As with every major show, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results, play by play and commentary for UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz. The live blog will start with the beginning of the Facebook preliminary stream (5:45 p.m. ET), continuing through the Spike TV prelims (8 p.m. ET) through the pay-per-view (9 p.m. ET) so make sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event.
The event is headlined by a rematch between Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz. The two fought to a draw in their first meeting at UFC 73. A win by Evans puts him in line to face the winner of the UFC light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Quinton Jackson. The co-main event for the show is a middleweight fight between Yoshihiro Akiyama and Vitor Belfort.
There are nine other bouts on the card and we will have live thoughts on each of them.
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Brent Brookhouse here, taking over the live blog for the rest of the evening. Facebook prelim results can be found after the jump.
Chad Mendes vs. Rani Yahya - Round 1 - Feeling out early and Mendes lands a few low kicks. Chad has a very big edge in speed on the feet early. Mendes keeps going back to the leg kicks and lands one to the cup. Yahya keeps throwing push kicks at the knee but is missing. His stand-up is just brutally bad early. Very stiff, no snap on his strikes. Mendes can keep this standing all fight if he wants and he's likely not going to be at any risk. Yahya has shot in a few times and it's almost comical how easily Mendes is avoiding. Mendes starting to land harder as the round wears down and he was never once in danger that round. 10-9 Mendes.
Round 2 - Mendes ducks under a wild strike and gets a big takedown but ends up standing up before Yahya can look to lock something up. Yahya tries for another takedown and Mendes avoids it with ease. Mendes with another takedown and he's not giving Yahya room to work. As soon as Yahya started looking for a limb, Mendes stood up. Yahya lands a left hand and tries to follow up but he's just too wild. Hard right hand lands for Mendes. Another big right for Mendes and he almost lands a huge uppercut. Yahya is coming forward with flailing combos but just isn't landing. 10-9 Mendes
Round 3 - Mendes gets told by his corner that Yahya has nothing for him on the ground and to take him down if he wants. So Chad does just that off the start of the round. Mendes with a nice elbow. And again. Mendes just seems too strong on top for Yahya to deal with. They're standing up and Mendes with another takedown. A little bit of damage by Mends and back to standing again. Yahya lands a punch and Mendes looks a little uneasy about it. Still, another round won 10-9 for the sweep on my card.
Official scorecards: 30-27 across the board for Chad Mendes.
Matt Hamill vs. Alexander Gustafsson - Round 1 - Gustafsson circling early and Hamill is chasing. Right hand by Gustafsson as Hamill comes forward and then he shoves him away on the takedown attempt. Jab by Hamill lands. Big uppercut by Gustafsson and he just misses another one. Looks like he found one of the many openings in Hamill's stand-up game. Hamill misses a few punches. Right hands by Gustafsson and the crowd starts with the USA chants. Jab by Hamill. Right hand by Hamill and he's landing a little bit more. Left hook lands hard for Hamill and he eats three shots in return. Hamill flailing for the occasional shot but cant get them. Right hand by Hamill but he eats two return shots. 10-9 Gustafsson on my card but Hamill did land on occasion.
Round 2 - Both guys landing early and Gustafsson gets the better of it. Gustafsson looking much better early now and Hamill continues with the one shot at a time strategy. Gustafsson is busting him up this round. Gustafsson is clearly winning this round with some aggressive striking and Rogan calls it uneventful and a "nightmare to score." every now and then Hamill lands a jab but he is not really keeping up. Gustafsson opens up and Hamill drops to the ground. Gustafsson is on top of him landing big punches and elbows and now is in the full mount opening out and pounding Hamill and it's over! Alexander Gustafsson wins by TKO (strikes from mount), round 2.
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Rory MacDonald vs. Mike Pyle - Round 1 - They trade jabs early and Pyle shoots and can't get the takedown. Rory catches Pyle's kick and lands a right hand that puts him on his back. Jab by Rory as Pyle stands up. Uppercut from a brief tie up by Pyle. Now Pyle shoots and gets the takedown. Pyle looks for a sweep, gets butterfly guard and stands up. Pyle sticks to him and looks for the takedown. Pyle with another takedown. MacDonald gets up and lands some nice punches. Nice feint and hook by Rory and he almost finishes after with a power guillotine but Pyle spins out. Rory kicking the leg of Pyle before jumping into his guard. Pyle keeps moving his legs up but MacDonald is cracking him with big shots. Pyle is hurt and covering up. Finally the fight is stopped and Pyle is hurting badly. He's yet to get out of the turtle position he was in while getting finished. Great showing by MacDonald. Rory Macdonald wins by TKO (strikes), round 1.
