Caplan: UFC 71 'the beginning of the end for Ortiz'

ufc 71 tito ortiz vs rashad evans

"Tito Ortiz could be in store for his second consecutive loss if he ends up fighting Rashad Evans at UFC 71 in May. Evans, while being less experienced than Ortiz, is a superior standup fighter. Ortiz is noted for his ability to take down fighters and beat them with his superb ground and pound game. But he did a poor job of setting up his takedowns against Chuck Liddell at UFC 66 and could struggle to get Evans, a former amateur wrestler at the collegiate level, to the ground. This could be the beginning of the end for Ortiz, who has failed to evolve as a fighter or earn a notable win since 2002. One could counter and say that Ortiz's split-decision victory against Forrest Griffin last April at UFC 59 qualifies as a 'notable' win, but many felt Griffin was the true winner of that fight and Griffin was TKO'd by Keith Jardine at UFC 66. Few fighters are more dangerous than Ortiz when it comes to striking from someone's closed guard, but his standup is still suspect and his submission ability is questionable, at best."

--Rather harsh criticism of former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz from Sam Caplan -- a CBSSportsline.com contributor -- who weighs in on the potential showdown between the "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" and Rashad Evans at UFC 71 on May 26.

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