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Rashad Evans Says Fight With Ortiz Is “Nothing Personal”

If you’ve seen some of the pre-fight back and forth between Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans, you might draw the conclusion that the two share a personal dislike for one another.

Despite the harsh words that they’ve shared, Evans recently told MMAWeekly.com that this isn’t the case and that he’s not viewing his impending rematch with The Huntington Beach Bad Boy as anything other than his long-overdue return to action.

“No, it’s nothing personal,” Evans said. “And because I’ve (been) out for so long, I want to go out and just really feel good in there and take my time and be patient and not try to rush for things. Just trying to see where the fight goes. I don’t have in my mind where I want to take the fight yet. So I just want to go in there and see what Tito Ortiz is doing, where the fight’s going to go, and then take it where I want it to go.”

As for what he sees going down when he and Ortiz square off for the second time, Evans predicted that Ortiz will be mentally boosted by his recent victory over Ryan Bader and will come out more aggressive against him than usual. That won’t matter though, said Suga, as long as he implements his own gameplan.

“I still think Tito’s definitely got a lot better in striking,” Evans said. “But I’m not really worried about his striking, to be honest. I think for the most part what I need to worry about is just my own execution. And as long as I’m aware of my own execution, it doesn’t matter what Tito Ortiz does.”

Evans and Ortiz will meet in the main event of UFC 133 this Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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