Tito Ortiz: With hard work and dedication you can achieve anythingPosted on July 28, 2011, 02:47 PM by Joey Santosus
A Light Heavyweight showdown between top contender Rashad Evans and the recently resurgent Tito Ortiz will headline the stacked UFC 133 fight card, set to take place August 6th from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A Middleweight clash pitting former title challenger Vitor Belfort against Yoshihiro Akiyama will serve as co-main event, while veteran Dennis Hallman takes on Brian Ebersole. Also featured will be Jorge Rivera going head to head with Costantinos Philippou and Rory MacDonald meets Mike Pyle.
Below are highlights from today's UFC 133 Media Conference Call, which included headliners Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz. (Complete Audio at Bottom)
• I'm very anxious to get back in the cage. It's been a long 14 months, with a lot of ups and downs both inside and outside of the cage. So, I'm looking to get in there and just get used to competing again. It's been a long time and I love to compete. Being out for 14 months, it was hard for me to do. I had no idea I was going to be out this long, but things happen and circumstances arise.
• I think he's going to try to come out a little bit aggressive. He's believing in himself a little bit more, he just got a win, so he's still riding off of that momentum. But, he's feeling good, his body is feeling good - so he says. So, I expect to see a Tito Ortiz re-energized and ready to go in there and put up a good fight.
• I think Tito has definitely gotten a lot better with his striking from what I've seen in his last few fights. Just from his movement and where he is after he finishes his combinations. But, I'm not really worried about his striking to be honest. I think that, for the most part, what I need to worry about is my own execution. It doesn't matter what Tito Ortiz does.
• With me and my image, it's one of those things where people love me or people hate me. I don't think my popularity has gone anywhere but up, of course. But, at the same time, there's still those haters and there's still the people who support me. It's just one of those things. When it comes to fight time, I go in and compete and try to get my hand raised.
• Over that past five years, I came up with a draw, a split decision loss, a decision loss - I compete with the top guys in the world and I came up a little short. I kept my head and my nose to the grindstone. I got my surgeries done and I never doubted myself. I just want to show people that with hard work and dedication you can achieve anything.
• I think the fight is going to be a lot different (from the UFC 73 fight) on both sides. I think Rashad has gotten a lot better from that to his last fight with Rampage. His shots are a lot better and he's a lot faster. I've gotten a lot better too. My boxing skills of course and my takedowns and takedown defense has gotten stronger. And not having injuries anymore.