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A detailed breakdown of the UFC's upcoming event
When Rashad "Sugar" Evans' original opponent Phil Davis pulled out of their planned UFC 133 fight with just about three weeks to the date, he was told by UFC president Dana White that they were looking for a replacement. The former champ simply said “I don’t care who you get, I’m ready to fight.” With some shuffling around Tito Ortiz was eventually named the man to save the main event. On August 6, 2011, Evans will face Tito “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz in the main event of UFC 133 in what will be a second meeting between the two. At UFC 73 the pair fought to a unanimous draw after Ortiz was deducted a point in the second round for holding the cage on an Evans takedown attempt. When the duo first met back in 2007 there was extreme bad blood and with no winner being declared in their first fight. You can bet that both men will be seeking redemption and the chance to settle a score that started four years ago. Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz When “Sugar” steps foot inside the Octagon at UFC 133 it will be the first time he has fought in almost 15 months since a unanimous decision win over now No. 1 contender Quinton “Rampage“ Jackson. As for the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” this will be his second fight in just 35 days. Just a few weeks ago at UFC 132 Ortiz saved his job with a first-round submission win over Ryan Bader and now he is back in the spotlight just a few weeks after the big win. Both men have a wrestling background and love to ‘’ground and pound." Ortiz will have the momentum going into the bout and the advantage that he’s just coming off a training camp preparing for a fighter similar to Evans in Bader. Rashad will be the faster, more explosive of the two but with such a long layoff ring rust could definitely be a major factor. Rashad’s guaranteed a title shot with a win, and the dislike he has for his former training partner and current champ Jon Jones will probably be the driving force that gives him the decision win. Winner: Evans
Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama The co-main event features two of the most exciting fighters in the middle weight division in Belfort vs. Akiyama. Both competitors are coming off loses to Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping, respectively. Look for both men to put on a show and get back on track to being in title contention. Belfort is a former light heavyweight champion and has speed and power in his hands unlike anyone else in the UFC. Akiyama is just 1-2 in his three UFC bouts but he was rewarded in all of those with Fight of the Night bonuses. Akiyama is one of the toughest guys in the division with an extensive judo background and the Japanese star also has no problem standing and trading punches with a better striker just to put on a good show. However, with the speed and KO power of Belfort, standing and trading might not be in his best interest and instead of his fourth Fight of the Night bonus he will most likely find himself on the wrong end of a Knockout of the Night bonus. Winner: Belfort
Rory MacDonald vs. Mike Pyle A fight not to overlook on this card is the welterweight match between the young Canadian Rory MacDonald who started his MMA career in 2005 and Mike Pyle, the gritty vet who has been in the sport since 1999. MacDonald is well rounded in all areas and is coming off an impressive win over the always game Ultimate Fighter season 5 winner Nate Diaz. While Pyle is on a three fight win streak that saw him take out another young talented prospect with his win over John Hathaway. Pyle will look to do the same thing to MacDonald by using his experience and putting pressure on his opponent, whether it be on the feet or the ground. Rory has looked great in his three UFC fights, including his loss to current top contender Carlos Condit, a fight he was winning until Condit stopped the young up and comer with just 7 seconds left in the fight. We expect Pyle to overwhelm his young opponent the same way and pick up a late third round submission victory. Winner: Pyle Check out UFC 133 live on pay-per-view Saturday, August 6 at 9 p.m. EST.