“UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz” takes place Saturday night inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Veteran middleweights Vitor Belfort and Yoshihiro Akiyama co-headlined Saturday’s card, while former light heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz served as the night’s featured attraction.
The 205-pounders fought to a highly controversial draw four years ago at UFC 73.
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Rafael Natal Defeated Paul Bradley via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Both start with wild punches, with Bradley landing a wild overhand right. Natal is effectively using his jab and leg kicks and causes a little blood to flow from Bradley’s face. Looks like Bradley is trying to use his wild punching to close the gap, but he can’t secure a takedown. Some discoloring is starting to show on Bradley’s lead leg, as the round comes to an end. Natal 10-9.
2ndRound: Straight right lands for Bradley that stuns Natal and allows him to finally get a takedown, he ends up in the half guard. After doing nothing on the ground, Bradley curiously steps out of the guard and both are back on their feet. Natal is starting to pick up where he left off in the 1stRound with his damaging leg kicks. Bradley times Natal perfectly and scores another takedown as the horn sounds. Bradley 10-9.
3rdRound: Natal eats a punch to start the final round, but shrugs it off and avoids the takedown. Big spinning backfist from Natal hits nothing but air, Bradley whiffs on a couple of single leg attempts and eats a couple of punches after possibly being hit with a knee below the belt that goes unnoticed. Bradley’s left leg is looking worse by the second, as he’s still unable to take Natal down again. Finally Bradley gets the takedown, but is unable to keep Natal down. 10-9 Natal.
Mike Brown Defeated Nam Phan via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Brown drags Phan to the canvas and immediately takes his back. The former WEC champ is pounding on Phan’s head, but nothing too powerful. Brown has control of Phan’s right hand behind his back and is unloading countless punches. Phan gets his arm free, but Brown now lands short elbows. 10-9 Brown. I could see 10-8, but there was nothing too devastating.
2ndround: Brown shoots for a single-leg and has Phan pressed against the cage. Phan gets loose and is starting to find his groove with his hands. Phan really finding a home for hooks to the body. Brown manages to drag him to the mat for a brief moment. Phan appears to have a significant advantage with his hands, as Brown may be slowing. Phan 10-9
3rdRound: Phan is bringing the thunder early, landing a nice three-punch combo to start the final stanza. Brown gets a takedown for a second. Brown unsuccessful on another single-leg, but lands a left as they separate. Brown eats a big left. Brown relentless with his takedown attempt, has had Phan pressed against the cage for last minute of fight. Close round, 10-9 Phan. Could depend on how many judges scored the 1stRound 10-8 for Brown.
Johny Hendricks Defeated Mike Pierce via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Hendricks lands two straight knees to the head while in the clinch. They exchange solid inside leg kicks. Hendricks gets a brief takedown. Hendricks connects on a knee to the midsection and some short elbows in the clinch again. Pierce lands a big elbow as they separate. Hendricks 10-9.
2ndRound: Pierce appears more confident in his standup in the 2ndRound, but Hendricks is much more diverse with his striking and has a clear advantage in the clinch. Very tough round to score, Hendricks 10-9.
3rdRound: Pierce coming out with a greater sense of desperation. Hendricks lands another knee to the midsection. Pierce is aggressively going for a takedown and finally secures one with two minutes left in the last round. Time is called, as Hendricks appears to kick Pierce in the face as he tried to get up. All is well, as Hendricks connects on another big knee to the stomach. Pierce responds with a big short elbow. Pierce 10-9, but 29-28 for Hendricks on our cards.
Ivan Menjivar Defeated Nick Pace via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Menjivar appears more solid with his standup game, but lands an accidental shot to the groin. Time is called, but Pace is good to go. Pace immediately takes him down and transitions to his back. Menjivar tires to stand up, but Pace is riding piggyback and is trying a standing rear-naked choke. Nothing comes of the submission attempt, but likely won him the round. 10-9 Pace.
2ndRound: Menjivar takes the center of the cage and lands a nice kick-punch combo, but Pace is unfazed. Menjivar connects on a overhand right and spinning back-kick. Menjivar really turning it on now, as Pace appears to have slowed. Pace serving as a punching bag for much of the round, but secures a takedown with a minute to go. No damage done, however. Menjivar 10-9.
3rdRound: It’s go time, as they should be tied at one round apiece. Menjivar finding a home with his leg kicks, punishing Pace’s lead thigh. Sparring session breaks out in the final round and Menjivar is clearly winning. Pace eats an accidental shot to the groin and time is called. The fight resumes. Pace hurt Menjivar with a knee in the clinch. Menjivar can’t see out of his left eye and Page going in for the kill. Pace lands flying knee to end fight. Another decision and another tough one to score. 10-9 Pace, 29-28 Pace.
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Chad Mendes Defeated Rani Yahya via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Yahya takes a shot to the groin to start the fight. The contest continues after a brief stoppage. Sparring session for much of the opening five minutes, with no significant shots landed by either. Yahya comes flying in and Mendes throws him to the canvas and has no interest in following him there. However, he lands a right as Yahya gets up. 10-9 Mendes.