Jorge Rivera vs. Constantinos Philippou - Round 1 - Rivera throws two punches and a kick but hasn't landed yet. leg kick by Rivera. Costa misses with the jab and pushes Rivera into the cage. Rivera looked for a Thai clinch and Costa takes him down from the position. Costa gets to half guard and he lands a few punches. Rivera manages to stand up but does eat some punches on his way. They're restarted after a stall against the cage. Costa pushes him right back into it. Rivera turns him around finally and looks for a trip but can't get it. Right hand by Rivera lands. Rivera lands a left hook and Costa connects with an uppercut. Costa with a few punches and a push to the cage again. 10-9 Philippou, I guess. Nothing special that round.
Round 2 - Rivera keeps throwing the right hand but leaves himself open and he gets cracked hard. Rivera drops and Philippou continues to land punches but Rivera drives through and has Costa down against the cage. Rivera starting to throw and Costa may have punched himself out. Rivera landing some shots but Costa manages to get up. Costa lands a few punches and they're back against the cage. Knee to the body by Rivera. Rivera with a trip and Costa moves to an omoplata right away. Costa keeps working for the omoplata before eventually using it as a sweep to finish the round on top. 10-9 Philippou.
Round 3 -Uppercut lands for Costa and Rivera misses with a knee. Both guys are throwing wide punches. Rivera probably getting the better of it early. Costa with a takedown and he's on top in Rivera's guard. Rivera throws his legs up looking for a triangle and Costa postures out and lands a few strikes. Rivera stands up and this is going to be three minutes of very tired brawling. Costa can't get a takedown now and Rivera with a front headlock. Rivera looking for the takedown and lands a few punches. Costa gets up and pushes Rivera into the cage. Both men land punches. Rivera tries for a trip but Costa lands on top 10-9 Rivera? I guess? I have it 29-28 Philippou.
Official Scorecards: 29-28 Philippou, 29-28 Rivera and 29-28 Philippou. Constantinos Philippou wins by split decision.
Brian Ebersole vs. Dennis Hallman - Round 1 - Hallman pushes into him and takes him down and has the back immediately. Body triangle locked in. Ebersole defending well early. Crowd boos as Hallman continues to work from back control. Hallman tried to move to mount while Ebersole turned. Hallman looking for a guillotine but he can't get it locked in. Ebersole is finally out of danger and on top. Right hand lands and a nice elbow. Hallman tries for an armbar and eats a few hammerfists. Huge elbow by Ebersole and he is taking this over with real damage from the top. Series of big elbows and punches from Ebersole. Ebersole with a punch and the referee jumps in to stop it. Odd stoppage as it was after a single clean punch, not in the middle of a flurry but hard to argue given the number of shots Hallman had taken. Brian Ebersole wins by TKO (punches), round 1.
Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama - Round 1 - Both men throw leg kicks at the same time. Vitor with a head kick that is blocked. "Let's go Vitor" chants go up in the arena. Head kick lands for Vitor. Akiyama throws the Silva front kick and misses. Vitor pours it on with strikes and Akiyama is down. A few more and Akiyama works to his feet but Vitor opens up with a huge flurry and leaves Akiyama face down, out cold. Vitor Belfort wins by KO (punches), round 1.
Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz - Round 1 - Tito throws a mid level kick that misses. Tito with a left hook and eats one in response by Rashad. Rashad landing some nice punches but Tito is doing his best to fire back. Shot by Tito and he gets the takedown against the fence. Rashad working to get to his feet and Tito keeps driving for the takedown. Rashad gets to his feet and Tito keeps working for a single but can't get it. Rashad opens up with big punches. Tito tries to fire back with knees but he was getting lit up by Rashad. Knee to the body by Ortiz as Rashad has him against the cage. Great elbow by Rashad. Evans with a huge slam takedown and opens up with big strikes. Rashad to side control now. Looking to trap an arm to end up in crucifix. Big punches by Rashad from top and the round ends. 10-9 Evans.
Round 2 - Tito tries to rush forward with punches and Rashad avoids with ease. Rashad drills Tito with a punch and looks for the takedown. Tito looking for a guillotine choke and it was deep but Rashad popped his head out. That was close to a huge moment for Tito. Evans to side control again. Rashad opening up with punches to Tito's head from side control and Tito gives the thumbs up. Rashad gets crucifix now. Tito gets his arm free after eating a few elbows. Tito tries to roll over using the cage but can't make it out. Rashad is just bullying and beating Tito up. Tito looks for a leg lock but Evans spins and is back on top in side control. Tito spins to his knees. Big knee to the body by Rashad hurts Tito badly and he falls to the ground, covering up as Rashad unloads with punches to the head to get the stoppage. Rashad Evans wins by TKO (knee to body, punches), round 2.
