This Saturday features a main event of two former light heavyweight champions who square off against each other, as Tito Ortiz takes on Rashad Evans at UFC 133. The winner of this fight will likely get a title shot against the Jackson vs. Jones winner. The City of brotherly love hosts at the Wells Fargo Center. Vitor Belfort takes on Yoshihiro Akiyama in one of the more exciting fights on this card. Let’s take a look at the Top 2 fights happening this weekend. Get all your UFC 133: Evans vs Ortiz Predictions in before UFC 133 kicks off.
Vitor Belfort (-370) vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (+280)
This is the matchup that most fans are most excited about seeing on Saturday. Both fighters tend to put on entertaining fights, and are coming off of losses.
Belfort (19-9) had a brutal KO loss to Anderson Silva in his last fight. Prior to that fight Belfort was riding a five fight win streak, with four of those fights coming by KO or TKO. Belfort’s hand speed will be too much for Akiyama to handle.
Akiyama (13-3, 2 NC) lost his last fight in a close decision to Michael Bisping, and prior to that he lost by 3rd round submission to Chris Leben despite dominating the first two rounds. Unfortunately, many believe Akiyama is another overhyped fighter who did well in Japan, but can’t seem to cut it in the United States. Akiyama will either be cut or have to consider dropping to welterweight. If the UFC decides to keep Akiyama, it will be too fight on their rumoured upcoming card in Japan.
The Bottom Line: Belfort should win this by first round KO.
Rashad Evans (-400) vs. Tito Ortiz (+300)
Their last fight ended in a draw, and was a fight that Ortiz would most likely won if he did not grab the fence during an Evans takedown attempt.
Ortiz (16-8-1) won his last fight in a major upset against Ryan Bader by first round submission, and it was badly needed victory as a loss would have likely meant his departure from the UFC. Of course, having a big name such as Ortiz means a lot, and a victory here will likely lead to a title shot. Ortiz’s grappling should not be discounted. He has competed at the prestigious Abu Dhabi Combat Club competition, and nearly caught Machida with a triangle choke and submitted Ryan Bader. The rules of the event disallow strikes while promoting grappling and submissions.
Evans (15-1-1) has only one loss which a brutal KO to Lyoto Machida. Both fighters have excellent wrestling, with Rashad having a slight edge in that department. In the striking department, you have to go with Rashad Evans, as Tito Ortiz has never been known to have the ability to knock fighters out. The biggest question in this fight will be how will Evans game plan now that Greg Jackson is no longer in his corner? Evans certainly has a lot of talent, but a good corner and trainer goes a long way in this sport.
UFC 133 Odds:
Johnny Hendricks (-140) vs Mike Pierce (+110)
Chad Mendes (-650) vs Rani Yahya (+425)
Brian Ebersole (-115) vs Dennis Hallman (-115)
Jorge Rivera (-155) vs Costantinos Philippou (+125)
Rory MacDonald (-275) vs Mike Pyle (+215)
UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz
When: Saturday August 4th@9:00 PM ET
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The Bottom Line: Rashad Evans should win this fight, and will most likely win by decision. Belfort should win this by first round KO. Be sure to get your UFC 133: Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz predictions in early.