2ndRound: Mendes slams Yahya to the mat, but immediately lets the jiu jitsu ace right back. Mendes takes him down again, but Yahya can’t keep it there. Yahya shoots from across the Octagon for a takedown, but comes up well short. Mendes hits him with a solid straight right. 10-9 Mendes.
3rdRound: Mendes takes him down moments into the 3rdRound and is very caution with his ground attack. They get back to their feet, but Mendes plants him right back on the mat. Mendes should score a sweep, but was that impressive enough to earn a title shot? 10-9, 30-27 Mendes.
Alexander Gustafsson Defeated Matt Hamill via TKO (Punches) at 3:34 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Hamill clearly wants a takedown, but Gustafsson lands a right as he comes in. Hamill connects on an uppercut. Hamill has landed a few jabs and gets Gustafsson with a big left. Gustafsson has a cut above his right eye. 10-9 Hamill as crowd voices their displeasure.
2ndRound: Gustafsson turning up the heat in the middle round,as he lands a head kick and some strikes to the dome. Hamill marches forward, to the surprise of nobody. Gustafsson is coming with flurries, but it’s tough to tell how much is getting through. Hamill goes for a single-leg, but gets shoved off. Gustafsson drops Hamill with two straight uppercuts and immediately pounces. He smells blood and the fight is over. We FINALLY have a finish.
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Rory MacDonald Defeated Mike Pyle via TKO (Punches) at 3:54 in the 1stRound
1stRound: MacDonald catches a kick and lands a straight right that drops his opponent. Pyle gets back up and goes for a takedown, but MacDonald tries a guillotine on his way down. Nothing comes of it and they are standing again. MacDonald connects with a left hook and almost secures a standing guillotine. MacDonald going for the gusto on the ground and makes quick work of Pyle. Game. Set. Match, MacDonald.
Costantinos Phillippou Defeated Jorge Rivera via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Phillippou scores a takedown a minute in and immediately moves to half-guard. Rivera manages to get to his feet, but takes several shots on his way up. Phillippou eats a right, but answers with an uppercut. Close round to score, but Phillippou landed more power shots and appeared to have better cage control. Phillippou 10-9.
2ndRound: Phillippou lands a vicious shot and drops Rivera. Phillippou pounces, but Rivera manages to survive and reverses. Rivera now unloading shots on the mat, as Phillippou is pinned against the cage. The middleweights get back to their feet, but Rivera trips him. However, Phillippou instantly transitions to an omoplata submission. Rivera did a solid job of avoiding the tapout. 10-9 Phillippou.
3rdRound: Phillippou connects on an uppercut to start the fight, Rivera counters with a shot to the midsection. Rivera clocks him with a right, but Phillippou manages to survive. Phillippou secures a takedown, but Rivera attempts a triangle choke. Nothing comes of it and they are back up. Rivera has had Phillippou pressed against the fence for much of the final minutes. Phillippou connects on a one-two combination and lands on top as the horn sounds. Close fight to score. 10-9 Rivera, 29-28 on our cards.
Brian Ebersole Defeated Dennis Hallman via TKO (Strikes) at 4:28 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Ebersole’s chest hair is shaved like an arrow that’s pointed to his face. Hallman enters the Octagon with a blue Speedo, making professional wrestlers everywhere extremely proud. Nonetheless, he immediately puts Ebersole down and takes his back. Hallman has both hooks in, yet fans are booing… Ebersole tries to reverse, but winds up in a guillotine attempt. Ebersole gets free and lands a big right and follows up with an elbow. Ebersole drops another big elbow and is bringing the pain. It’s a wrap.
Vitor Belfort Defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama via KO (Punches) at 1:52 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Belfort smacks him with a head kick. Belfort lands a right to the top of Akiyama’s head that stuns him. Belfort smells blood and it’s on. The Brazilian is laying the lumber on the ground and Akiyama is out cold. Sexyama is planking on the Octagon canvas.
Rashad Evans Defeated Tito Ortiz via TKO (Punches) at 4:48 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Not much action in the first minute, but Evans connects on an overhand right. Ortiz is unfazed and gets Evans on his butt, looking to complete the takedown. Evans works his way back up and they are exchanging in the pocket. Evans clearly won the shootout, as Ortiz is bleeding above his left eye. Evans picks him up and slams him to the canvas. Evans dropping bombs while in side control. 10-9 Evans.
2ndRound: Evans is a little overzealous with his attack and gets caught in an arm-in guillotine attempt on his shot. Ortiz can’t secure full guard and Evans is able to get free. Evans advances from side control and is trying to catch Ortiz in a crucifix position. Ortiz tries a knee bar as they scramble, but Evans ends up on top again. Evans unloads a vicious knee to Ortiz’s chest while he’s on the ground and Ortiz instantly folds over. Several bombs to the head and it’s over.