To the surprise of nobody, Tito Ortiz will enter his UFC 133 scrap against Rashad Evans as a significant underdog. The news isn’t all bad for “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” because the Gambling Gods initially pegged Ryan Bader a whopping 5-to-1 favorite before Ortiz served up his upset special at UFC 132.
Ortiz enters the City of Brotherly Love as an early 3-to-1 long shot.
Although Evans hasn’t been seen since posting a unanimous decision win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114 back in May of 2010, “Suga” is a significant 4.5-to-1 favorite to snap Ortiz’s winning streak at one.
Ortiz accepted the pivotal light heavyweight battle on last-minutes notes, but it’s tough to tell how much that affected their betting line. There’s still 23 days until showtime and Ortiz is 12 days removed from his best performance in years.
The 205-pounders fought to a highly controversial draw at UFC 73 in September 2007.
UFC 133 takes place August 6th inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The former light heavyweight champs will headline the pay-per-view broadcast.
Here is the early wagering line for Evans vs. Ortiz II (Courtesy of BetOnFighting):
Favorite (-) Underdog (+)
Rashad Evans -450
Tito Ortiz +300