After a series of UFC events in rapid succession the next major event there’s a short break before UFC 133 arrives in Philladelphia on August 6th.
Injuries have once again caused problems for this event, with headline star Phil ‘Mr Wonderful’ Davis pulling out due to injury. After a tense few days searching for a suitable replacement Tito Ortiz finally stepped up to the plate to take on Rashad Evans.
This will be the second encounter between the two, with the first ending in a draw back in 2007, so there’s unfinished business here that can finally be laid to rest. It’ll be interesting to see how both men fare here given that by fight night it’ll have been barely a month since Ortiz last bout, a shock win over Ryan Bader, while Evans hasn’t fought in 15 months.
Meanwhile Antonio Rogerio Nogueira takes the co-main event berth of this event, fighting another seasoned MMA veteran in Rich Franklin, with both men looking to bounce back from a recent loss and stay relevant at 205lbs.
After his KO loss to Anderson Silva in february, Vitor Belfort steps back into the Octagon against Japanese fighter Yoshihiro Akiyama who’s in dire need of a win after back-to-back losses.
A middleweight fight originally scheduled for UFC 122 in Germany but canceled backstage hours before the event took place due to illness between Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara will also finally take place at UFC 133 over half a year later.
Finally, rounding off the main card is a welterweight scrap between the on-form Mike Pyle and the highly touted Rory MacDonald.
See the full fight card for the Philly event below.
- Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Rich Franklin
- Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Vitor Belfort
- Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
- Mike Pyle vs. Rory MacDonald
- Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Alexander Gustafsson
- Chad Mendes vs. Rani Yahya
- Dennis Hallman vs. Brian Ebersole
- Johny Hendricks vs. Mike Pierce
- Ivan Menjivar vs. Nick Pace
- Costantinos Phillippou vs. Rafael Natal
- Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan