It's been only 35 days since Tito Ortiz made his triumphant return to the octagon with an impressive victory over Ryan Bader. Tito's career was on life support before that victory and now the sky's the limit. The next obstacle on his path to immortality is Rashad Evans.
The last time Rashad Evans fought he toppled an over hyped and out of shape Rampage Jackson. Jackson was coming off his acting debut as B.A. Baracus in the A-Team. It was pretty apparent the time off affected his preparation and stamina so the victory came as no surprise. Rampage talked a good game, but at the end of the day his mean looks and insults only served as motivation for Evans.
When you assess this fight on paper Tito Ortiz is clearly the underdog. Rashad Evans is more technically sound and Ortiz is getting up there in age. It's always a good idea to bet on the younger, faster fighter. Fortunately for Tito fights aren't fought on paper, but rather in the octagon. Tito still has the heart of a champion and Rashad Evans is susceptible to a big right hand. Anything can happen in a match up of this magnitude so don't be surprised if Tito is the one with his hand raised at the end of the fight.
Perhaps I'm just being sentimental because Tito Ortiz is one of my favorite athletes. As you all know I tend to gravitate towards the cocky, trash talking guys and the Huntington Beach Bad Boy definitely fits that criteria. Tito is the Muhammad Ali of the UFC and his personality and aura are electric. In fighting Rashad Evans I don't believe Ortiz has bitten off more than he can chew and there's still something left in the tank. Ortiz by unanimous decision. I hope I'm not letting my emotions get the best of me with this prediction. Your thoughts?