After a build that had UFC matchmaker Joe Silva burning the midnight oil to find replacements it appears UFC 133 will finally unfold as scheduled with only a day left for the injury bug to bite. Set for the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the event is headlined by former light heavyweight champs Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans reliving their rivalry from 2007 in the main event with contendership implications on the line this time around. Also featured on the main card, polished strikers Vitor Belfort and Yoshihiro Akiyama will duke it out, while veteran grappler Mike Pyle attempts to stymie the meteoric rise of blue-chip prospect Rory MacDonald.
All of the fighters set for action on Saturday night stepped on the scale today in hopes of making weight with all hitting their marks except preliminary competitor Ivan Menjivar who missed the bantamweight cut-off by two pounds.
Ortiz and Evans squared off after making weight but avoided any physical contact. However, it was clear “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was the fan-favorite as he came in to a smattering of cheers while Evans was booed heavily throughout.
Read below for a list of UFC 133 results. All figures have been rounded to the nearest quarter-pound:
Rafael Natal (185.5 lbs) vs. Paul Bradley (185.25 lbs)
Mike Thomas Brown (146 lbs) vs. Nam Phan (145 lbs)
Johny Hendricks (170.75 lbs) vs. Mike Pierce (171 lbs)
Ivan Menjivar (138 lbs)* vs. Nick Pace (135.8 lbs)
Chad Mendes (145.75 lbs) vs. Rani Yahya (145.25 lbs)
Alexander Gustafsson (204.5 lbs) vs. Matt Hamill (206 lbs)
Mike Pyle (170.75 lbs) vs. Rory MacDonald (170.5 lbs)
Jorge Rivera (184.5 lbs) vs. Constantinos Philippou (185.25 lbs)
Dennis Hallman (170.75 lbs) vs. Brian Ebersole (170.5 lbs)
Vitor Belfort (185.5 lbs) vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (184.5 lbs)
Rashad Evans (204.5 lbs) vs. Tito Ortiz (205.75 lbs)
* – Menjivar has elected to accept a fine for missing weight rather than drop the remaining pounds