Tito Ortiz is still a tough customer and made Rashad Evans work, but the younger, more well-rounded fighter wore down the veteran for a key victory at UFC 133.
Evans got top control in both the first and second rounds, made Tito work hard to avoid a beating and then delivered a vicious knee to Ortiz's chest that essentially finished the fight. Referee Dan Miragliotta saved Ortiz at 4:48 of the second round of the main event at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
"All the hard work, all the trials and tribulations have paid off," Evans told UFC analyst Joe Rogan. "When you're in your valley that's when you're tested the most."
Evans hadn't fought in 14 months because of injuries and fight cancellations. The win gives him (16-1-1, 11-1-1 UFC) the chance to fight the winner of the UFC 135 match between Jon Jones and Quinton Jackson. Jones, the young UFC light heavyweight champ, and Evans used to be teammates at Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, NM. Evans has since left the camp andRead More »from Evans gets by tough test in Ortiz at UFC 133, sets up a title shot