"Suga" Rashad Evans vs "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz
Better Talk Game: Both these dudes are known for their banter but Evans got this, no question. He talks more trash than the CEO of Waste Management. In a pre-fight interview he said, "Tito is an entertainer. I'm a fighter." Wow. Calling a dude a pro wrestler. What was that Guru said, "Take it personal."
Inside Scoop, Evans: This dude can wrestle and he's got some powerful hail mary strikes, but a few fights back the wheels came off his career. Lyoto Machida tested his chin and demonstrated it was, in fact, made of tissue paper. Since that match he's been fighting tentative, protecting that chin, and he still nearly got knocked out twice. Without a win against Tito, he slides way out of title contention.
Inside Scoop, Ortiz: Tito Ortiz, Tito Ortiz... where to begin. When the UFC first broke out weight classes, Tito was THE GUY at light heavyweight. He took that Mark Coleman ground-and-pound style and made it famous. But it's been awhile and he hasn't won a significant fight in... um... yeah, it's been that long. His record for his last six fights is 1-4-1. Recent back surgery probably hasn't helped much either. On the bright side, that one victory came in his last fight when he tapped out Ryan Bader.
Prediction: Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit's Time! Main event, peoples. This is a rematch from a few years back when Rashad was new to the game and Tito was trying to make his first comeback. That match ended in a draw, though many people gave it to Evans. Since then, Tito has gotten worse and while the gaps in Rashad's armor have been exposed, the guy still only has one loss.
These two are almost the same fighter except Rashad is now what Tito was in his prime. Evans absolutely has to win this match if he hopes to contend for the light heavyweight title again. Fueled by his newfound hatred of current champ Jon Jones, Rashad gets it done with superior wrestling and striking.
Last time Evans fought a dude who was over the hill, he iced "The Iceman" Chuck Liddell with a one-punch KO. This time he takes it to the floor to protect his glass jaw and gets a late stoppage from ground and pound. Take a good look at the picture above. It's gonna be like that but worse.
It's all good Tito, we used to love you... not so much anymore. Good thing wifey (Jenna Jameson) is sitting on millions. Being a house husband won't be that bad.