Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz II official for UFC 133 Main EventPosted on July 13, 2011, 06:47 PM by Joey Santosus
Nearly 24 hours after Phil Davis was forced out his UFC 133 bout against Rashad Evans, the hunt for a replacement has come to its conclusion.
UFC President Dana White has announced via Twitter that the August 6th main event from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will feature Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz after all.
"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" had intially refused the fight, citing poor timing as his reason for declining. However, after Lyoto Machida also turned down the match-up, leaving the promotion short on options, it appears the UFC veteran has had a change of heart.
Ortiz (16-8-1) comes into the bout riding high off of his recent career-saving submission victory over top prospect Ryan Bader at UFC 132. The win was the former champ's first in nearly five years, having dropped four out of his previous five outings. The string of defeats were interrupted by only a single draw, which came against Evans in their first meeting back at UFC 73 in 2007.
Evans (15-1-1), meanwhile, will step into the octagon for the first time since defeating Quinton "Rampage" Jackson more than a year ago. The victory was his tenth under the UFC banner, with his lone career loss coming against Lyoto Machida in their 2009 title fight.
The once again complete UFC 133 event is set to take place August 6th from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Evans vs. Ortiz II will headline the stacked card, while Rich Franklin and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will go head to head in the co-main event.
Photo: Tito Ortiz enters the arena during UFC 73 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA on July 7, 2007. Photo credit: Francis Specker