Evans And Ortiz Headline UFC 133 Betting Card
By: Matty Simo
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
A little over a month ago, light heavyweight Tito Ortiz was sitting on the brink of retirement after going 0-4-1 in his previous five fights. But a stunning upset of Ryan “Darth” Bader as a +300 underdog changed everything for the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” and created this opportunity for a main event rematch against top contender “Suga” Rashad Evans at UFC 133 on Saturday.
Pay-Per-View television coverage from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia will start at 6:00 p.m. (PT).
Evans was originally supposed to fight light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones, who withdrew due to a hand injury and was initially replaced by Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis.
However, Davis had to pull out of the bout as well with a knee injury, potentially setting the stage for a Rocky-like moment for Ortiz (+300) in the City of Brotherly Love. The betting odds for the match started with Evans listed at -500 but has since dropped to -400.
There were rumors floating around that UFC President Dana White would put an end to Ortiz’s career with a loss to Bader at UFC 132 on July 2. Ortiz (17-8-1) made sure that did not happen though, handing Bader his second straight loss following a 12-0 start with a first-round submission via guillotine choke. Bader had suffered his first career loss at the hands of Jones.
Evans (20-1-1) fought Ortiz to a draw over four years ago at UFC 73, and the only other blemish on his otherwise perfect record is a knockout loss to Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 98.
Unlike Ortiz, Evans could be a bit rusty because he has not fought since earning a three-round unanimous decision victory against Quinton Jackson in May 2010 at UFC 114. Evans planned to fight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 on March 19 for the light heavyweight championship, but he had to withdraw himself with a knee injury and was replaced by former training partner Jones.
The other major fight on the UFC 133 card is a middleweight bout between Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (19-9) and Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-3, 2 no-contests).
Belfort is a 300 favorite and will be making his first appearance since he was rocked by a knockout kick from champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva in the first round of the main event at UFC 126 in February. He had won his previous five fights.
Akiyama is a +240 underdog and will be trying to snap a two-fight losing streak. He has not fought this year after losing to Michael Bisping and Chris Leben in 2010.