UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz
UFC 133 was an Ultimate Fighting Championship event held on Aug. 6, 2011 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The featured match of the night was a light heavyweight fight between Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz, who replaced Phil Davis on the card when Davis pulled out with an injury. Evans won via a second-round TKO, stopping Ortiz with a knee to the body followed by a flurry of punches.
UFC 133 was originally expected to pit Evans against UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, but Jones suffered an injury in his previous fight and Davis was tabbed as a substitute. He withdrew with a left knee injury on July 12, and after initially declining an invitation to join the card, Tito Ortiz stepped up to face Evans. The co-featured bout saw Vitor Belfort knock out Yoshihiro Akiyama.
Knockout of the Night honors went to Belfort, while Evans-Ortiz earned Fight of the Night.
Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz
TKO at 4:48 of Round 2
In a rematch of a controversial draw in 2007, Evans uses a knee to the body and a flurry of punches to stop Ortiz in the second round. It was the third consecutive win for Evans, who was fighting for the first time since May 29, 2010. It's Evans's first win by knockout since 2008, when he defeated Forrest Griffin. Ortiz, fighting for the second time in just over a month, falls to 16-9-1 overall, and 1-5-1 in his last seven fights. Evans joins Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz as the only fighters with at least 10 wins at 205 pounds in UFC history. His 10 wins since "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 2 finale are the most in the light heavyweight division.
Vitor Belfort def. Yoshihiro Akiyama
KO at 1:52 of Round 1
Belfort clipped Akiyama with a left to the temple, then used a barrage of punches to knock his opponent out cold, earning his sixth win in his last seven fights. All nine of Belfort's UFC wins have come via some form of stoppage, and this is his second first-round knockout in his last four fights. Belfort improves to 20-9-0 overall, with 14 wins via knockout. Akiyama has now lost 3 consecutive fights, after starting his MMA career 13-1 (2 NC). This is just his second career loss by knockout, with the other coming at a K-1 event in 2005. This is the earliest in a fight Akiyama has ever lost.
Brian Ebersole def. Dennis Hallman
TKO (strikes) at 4:28 of Round 1
Ebersole gets taken down early, but reverses positions with Hallman and pounds away at his face, resulting in a TKO in the final minute of the first round. Ebersole has won nine consecutive fights and 13 of his last 14, improving to 48-14-1 (1 NC) in his MMA career. 14 of his 48 career victories have come via knockout. Hallman falls to 2-2 since returning to UFC in 2009. It's just his sixth knockout loss in 67 career bouts (50-14-2, 1 NC), and the first time he's been knocked out in the first round since 2004.
Constantinos Philippou def. Jorge Rivera
Split decision: 29-28, 28-29, 29-28
Philippou earns his first career UFC win and improves to 8-2-0 (one no-contest) in his MMA career. It's just his 3rd career win by decision, but it's also his third consecutive fight that's gone the distance. Rivera, who was originally slated to face Alessio Sakara, loses his second consecutive fight. It's his first career loss by decision, having won his previous four bouts that went the distance. It's the first time that Rivera's gone the full three rounds since April 1, 2009.
Rory MacDonald def. Mike Pyle
TKO (strikes) at 3:54 of Round 1
MacDonald follows up his dominating performance against Nate Diaz with a first-round TKO, his second consecutive win. "Ares" improves to 12-1 in his MMA career with five wins by knockout. It's also his fifth career first-round victory. Pyle's three-fight win streak comes to an end and he falls to 21-8 in his career. It's just Pyle's third loss via knockout, and his first loss in the first round since May 23, 2009.
Alexander Gustafsson def. Matt Hamill
TKO (strikes) at 3:34 of Round 2
Gustafsson dropped Hamill with an uppercut in the second round, and quickly pounced on him, using punches from a full mount to bring an end to the fight. It's the third consecutive win for Gustafsson and his 12th overall in 13 career fights. Eight of his 12 career wins have come via KO or TKO. He has never fought into the 3rd round in his MMA career (his only win via decision came in a two-round fight). Hamill loses for the second consecutive time, after having won his previous five bouts. It's just the second time in his career he's been stopped.
Chad Mendes def. Rani Yahya
Unanimous decision: 30-27, 30-27, 30-27
Mendes controls the fight from start to finish to remain perfect in his MMA career (11-0). Seven of his 11 career wins, including each of the last four, have come via decision. Yahya loses for the third time in his last four fights to fall to 16-7 overall. Each of his last three fights has gone the distance.
Ivan Menjivar def. Nick Pace
Unanimous decision: 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
Despite taking a big knee to the eye late in the fight, Ivan Menjivar holds on for a unanimous decision. The Pride of El Salvador improves to 2-0 in UFC and 23-9 in his MMA career. It's just his 6th career win via decision. Pace loses for just the second time in eight career fights, with both losses coming via decision.
Johny Hendricks def. Mike Pierce
Split decision: 29-28, 28-29, 29-28
Hendricks earns an incredibly close split decision to earn his 11th win in 12 career MMA fights. It's his second consecutive win since his loss to Rick Story at the TUF:12 finale. Three of his six wins since jumping from WEC to UFC have come via decision. Pierce's three-fight win streak comes to an end, as he loses for the first time since Dec. 12, 2009. It's just his fourth career loss in 16 MMA fights. All four losses have come via decision.
Mike Thomas Brown def. Nam Phan
Unanimous decision: 29-27, 29-28, 29-28
Brown gets his first win as a UFC fighter, and his 25th overall in his MMA career. It's his first win since Sept. 30, 2010, when he fought under the WEC banner, and just the seventh of his 25 career wins to come via decision. Phan falls to 16-9 overall, with four losses in his last five fights.
Rafael Natal def. Paul Bradley
Unanimous decision: 30-27, 29-28, 29-28
Natal wins a unanimous decision, earning his first career UFC victory and his first MMA win since May 21, 2010. "Sapo" improves to 13-3-1 overall in his MMA career, with just three of the 13 wins coming via decision. The loss snaps a five-fight win streak for Bradley, who was making his UFC debut.
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