“UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz” was held inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday night. Unfortunately for fight fans, the organization didn’t provide a live stream of the post-fight press conference for websites not named UFC.com.
No worries, 5thRounders. We took in-depth notes from tonight’s presser:
According to UFC president Dana White, 11,583 fans packed the arena, garnering the company a live gate of $1.5 million.
Vitor Belfort took home ‘Knockout of the Night’ for planking Yoshihiro Akiyama, while Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz won “Fight of the Night” honors. Each pocketed $70,000.
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.”
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.
Evans thinks he dislocated his thumb in the 1stRound, but doesn’t believe it’s broken.
Evans on constant boos: “I think the fans boo me because they love me. I’m going to get a t-shirt that says, ‘Boo if you love me’. It doesn’t bother me.”
Ortiz said more time to train would’ve been beneficial, but tipped his cap to Evans. He wants to take a month off and fight again before the year’s out.
Ortiz: “I’m a legend. I’m an icon. I paved the way for many of these fighters up here. Sometimes my heart is bigger than my body.”
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.
Ortiz thought the guillotine was close for a split second, but he should have poisoned his elbow better to seal the deal.
White expected a more competitive scrap between Alexander Gustafsson and Matt Hamill bout, but was impressed with Gustafsson’s ability to finish someone like “The Hammer.”
White wasn’t sure what to do with 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.
He was ready for Akiyama’s front kick, claims everyone has been trying that on him.
“The Phenom” feels he’s on a roll. “I’m faster than before. I’m the vintage Vitor. In this weight division, whatever I hit, I make sure people go down.”
Belfort said he’ll bring a pillow for his opponents next time.
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 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.
Evans said he would prefer to win the belt from Jones and be the first fighter to beat his nemesis.
He added that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson moves like Frankenstein now and isn’t as good as he used to be. However, he can put Jones to sleep if he catches him at UFC 135.
The dissing didn’t stop there, as Evans appeared to indirectly take shots at Greg Jackson’s camp with each compliment he gave to his current Blackzilian Team.
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.