UFC Results: Rashad Evans TKO's Tito OrtizPosted on August 6, 2011, 10:35 PM by Anton Gurevich
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion "Suga" Rashad Evans secured his shot against the winner of UFC 135 Jones vs. Rampage bout after a convincing performance against Tito Ortiz in the main event of UFC 133.
Rashad Evans was better than Tito in every aspect of MMA, from wrestling to striking. Evans controlled the pace, and managed to land good strikes that put Tito Ortiz one step behind. However, Ortiz showed a lot of heart, and responded with striking combinations, as well as submission attempts off his back.
Turning point came in Round 2, when Rashad Evans got himself into a dominant position at the fence. Evans landed hard punches from the top, with Tito Ortiz locked in a crucifix. Ortiz managed to find the way out of the crucifix, but just when he was getting up Rashad Evans landed a vicious knee to the body. The knee immediately crippled Tito Ortiz, as the referee rushed in to stop the action, and declare Rashad Evans as a winner via TKO at 4:48 minutes into Round 1.
Rashad Evans improved his MMA record to 18-1-1, finally "avenging" the draw against Tito Ortiz back at UFC 73. Suga will not wait for UFC 135, where he will know the identity of the reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and perhaps his opponent at UFC's New Year's Eve event.
Photo: Francis Specker