Tito Ortiz: Rashad Evans' mouth is writing checks his a-- can't cashPosted on July 27, 2011, 04:14 PM by Joey Santosus
"(Rashad Evans) is making a big mistake talking about me being “lucky” to beat Bader and get this fight with him. His ass can't cash this check. I said it before and will say it again: all the pressure is on Rashad. And I am going to put a ton more on him in the first round."
"Can Rashad deal with that pressure? Can he deal with the pressure that everyone expects him to win this fight, against a guy he should have lost to before even though I was hurt in that first fight? That's a lot of pressure on him. He stayed out for 14 months rather than take fights, and it was a huge mistake in his career. Now he's almost forgotten and the guy he has a W over -- Rampage -- is fighting for the title and not him. That's even more pressure on him for this fight. I am not sure he can handle that pressure. - For more from Tito Ortiz, visit ESPN.com
Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans first met at UFC 73 in 2007. After a closely contested three-round affair, in which Ortiz was deducted a point for grabbing the fence, the judges declared the bout a unanimous draw. In the four years since, the two competitors have traveled opposite roads. Evans went on to capture and lose the Light Heavyweight strap, while Ortiz, meanwhile, suffered a three-fight losing streak, which was snapped in February with a first-round submission victory over Ryan Bader.
Although Evans was initially in line for a shot at reclaiming the title, a series of canceled and rescheduled match-ups have left one final obstacle remaining between he and a crack at the belt - a rematch with "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy." So what do you think LowKick'ers? Will Rashad Evans buckle under the pressure or will he derail the recently resurgent hype train of Tito Ortiz?
Photo: Tito Ortiz enters the arena during UFC 73 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA on July 7, 2007. Photo credit: Francis Specker