In one corner stands the No. 1 contender, a win would secure him the chance to fight for the light heavyweight title soon enough. He’s only lost once in his career.
Opposite, stands an aging star, thought to be past his prime, who upset a man eight years younger than him a few short weeks ago. At the 1:56 mark of the first round, the younger man crumbled and submitted. Tito Ortiz had put a guillotine choke on Ryan Bader to win his first fight since 2006.
Rashad Evans may have more on the line, and less reason to underestimate the former light heavyweight champion Ortiz.
Evans is a 5-foot-11, former light heavyweight champ himself, who sports a 20-1-1 career record. And most recently defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who has a shot at Jon Jones’ light heavyweight title first in September.
Ortiz has had three loses and a draw in four matches since he lost his title to Chuck Liddell on Dec. 30, 2006, when he was Evans’ age.
UFC President Dana White said the winner of the Evans v. Ortiz fight will get the next chance at the title, fighting the winner of the Jackson v. Jones fight.
The Evans v. Ortiz fight headlines UFC 133 set for August 6th at the Wells Fargo Center, and White previews that fight and the whole night here: