The following is from our live coverage of UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz. To access our full coverage, click here.
Carrying his trademark Mexican/American flag, Ortiz walks out looking focused to “Cinderella Man” by Eminem. The pro-Ortiz crowd remains quiet as Evans makes his way to the cage to the strains of “Victory” by the Notorious B.I.G., looking mean.
Dan Miragliotta will be the third man in the cage for tonight’s main event.
Round 1: Evans comes out low and Ortiz takes the middle. He misses on a kick. Chants of “Tito” begin. Ortiz catches Evans with a left hook and Evans counters. Evans moves into the clinch behind an overhand right and Ortiz shakes him off before throwing two hard hooks on the break. Ortiz shoots in and gets Evans to the mat against the cage. Evans trying to fight to his feet and he does after a time. Evans moves in and the two begin to slug it out with Ortiz’s back to the fence. Evans gets the better of things, but Ortiz hangs tough and they clinch. Ortiz gets in some nice knees to the body. Evans with a good elbow and Ortiz returns fire with a knee that pops Evans’ head up. Evans picks Ortiz up and dumps him to the mat, where he goes to work with ground and pound against the fence. Ortiz defends well, but Evans passes to side control. Evans tries to mount but Ortiz uses the cage to better his position before the bell.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Evans
Round 2: Ortiz a little slower and more marked up at the start of the second. Ortiz rushes in with a three piece that Evans avoids. Evans moves in behind some punches and takes Ortiz down but the HBBB grabs onto a guillotine that looks scary for Evans. Suga fights his way out and retains top position on Ortiz. Evans moves into side control. Evans gets his knee on Ortiz’s belly and starts to tee off. Ortiz covers and gives a thumbs up. Evans gets Ortiz into the mounted crucifix with two minutes to go. Ortiz frees his right arm, but Evans is all over him. Ortiz gets out of the crucifix and rolls for a leg as Evans tries to improve his position. Evans avoids and stays on top in side control. Ortiz reverses and gets to his knees. Evans throws a hard knee to the body that crumples Ortiz and Evans goes to work with right hands to a turtled Ortiz. Big Dan’s seen enough, he calls it.
The two embrace and show respect at the end of the fight. Looks like working with Tyrone Spong and the crew at Imperial Athletics has paid off for Evans.
Rashad Evans defeated Tito Ortiz via KO (knee) at 4:48 of round 2
Evans: “I’m getting my belt back.”
Ortiz gives props to Evans and says that Suga beat him at his best, no excuses. He wishes luck to Evans in his bid for the belt.