UPDATE - It appears that the Facebook stream will now start at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m PT.
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Rafael Natal vs. Paul Bradley - Round 1: Kevin Mulhall officiating this middleweight bout. Lots of movement from Natal early...very jittery. Bradley wings a big overhand right but whiffs. More haymakers from Bradley and one of them appears to clock Natal but they go on as a body kick by Natal misses. Natal lands a nice jab and an inside leg kick. Bradley's nose bleeding now and Natal lands a big leg kick and then a push kick to the gut. Bradley tries to grab a single but Natal easily shrugs it off and then lands another body kick. Bradley whiffs on some more haymakers and then misses a wild take-down as well. Natal stuffs another Bradley takedown attempt and makes him pay with some punches. Bradley catches a kick and lands a nice counter right but he lets Natal go. Bloody Elbow scores it 10-9 Natal. Round 2: Bradley lands a wild 1-2 that rocks Natal and tackles him down to the ground into half-guard. Natal moves back into full guard as Bradley lands ground and pound and passes to half again. Natal is pinned against the cage as he rolls for a leglock that allows him to get back to his feet. Natal still beating up Bradley's legs with kicks as the camera zooms in to show us the welt on his thigh. Natal ducks under a punch and tries to take Bradley down but the American avoids it easily. Bradley very tentative on the feet as Natal is picking him apart with kicks and punch combinations. Bradley suffers an accidental eye poke during an exchange. Bradley scores with a double leg with 15 seconds to go and that just might steal him the round. 10-9 Bradley but Natal's striking was much more effective than Bradley's ground-work so it could go either way. Round 3: Bradley again rocks Natal early with a wild combo but Natal composes himself and then shrugs off a takedown. Bradley ducks under a spinning back fist with a takedown attempt but Natal spins back to his feet nicely. Natal showing excellent takedown defense as Bradley grabs a double leg against the cage but is unable to get the Brazilian down. Bradley looking very tired as Natal continues to pick him apart with strikes while defending takedowns. Mulhall breaks up a clinch against the cage as Bradley did little with it. Bradley catches a kick and finally gets Natal down, but not for long as Natal squirms back to his feet. The fight ends with Bradley desperately looking for a takedown that doesn't materialize. That round was a clear 10-9 for Natal and he should take the fight 29-28. Rafael Natal defeats Paul Bradley by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Nam Phan vs. Mike Brown - Round 1: Keith Peterson in charge of this contest as we get started. Brown wings the overhand right early but Phan defends easily. Brown rushes Phan with a takedown attempt but Nam stuffs it. Brown gets Phan down and takes his back immediately. Only one hook in for Brown as he drops some leather on Phan who's busy defending the choke. Brown still landing punches on Phan's back but he's not close to finishing. Brown moves for the choke now but Phan defends. Brown pins one arm behind Phan's back and lands some heavy punches, but Phan is nearly into half guard now. Brown just bullying Phan here with more ground and pound and now some nasty back elbows, but Phan somehow gets to his feet despite the beat-down. Another takedown for Brown at the horn, and it's a dominate 10-9 round for him, not quite a 10-8 though. Round 2: Nam rips one of his liver shots early and he's very wary of the takedown which comes quickly, but Nam stays on his feet. Brown grabs an ankle and still working on getting Phan down but they return to the feet. Good combo from Phan who's looking to score on his feet but is forced to sprawl out on another Brown single-leg attempt. Another of Phan's signature body shots lands and he fends off another double-leg from Brown, but Brown sweeps his legs out from under and tries to scramble to Phan's back but Phan gets back up again only to be clipped by an overhand right from Brown. Phan goes to the body yet again finishing the combo with a hook to the head and then defends another takedown against the cage. 10-9 Phan for the striking and takedown defense. Round 3: Phan rocks Brown early with some rapid-fire combos but then winds up with Brown getting him down against the cage, although Phan works back to his feet and tries to break Brown's grip around his waist. Big left hook from Brown lands and he drives Phan into the cage, but has to fend off a kimura and then switches to a single leg. Nam is out but catches a punch on the exit. Phan drops some hammer-fists while sprawling and then lands another nice hook. Again Brown muscles Phan against the cage but he can't get him down. Brown still glued to Phan's back but Nam staying on his feet as the fight ends. Tough round to score, but Brown did muscle Phan around quite a lot and Phan's striking wasn't as effective as it was in Round 2, so we'll go 10-9 Brown, giving him the fight 29-28. Mike Brown defeats Nam Phan via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Mike Pierce vs. Johny Hendricks - Round 1: Mario Yamasaki reffing this welterweight