Rashad Evans never thought the rematch with Tito would happen

Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz fought to a draw at UFC 73 Stacked. After the fight, Dana White said that Ortiz and Evans would have an immediate rematch. That didn’t happen. Evans fought and defeated Michael Bisping while Ortiz is set to face Lyoto Machida in a few months.

According to Evans, the rematch with Ortiz was never going to occur.

I don’t think it was very close at all,” said Evans, “Ortiz had a contract thing going, and he got started on the Apprentice.”

As a result if Ortiz’s outside commitments, Evans ended up fighting Bisping in November at UFC 78. Sure, the fight was a main event, but it was widely viewed as the weakest UFC main event in a long time.

Not having the second match-up fight against Ortiz had to a be a serious letdown. Fighting Ortiz would give him another high profile against an MMA superstar.

Now, the undefeated Evans is set to face off against another undefeated fighter in Thiago Silva. A win against Silva should propel Evans back into the main event picture. How much more does he need to do? Evans has not lost a fight in the UFC including his run through the heavyweights in the Ultimate Fighter season 2.

With his advanced wrestling skills, Evans may not have the most exciting style, but he does have a very impressive winning streak. Hopefully, Evans will get some increased top-level opportunities in 2008.

18 COMMENTS
  • platypus says:

    evans is a good fighter, but he isnt gonna get past thiago silva.

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  • kieran says:

    It was ufc 73, not 75.

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  • Kelvin says:

    I’m a fan of Evans…he’s evolved alot….hopefully he can beat Thiago.

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  • Jaeger says:

    He is going to look like a boy fighting a grown man with Silva. Terrible match up for him, thank god.

    Evans is the most boring undefeated fighter I can remember, twice the smack talk, half the action.

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  • screwface says:

    blah blah blah, we go thru this every evans fight. hes gonna get his ass kicked, hell never win, he sucks etc etc etc. and what happens every single time?

    rashad wins.

    i hope this fight is mad boring, no action and all lay and pray, with rashad comin up with with the decision win, just so i can laugh at you haters all over again :p

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  • ttt says:

    who actually wanted to see a rematch? the first fight was so boring, it was like a lay and pray contest

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  • garth says:

    The “he’s boring” stuff gets old. yeah, he doesn’t wing crazy punches, but he wins a lot. I’d say if Machida wins, and Rashad wins, let them fight and the winner gets a shot. The victor will be undefeated and deserve it completely.
    I like both of those fighters. Since Tito’s leaving he’s out. If Silva beats Rashad (a distinct possibility) he faces Machida for a shot.

    Since we have to wait for freaking TUF to end before the freaking LHW belt is off the shelf, it’s gonna be two more fights before anyone gets a chance at it. The UFC really needs to find something to fill in the delay between defenses if they’re going to leave their belts out of commission for stupid reality show. weight class GP? just one tournament, Dana, please?

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  • bubbafat says:

    “A win against Silva should propel him BACK into the main event picture”
    Where did he go? If he ever was in the main event picture.

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  • iknowudont says:

    Silva will KO Evans… Evans fought his way through all those HW on TUF??? Which of them has done anything since then? Brad Imes maybe…..

    Also, his fight with Tito was clearly a Tito win until the cage grabbing penalty, and that was against a Tito no where near his prime..

    Evans is boring, and needs a good but whoopin

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  • seth b says:

    “blah blah blah, we go thru this every evans fight. hes gonna get his ass kicked, hell never win, he sucks etc etc etc. and what happens every single time?

    rashad wins.”

    Well said screwface, and completely accurate.

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  • Johny Chimpo says:

    Kudos to Jaeger on his assesment of Evans. He is an extremely boring fighter to watch. All he has is takedowns, with the exception of the one head kick he landed. If I wanted to watch wrestling I could get the big ten network, stay up til 3 AM, and watch the big ten wrestling on TV. I don’t want to watch wrestling, and I am surprised at the number of people who think he is top tier fighter. He drew Tito… five years ago that might have been something but not so much anymore. Who has Tito beat lately? Ken “I’m so washed up I make Vinny Testaverde look young and athletic” Shamrock……

    He throws about 5 punches a round, takes the guy down and then doesn’t advance his position; it’s one thing if he is trying to sub the guy or going for the mount but come on. I would love to see him fight in the WEC where they would make him stand after a short time of laying on his opponent. Put him in there with Chuck. Chuck could stop the takedowns and would strike the sh*t out of him.

    Could everyone that is an Evans fan please just start watching wrestling and save me time of having to explain the concept MIXED martial arts. It is not wrestling and I hate how the rules seem to favor the lay and pray. Edgar vs Fischer is another case in point… don’t get me wrong Edgar is far superior to Evans on his feet, but all he did was take the King down and bore me to tears. I feel a lot better now… Go Hendo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Johny Chimpo says:

    almost forgot…screwface your name seems to suit you well. Wishing for a boring fight? True fan of the sport!

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  • screwface says:

    and chimpo your name suits you even better after your soliloquy on wrestling, fighter bashing and then talking about “True fan of the sport!”. your exactly the the type of guy my my post was referring to. I suppose MMA to you would only consist of wild punches thrown over and over till someone ends up knocked out. Keep in mind the six degrees of separation in your argument. Rashad beat Jardine with ease. Jardine beat Chuck with ease. So your point about putting Rashad in there with Chuck is pretty laughable so that “Chuck could stop the takedowns and would strike the sh*t out of him”. still feel better?

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  • hardcase says:

    “jardine beat Chuck with ease”…

    pardon me. did you watch the fight?

    jardine won, but if he won so easy why did his face look like my asshole afterward? jesus.

    rashad is pointless. who cares who he fights. he had also somehow managed to be a bigger mouthpiece than tito during the process of their fight. and if anyone shows me his highlight reel KO of salmon again i will puke. salmon straight up tried the crane kick from the karate kid partway into the first round. therefore knocking him out is not a valid accomplishment.

    i can’t wait until thiago silva rips his liver out and then does the cut-throat motion. i assure you he will not try the crane kick or yank on the fence until he loses. goodnight.

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  • crossbreed says:

    evans is a boring and a smart ass he got lucky with tito,the point loss and the injuries a 100% tito would have killed evans

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  • Buster Bluth says:

    I love all the Rashad haters…it makes all his victories that much sweeter cause he NEVER loses…gee…he MUST be a bad fighter. All you haters that complain about him being boring…go watch WWE for your entertainment.

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  • Rich says:

    crossbreed,
    there’s probably no such thing as a 100% Tito..

    and iknowudont,

    “… Evans fought his way through all those HW on TUF??? Which of them has done anything since then? Brad Imes maybe….. ”

    well, i guess you forgot that he dominated Keith Jardine.. someone who defeated a previous winner of the show in Forrest Griffon, and the former champ, Chuck Liddell..

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  • Adam says:

    ‘Evans fought his way through all those HW on TUF??? Which of them has done anything since then? Brad Imes maybe….. ‘

    He beat Jardine on TUF. I think he has done a few things.

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