Tito Ortiz Discusses Decision to Decline Rematch with Rashad Evans at UFC 133

Written by Tom Ngo
July 12th, 2011

UFC Light Heavyweight Tito Ortiz

After posting his first victory in nearly five years at UFC 132, light heavyweight Tito Ortiz stated he wouldn’t mind a rematch with fellow former champ Rashad Evans. On Tuesday night when Phil Davis was forced out of his August 6th scrap with Evans, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” declined the offer to headline UFC 133 opposite Evans.

“I have a life and things to take care of. The fight game is about making the right choices of my career. If you knew what I have been going through you all would understand. Peaking for a fight is what makes a fighter unstoppable! Timing is everything in life. This is a rebuild year for me not do or die. The time will come again! #positive,” Ortiz tweeted just moments ago.

Ortiz is exactly 10 days removed from his unexpected 1stRound arm-in guillotine submission win over Ryan Bader and has been whooping it up in Las Vegas ever since. The 36-year-old capped off his extended celebratory party Monday night with a trip to Ronald McDonald’s world-renowned restaurant.

It’s not necessarily the regimen of a finely tuned athlete preparing for battle, so it’s understandable why the future Hall of Famer didn’t want to play substitute.

Ortiz and Evans fought to a controversial draw at UFC 73 in September 2007. Ortiz went on to lose three of his next four contests, while “Suga” has rattled of wins in five of his last six outings en route to winning and losing the 205-pound crown.

It was reported late Tuesday night Lyoto Machida had agreed to serve as a last-minute replacement to rematch Evans. However, no official announcement from the UFC has been made.

UFC 133 takes place inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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