contest. Head kick from Hendricks early on and Pierce responds in kind behind a double jab. A couple good knees from Hendricks in a brief Thai clinch. Pierce defends a takedown with the whizzer and then gets clinches against the fence by Hendricks. Pierce lands a solid leg kick after they separate. Hendricks throw some more knees in a clinch but eats a few punches to the body from Pierce at the same time before they separate. Hendricks dives in with a takedown and gets Pierce down but they pop back up with Hendricks on Pierce's back and Pierce spins out of it nicely. Hendricks dives into a clinch with some knees but again eats uppercuts and an elbow from Pierce. Now Hendricks with some elbows of his own and even more knees. Hendricks wings a long-distance uppercut and some more knees at the bell. We'll score it 10-9 Hendricks. Round 2: Pierce backs up Hendricks with some strikes that mostly miss. Pierce breaks up a clinch with body shots but then eats a heavy leg kick. Piece sprawls well on a Hendricks double-leg attempt and now he muscles Hendricks up against the cage, but Yamasaki doesn't give them much time to work and resets them in the center. Another sprawl by Pierce and he grabs a headlock on Hendricks who keeps a hand down to avoid knees before the two separate. Good uppercut-left hook combo from Pierce stuns Hendricks a bit. Knees from Hendricks are mostly blocked by Pierce in the clinch. The two wrestlers trade head kicks again but Hendricks dives in on a double-leg that Pierce defends. Knees to the high from Hendricks now who won't give up on a takedown attempt but there's the horn. Better round for Pierce, and despite Hendricks throwing more strikes, few of them landed, and so we'll go 10-9 Pierce to even it up. Round 3: Pierce comes out aggressive but there's nothing much to show for it. Pierce again defends the takedown with the sprawl and a front headlock and Hendricks is wary of a choke before scrambling to his feet. Pierce muscles Hendricks up against the cage and works hard for a takedown that is hard to come by. Pierce finally with a big slam into Hendricks's guard. Hendricks toys with rubber guard but doesn't get far with it and Pierce drops some short elbows. Hendricks flirts with an armbar or triangle attempt and shoves Pierce away but it appears he landed an illegal upkick as he does. A brief pause from Yamasaki and warning for Hendricks but they're right back at it in the clinch with Hendricks throwing knees and now desperately looking for a takedown to steal the round. Pierce defends until the end and we'll give him the round 10-9 thanks to the slam and the fight 29-28, but it was very close and could conceivably go to Hendricks by the same score. Johny Hendricks defeats Mike Pierce via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Ivan Menjivar vs. Nick Pace - Round 1: Keith Peterson kicks off the bantamweight action. A quick clinch with the two men trading position against the cage but Menjivar throws a head kick that just grazes Pace on the exit. Hard leg kick from Menjivar and now some acrobatic scrambling in the clinch but they're back apart. Leg kick from Menjivar lands low and we have a stop in the action. We're back and now Menjivar throws some wild strikes that miss and Pace gets him down as Menjivar works his butterfly guard. Pace working to pass as Menjivar throws elbows to the head. Pace moves to side control and now takes Menjivar's back! Menjivar stands but Pace is on his back with a single hook in. Pace works to slip in the choke but Menjivar defends a few tense moments and then shrugs Pace off his back. Good action, and Pace takes the first round 10-9. Round 2: A slapping leg kick lands for Menjivar, who then catches a Pace kick and lands a counter right. More leg kicks land for Menjivar. Heavy combo from Menjivar, but Paces slips away. Menjivar backs Pace up with more strikes and partially lands a spinning back kick. Pace is very tentative this round and Menjivar is starting to overwhelm him with volume. Menjivar again backs Pace up and punishes him against the cage with punches and high kicks, but now Paces drives through into another takedown. Pace traps Menjivar's arm with a knee with his other leg stuck in half guard. Pace working a choke but settles back into half guard. Menjivar moves back into full guard as the buzzer sounds. Very close round, and we'll score it a 10-10 draw as a result. Round 3: Menjivar battering Pace again with a diversity of strikes and he flirts with a takedown attempt, but goes back to his striking. Another kick lands low on Pace and we have a break in the action. Pace still backing up with little offense to offer. Pace hurts Menjivar with a knee and now Pace is chasing the veteran down. Menjivar looks like he's having trouble seeing out of his eye. Pace looking for the finish and he's throwing bombs now as Menjivar is blind in his left eye. Pace batters Menjivar and barely misses a flying knee at the horn. Great round and it looks like Menjivar may have an eye injury. The final flurry earns Pace a 10-9 round on our scorecard, and we give him the fight 30-28. Ivan Menjivar defeats Nick Pace via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). Looks like Menjivar's high volume of strikes impressed the judges more than Pace's ground work.