Despite initial reports that former UFC light heavyweight champion
had turned down a main event pairing with Rashad
, it appears that “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has
answered the call.
UFC President Dana White tweeted news of the matchup Wednesday.
Ortiz steps in as a replacement for the injured Phil Davis at
the Aug. 6 event, which will emanate from Wells Fargo Center in
Ortiz and Evans have met once before, fighting to a draw at
73. Ortiz was penalized a costly point in the second round of
the July 2007 bout for repeatedly grabbing the Octagon fence.
Ortiz recently staved off retirement by submitting Ryan Bader at
UFC 132, the 36-year-old’s first win in nearly five years. Ortiz
had gone 0-4-1 in his previous five bouts, dropping three straight
fights in that span to Lyoto
Griffin and Matt
Like his new opponent, Evans is also a former UFC light heavyweight
champion. “Suga” captured the title in 2008, knocking out Griffin
at UFC 92. Evans’ glory would be short-lived, however, as he lost
the belt in his first title defense to Lyoto
Machida five months later at UFC 98. The defeat remains the
only blemish on Evans’ professional record, as the 31-year-old
rebounded from the loss by posting back-to-back victories over
Silva and Quinton
Jackson in 2010.
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