MMA veteran Tito Ortiz will get what might be his last chance to compete for the UFC’s light-heavyweight championship when he faces Rashad Evans at UFC 133. The two former light-heavyweight champions will face each other for the second time at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. Here are my predictions for the UFC 133 fight card, scheduled for August 6.
Tito Ortiz versus Rashad Evans
Tito controlled the first encounter between the two MMA fighters, but a point deduction forced him to settle for the draw. Rashad has made tremendous improvements since then, defeating some of the best fighters in the division on the way. At UFC 133, Evans won’t have any problems using his wrestling to secure a future fight with former training partner Jon Jones.
Vitor Belfort versus Yoshihiro Akiyama
This should be an entertaining fight between two MMA fighters that like to stand and bang. Belfort should be able to outpoint Akiyama for three rounds and walk away with the victory.
Johny Hendricks versus Mike Pierce
Hendricks will take a step closer to the lightweight title when he faces Pierce at UFC 133. It should be a close fight, but in the end, Hendricks should be able to grind out the victory.
Mike Pyle versus Rory MacDonald
Coming off an impressive victory over Nate Diaz, MacDonald shouldn’t have no problems adding one more win to his already impressive resume at UFC 133.
Chad Mendes versus Rani Yahya
Mendes has been impressive so far, quickly building up a 10-0 MMA record. At UFC 133, he’ll face a game veteran in Rani Yahya. Yahya is coming of an impressive win over former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown in his UFC debut. Yahya will shock MMA fans once again at UFC 133, and hand Mendes his first professional loss.
Rest of Card
Mike Thomas Brown defeats Nam Phan
Matt Hamill defeats Alexander Gustafsson
Jorge Rivera defeats Constantinos Philippou
Dennis Hallman defeats Brian Ebersole
Ivan Menjivar defeats Nick Pace
Paul Bradley defeats Rafael Natal