“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz will face Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC 133 on August 6th. Ortiz took the fight on short notice after Evans’ original opponent, Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis, withdrew from the bout due to a knee injury.
Like he did before his bout with Ryan Bader earlier this month, Ortiz is penning blogs for ESPN.com leading up to the fight. In his latest entry, Ortiz writes about being asked to fill in for Davis.
“Lying in bed, a beverage in my hand watching a movie and still basking in the victory I’d had over Ryan Bader at UFC 132 just a few of weeks ago … let’s just say fighting on Aug. 6 wasn’t something I was ready to say ‘yes’ to there and then,” wrote Ortiz. “I told Dana that I had a ton of business stuff to take care of with Punishment Athletics and my new Punishment Training Center and, after the Bader fight, really wanted to spend some family time.
“Dana said he and the UFC really needed me to step up, but that he understood. We hung up and I went back to the movie and my beverage. But I couldn’t stop thinking about the opportunity Dana had just offered me.”
Ortiz then reflected on his victory over Bader, saying the fight was “like living inside a movie.” He noted that it was like “a dream,” and changed his mind on turning down another dream fight with the top contender of the division.
“I’ve got a great support system around me. They all supported me; so I called Dana back. He was a little surprised to hear from me. I asked if he’d managed to get another [replacement] for Rashad. He said no, and I said: ‘I know you need me, and I’m in. I am stepping up to fight Rashad – I’m going to beat him.’
“My thought processes were pretty much ‘Dana and [UFC owner] Lorenzo [Fertitta] are the reason I’ve got my brand in the first place. Now they are asking me for a favor but, really, it isn’t a favor it is an opportunity they are offering me.’”
Ortiz went on to thank White, Fertitta and even his opponent, noting that Evans is also taking the fight on short notice.
You can read the entire blog entry by clicking here.
UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz will take place on August 6, 2011 from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.