He shocked the MMA world to get the opportunity, but Tito Ortiz now full well knows Rashad Evans is not Ryan Bader.
Evans (16-1-1) blasted Ortiz with a knee while Tito was on his knees in the headliner at UFC 133 in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo center on Saturday night.
The 36 year old Ortiz gave hope that he might pull of a megastunner on the ex light heavyweight champion, but Evans pulled out of a guillotine in the second. He went on the offensive, and while Ortiz kneeled to avoid taking a boot of knee to the head, the 31-year-old Evans smartly aimed for the solar plexus with his right knee. That blow crumpled Ortiz, who ate a few shots before the ref Dan Miragliotta halted the contest at 4:48 of the second.
The Niagara Falls, NY-native Evans, who didn't look rusty after 14 months off due to injuries, next gets the Jon Jones-Rampage Jackson winner. The Californian Ortiz is now 16-9-1, and a Shamrockian 1-5-1 in his last seven. He handled Bader a month ago, but Bader is Bader. Evans is an 'A' fighter.
This was a rematch from a 2007 scrap, which was deemed a draw.
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