SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Huntington Beach Bad Boy was the darling of the ARCO Arena crowd Friday at the weigh-in for Saturday's UFC 73 card.
Tito Ortiz, the former champion who meets unbeaten Rashad Evans in a heavily hyped non-title light heavyweight bout, received the strongest reaction from the crowd of around 1,000 mixed martial arts fans.
Ortiz, who looked shredded as he weighed 205½ pounds, was greeted with a mixed chorus of cheers and boos. Evans, who got a significantly smaller reaction, weighed 204.
The fighters have traded trash talk since the bout was signed in March and it was no different as they got off the scale on Friday. They went nose-to-nose for about 20 seconds before UFC president Dana White, clearly anxious that something would occur, squeezed between them and separated them.
"I'm an emotional fighter and that's the way I fight," Ortiz said. "I need something to fuel me and with Rashad Evans, he fuels it. He talks (so much)."
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