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  • Apr 29, 2012
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UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz

UFC 133

The main draw for this event was that Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans would finally rematch after all these years. Their first fight ended in a draw and the bad blood before the fight stayed even after the fight was over. So all these years later they finally would get it on again. On top of that this was supposed to be Rashad vs. Jon Jones and then Rashad vs. Phil Davis but injuries forced those fights to be cancelled. Of course both of those fights would eventually happen. Also you would see the legend Vitor Belfort vs. the ever tough and durable Yoshihiro Akiyama, two of my favorite fighters.


1.RORY MCDONALD VS MIKE PYLE-the first fight of the PPV card starts with a bang as this one does not leave the first round. Both guys are at the top of their game and are looking to be contenders. The fight starts out great and continues some what even but as it goes Rory starts to get a bit ahead. Rory has some nice hands here and stuns Pyle and eventually gets on top of him. Once there he pounds Pyle out and even uses some open palm strikes.

2.JORGE RIVERA VS COSTA PHILIPPOU-the second fight starts out with a pretty even round. Both guys are very well rounded and are evenly matched in a lot of ways. Both land some good shots and spend some time on the cage. Things start out quick in the second as Costa lands big on Rivera and almost pounds him out. Rivera turns into him though and ends up on top. Still the round eventually goes back to Costa as he sinks in an omoplata and finishes the round later on top. The last round is another close one with more action. Both land some good shots, there are takedowns, submission attempts, and cage work all in this round. The judges give it to Costa in a split D.

3.DENNIS HALLMAN VS BRIAN EBERSOLE-the third fight looks a lot like the first as it ends in the first. In this fight one guy has some very short trunks and the other guy literally has an arrow pointing to his face, where he wants you to hit him. Hallman takes advantage early and gets Brian's back from the beginning. He stays there most of the round but towards the end ends up on his back. Once Brian is one top he rains down big shots that force the ref to step in as he gets the win.

4.VITOR BELFORT VS YOSHIHIRO AKIYAMA-this one was going to hurt my heart no matter what happened. I have been a fan of Vitor since he debuted and I love Akiyama so this was going to hurt me. Now I knew this was going to be a great fight because both guys bring it but I also knew it would be quick. The fight starts out with a feeling out process but after Akiyama throws a front kick Vitor is all over him. After he drops him he keeps throwing punch after punch until Akiyama goes out. Vitor is back with a vengeance and receives KO of the night.

5.RASHAD EVANS VS TITO ORTIZ-I was highly looking forward to this fight since Tito was coming off a big win. That mixed with Rashad coming off a long lay off I thought for sure Tito was going to take this one. The first round had me thinking I was right as soon as it started. Tito comes out aggressive and starts swinging and looking for the take down. The first half of this round is all Tito looking very good and getting the take down. Then Rashad ends up getting a take down and letting go with his hands as well. The round ends with a toss up with both looking good, Rashad ended the round strong though. The second round starts out good with both guys looking good but Rashad takes the lead letting loose with some hands and getting the take down. Tito fires back though and almost sinks in a guillotine choke. Once he looses it though Rashad let his hands go and lays it on Tito, and once he lands this killer knee to the body Tito crumples over. The ref steps in and saves Tito from further punishment and Rashad is back with a vengeance. This fight got fight of the night honors.


1.RAFAEL NATAL VS PAUL BRADLEY-the first round sees Natal landing strike after strike particularly the jab. Paul tries for the take down throughout the round but could not get it. The second round starts fast and furious as Paul lands some hard punches that put Natal on retreat. Paul gets the take down finally but Natal makes his way back up. It looks like the first until the end of the round when Paul gets another take down. The third round looks very much like the first with Natal landing more strikes, especially leg kicks while Paul works for the take down. After three rounds Natal gets the UD for the win.

2.MIKE BROWN VS NAM PHAN-this fight pits two guys that like to go in there and get it on. Brown is a former WEC Featherweight champion and Phan will bang it out with anybody, so this was going to be great. Well this didn't turn into the barn burner I expected but it was a good fight. The first round was all Brown as he took Phan down and pounded on him for the entire round. The second round is a little more competitive as Brown works and works for the take down that never comes. So they both have to trade in this round, Phan looks really good here. The third round is another round of trading hands and Brown looking for the take down. Despite Phan's nice combos and hands Brown gets the UD.

3.JOHNY HENDRICKS VS MIKE PIERCE-the first round between these two is great with a lot of great striking. Punches, elbows, knees, kicks, everything looks good in this round, not a fan of Hendricks though. The second round is like the first with all kinds of great strikes being thrown and landed, but this round we add in a few take down attempts. The third round is good as well but Pierce takes control more so in my opinion as both land big shots. But Pierce gets the take down and takes the round in my opinion. It ends up being a split D with Hendricks taking it, not sure if I agree but great fight. In my opinion could have been fight of the night.

4.IVAN MENJIVAR VS NICK PACE-we get a good first round here as both keep it even on the stand up. But I think Pace took the round as he took Ivan's back, even after an accidental low kick. Another great round turned in by both guys with some good combinations with Ivan taking the stand up. But towards the end of the round Pace gets the take down. The third round like the first two is full of action with both guys getting some good shots. Pace even lands a great knee that hurts Ivan, and then delivers a flying knee to end it with. Ivan gets the UD win that could have gone either way.

5.CHAD MENDES VS RANI YAHYA-the first round is pretty much all Mendes as he controls the stand up. He even gets the take down but steps away from it. The second round is all Mendes as well as he gets two take downs and still edges the stand up. The third round once again goes to Mendes with the multiple take downs and the flip at the end. He easily takes the UD for the win with his wrestling.

6.MATT HAMIL VS ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON-this fight up pit an up and comer against the only fighter in UFC history who is deaf, that of course being Hamil. There isn't to much action in the first round but both throw with Gustafsson landing just a little more. The second round seems just as uneventful until the end when Guss swarms all over Hamil and pounds him out for the TKO victory.

Over all this was a good event even though some of the fights hurt my heart. The DVD comes with behind the scenes stuff, the weigh-ins, and of course the countdown show.


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April 29, 2012
way to break it all down, bud....nice photos too. Yo....I am back!
May 01, 2012
April 29, 2012
Great pictures.
May 01, 2012
May 01, 2012
You are very welcome.
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Quick Tip by . April 29, 2012
This was a good event with some great fights, it featured the rematch between Rashad and Tito.
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