In the main event of UFC 133, Rashad Evans stopped Tito Ortiz in the closing minutes of round 2. With this win, Evans becomes the official #1 contender to the UFC Light Heavyweight title. He also gains redemption for the pair's 2007 fight at UFC 73, which ended in a unanimous draw. This was Rashad's first fight since last spring.
Tito Ortiz started the fight by taking Rashad down to the mat, but Evans managed to escape without suffering significant damage. Evans then turned the tables, slamming Ortiz to the mat with a big overhead takedown. In round 2, Ortiz nearly pulled off his second spectacular upset in a row, as he caught Evans in a guillotine. But unlike UFC 132, it was not to be, as Evans escaped. From there, Rashad took control, beating Tito down before connecting with a soul crushing knee to the sternum of a downed Tito to end the fight.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Watching it live, it was hard to beat the emotion of that guillotine. But it's likely the big knee that will forever be remembered in countless video packages.
Where do these guys go from here?
Dana White said it - Rashad is the #1 contender and gets the winner of Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson. Of course, Rashad's been waiting for that title fight for almost two years now, and anything could happen, but it looks like this is his next step.
Ortiz turned in a game performance, and showed that he still has something to offer. I'd like to see him against more veterans - a Rich Franklin fight works for me.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Now. I may get attacked for this, but with the emotion plus the big ending, I have to call this one of the best fights of the year.
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