Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) just finished treating the "City of Brotherly Love" to another action packed pay-per-view (PPV) thriller (Sat., August 6, 2011) from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
UFC 133 featured a card that seemed cursed from the start, after undergoing a torrent of changes and replacements. The injury plagued event showcased a main event rematch between recently turned "comeback kid" Tito Ortiz and former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.
All good things must come to an end. Tito's comeback came to an abrupt halt.
After escaping from an early second round guillotine attempt, Evans gave Ortiz a taste of his own ground-and-pound medicine and it was only a matter of time. After Ortiz was hit with a crippling knee to the midsection, Evans mounted him right away and secured the technical knockout (TKO) victory at 4:48 of round two.
Rashad was just too much for Tito. Props to Ortiz for taking the fight on such short notice.
The "Mile High City" match-up just got a little more interesting.
Vitor Belfort was coming off an embarrassing loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 126 on Feb. 5. According to UFC President Dana White, Yoshihiro Akiyama was fighting for his job. On paper, we had all the ingredients for a "knock-'em-down-drag-'em-out" brawl.
That's exactly what we got.
Vitor looked like the Belfort of old as he made short work of Akiyama and barely broke a sweat doing it. After clipping Akiyama with a left hook to the temple, Belfort jumped all over his wobbled counterpart and finished him with punches at 1:54 of the first round.
Afterwards, Belfort loudly proclaimed that he is back. He very well may be.
Sadly, it looks like it's the end of the road for Akiyama. We'll see if Dana keeps his word and sends him packing.
Hallman decided to spice things up by strolling into the octagon wearing tiny speedos.
Hey, if Ebersole can shave an arrow out of his chest hair and knock people out with cartwheel kicks, I guess wardrobe should be fair game.
Hallman was able to score a quick takedown and implement his ground game early on. After three plus minutes of Hallman having his back, Ebersole snuck out the back door and immediately rained down a barrage of ground-and-pound.
It was all downhill from there.
Ebersole used hammerfists and elbows to bludgeon his opponent before referee Kevin Mulhall finally stopped the fight at 4:28 of the first round.
Middleweights Jorge Rivera and Constantinos Philippou came into the fight tonight having had only a little more than two weeks to prepare for each other, after Rivera's original opponent, Alessio Sakara, had to withdraw due to an injury.
A noticeably slimmer Rivera entered the cage to try and get some of his swagger back after being TKO'ed by Michael Bisping in his last fight on Feb. 27 at UFC 127. The 39-year-old fighter claimed to have been re-invented after a training camp with top trainer Greg Jackson.
The first round was uneventful as both fighters battled for position and felt each other out. The scoring could have gone either way.
Round two saw Phillipou get close to finishing Rivera by ground-and-pound, but Rivera's resilience was enough to hold off the stoppage.
In the third round, Rivera was able to start landing some effective knees and elbows. It was certainly a close round, but Rivera looked to have done just enough to outpoint his adversary.
The fight was not a popular one with the Philadelphia fans in attendance, and they had no problem letting the fighters know all throughout.
Phillipou received the split decision win, much to the dismay of the crowd and to Rivera.
The train kept right on schedule as MacDonald continued his meteoric rise up the ladder of the UFC's welterweight division.
Pyle gave MacDonald all he had to give in a noble effort before he was caught by a punch that clearly hurt him, late in the first round. MacDonald instantly jumped on top of his wounded opponent and hit Pyle with an onslaught of punches before the fight was finally stopped with a minute and six seconds to go in round one.
This kid is legit. That's enough from us -- now it's your turn to discuss "Evans vs. Ortiz 2," which took place from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the comments section below.
For complete UFC 133 results and detailed blow-by-blow commentary of the televised main card fights click here.