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Let's applaud Ortiz for stepping up

Updated: August 28, 2011, 1:03 AM ET
By Chuck Mindenhall | For ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- At first, Tito Ortiz turned the fight down, but in the end he turned up. He said no, then he thought it over and had a change of heart. It was big for him to step up against Rashad Evans.

Was it a mistake to take the fight against a No. 1 contender on only three weeks' notice?

No, because the rewards outweighed the consequences. If Ortiz had won, we'd be discussing the merits of Ortiz versus the Jon Jones-Quinton Jackson winner.

As it turns out, he lost, ...

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