his first big step up in competition. The fight ended as a competitive draw, but it was a second-round point deduction for grabbing the fence that cost Ortiz the victory.

Ortiz lost three straight fights following UFC 73 before breaking his losing streak with a dramatic first-round submission over Ryan Bader at UFC 132. Evans compiled a 5-1 record, including winning the UFC light heavyweight title from Forrest Griffin at UFC 92.

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