“UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz” took place Saturday night inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Rafael Natal Defeated Paul Bradley via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Brown Defeated Nam Phan via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Johny Hendricks Defeated Mike Pierce via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Ivan Menjivar Defeated Nick Pace via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Chad Mendes Defeated Rani Yahya via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alexander Gustafsson Defeated Matt Hamill via TKO (Punches) at 3:34 in the 2ndRound
Rory MacDonald Defeated Mike Pyle via TKO (Punches) at 3:54 in the 1stRound
Costantinos Phillippou Defeated Jorge Rivera via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Brian Ebersole Defeated Dennis Hallman via TKO (Strikes) at 4:28 in the 1stRound
Vitor Belfort Defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama via KO (Punches) at 1:52 in the 1stRound
Rashad Evans Defeated Tito Ortiz via TKO (Punches) at 4:48 in the 2ndRound
Fight of the Night:
Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz ($70,000/each)
Knockout of the Night:
Vitor Belfort ($70,000)
Getting Dennis Hallman off TV ASAP:
Brian Ebersole ($70,000)
According to UFC president Dana White, 11,583 fans packed the arena, garnering the company a live gate of $1.5 million.
Because no fighters successfully showcased their jiu jitsu skills, a ‘Submission of the Night’ commission was not handed out. However, White gave Brian Ebersole an unexpected $70K for getting Dennis Hallman and his Speedo-like trunks “off TV as soon as possible.”
Rashad Evans thinks he dislocated his thumb in the 1stRound, but doesn’t believe it’s broken.
Although Evans was out of action for almost 15 months, he felt the benefits of running back-to-back camps.
White said he is eating his words regarding ring rust affecting fighters’ performance after seeing what Evans did.
UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones tweeted that it was the “same stuff” from Evans. “Suga” responded, “If it’s the same old stuff that Jones saw, that’s probably exactly why he didn’t want to fight me the first time.”
Evans professed he’s just cocky for the cameras, while Jones is cocky all the time.
Tito Ortiz said more time to train would’ve been beneficial, but tipped his cap to Evans.
Evans and Ortiz gave each other props at the presser; Ortiz for taking a scrap of this magnitude at the 11th hour, and Evans for simply being the better fighter.
White was not sure what to do with Vitor Belfort, because he finished very quickly and didn’t suffer any damage. He compared his situation to Ortiz’s after his 1stRound submission of Ryan Bader at UFC 132.
Belfort reiterated that if Anderson Silva didn’t catch him with the Steven Seagal-inspired kick at UFC 126, “The Spider” would have suffered the same fate as Sexyama.
Ebersole was surprised Hallman tried to beat him on the humor and showmanship front with his trunks. He was really worried Hallman’s uniform would “malfunction.”
Rory MacDonald blew White away with his performance.