Rashad Evans readily admitted in a conversation with MMAFighting.com that he was rooting for his old rival Tito Ortiz in his must-win match at UFC 132 earlier this month against Ryan Bader.
“I’m not going to lie, I was happy for him,” Evans said. “I wanted to see him win. He hadn’t won a fight in five years. It was like, ‘There you go!’ I just wanted to see him win a fight. I hadn’t seen him do it for so long. Sometimes, it’s good just to be happy for somebody.”
At the time, Evans likely had no idea that “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’s” victory would line the 36-year-old up to replace an injured Phil Davis in the main event of UFC 133 — opposite himself.
When it was announced that the young “Mr. Wonderful” had injured his knee and would be forced out of the main event against Evans, the only two matches which actually made sense for Evans were against previous opponents Lyoto Machida and Tito Ortiz. Ortiz opted out, citing personal issues and Machida got the cold shoulder after asking for “Anderson Silva money,” so it looked like “Suga” was left in the lurch.
Given some time however, and perhaps realizing how much he stands to gain, Ortiz stepped up to the plate and agreed to revisit his 2007 bout against Evans, which ended in a draw. Though Evans may still feel happy for Ortiz’s landmark victory over Ryan Bader, he isn’t too happy for him to let him off the hook when it comes to a little friendly trash talk.
“@TitoOrtiz lent me a pair of his shades. Is it me or r they way 2 big?! Lol Tito’s head might b bigger than Pages! Lol … his head is so big when it rains his shoulders don’t get wet! These r just jokes! Tweeples don’t get all hurt!”
Ortiz and Evans will square off at UFC 133 this August 6 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.