UFC 133: Rashad Evans Needs an Spectacular Finish
This August, Rashad Evans will face Tito Ortiz at UFC 133 and will prove to the fans that he deserves a shot for the title.
While Rashad Evans is one of the many fighters who carry a disrespectful swagger before, during, and after the match, it is no brainer that he is one of the most exciting fighter in the light heavyweight division. His knockout victories over Chuck Lidell, Sean Salmon and Jason Lambert were considered as some of the most brutal finish in the MMA history. Moreover, his title win over Forrest Griffin remains a classic.
However, it seems that Rashad Evans regressed as a fighter. Instead of using his lethal boxing prowess, he won his last two fights via decision. In two years, his UFC 133 match against Tito Ortiz will be his third bout after losing the title. But before Tito Ortiz, Lyoto Machida was tapped to face Rashad Evans at UFC 133. However, the latter backed down. Some reports suggested that it’s because the promotion won’t pay the fighter enough. However, some speculates that there is more to it than that.
In one way or the other, Rashad Evans is one big name who’s simply not producing a big fight. His infrequent fighting, new technique and his feud against the reigning light heavyweight champ – Jon Jones – made him almost unmarketable. Simply put, Lyoto Machida would want a notable fight after his win over Randy Couture. And fighting Rashad Evans will simply “slump” the momentum.
That said, Rashad Evans need to face Tito Ortiz with a spectacular fashion at UFC 133. Otherwise, UFC will overlook him altogether when it comes to the title picture.