Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz first confronted one another all the way back in July 2007. They fought to a draw after three-rounds of up-and-down action that saw Ortiz mostly get the better of Evans.
So why the draw? Tito was deducted a point for holding on to the cage one too many times and that proved to be the deciding factor as it was revealed later he would have earned a split decision if not for that lost point.
Now, four long years later, the rematch is all set for UFC 133 on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia. A lot has changed since that time but then again, quite a bit has stayed the same. So who has the edge heading into "The City of Brotherly Love," with a title shot on the line?
Here's the customary prediction from UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture:
"I just think they're a little bit different fighters now than they were when they fought the first time to a draw. I think it's, again, Rashad's fight to lose. I think he's developed some pretty fanciful striking, we've seen the kicking, we've seen the punching and obviously his tremendous wrestling pedigree, which is Tito's strength or tends to be. In 90-plus percent of his fights, he ends up taking guys down. I'm leaning towards Rashad. Tito will probably make a liar of me again, which is fine, good for him, gotta pull for that. But I think Rashad is going to get Tito."
Agree with "The Natural?" And will he get himself in trouble with another fighter for picking against him in a big fight like he did recently with Quinton Jackson?
After the jump, hear Couture talk more about the upcoming Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz match-up.