UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz Predictions
UFC 133 is an exciting fight card that airs live this Saturday at 9:00 pm, from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first fight of night is a matchup in the welterweight division between, Rory MacDonald and Mike Pyle. MacDonald is coming of an impressive win against Nate Diaz at UFC 129, while Pyle is ridding a three fight win streak by defeating Ricardo Almeida, John Hathaway, and Jesse Lennox. I predict MacDonald will utilize his wrestling to takedown and control Pyle. If MacDonald can avoid Pyle’s submission attempts, I believe MacDonald will be able to defeat Pyle by judge’s decision. The second fight is a matchup in the middleweight division between Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera and Constantinos “Costa” Philippou. Rivera is trying to bounce back after losing to Michael Bisping, while Philippou is attempting to earn his first win inside the octagon. Philipou, in his octagon debut, lost to Nick Catone via decision. I predict the octagon experience of Rivera will overwhelm Philippou, and his striking will earn him a third round TKO over Constantinos. The third fight on the card is close matchup between Dennis “Superman” Hallman and Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole. Both these fighters have plenty of fight experience, with both fighters possessing over 40 wins. Also, the betting lines have this matchup split right down the middle, giving both fighters a -115 betting line. Hallman is ridding a two fight win streak by defeating Karo Parisyan and Ben Saunders, while Ebersole is a former division I wrestler that is undefeated inside the octagon. I expect Ebersole will utilize his wrestling to control Hallman, and will grind out a decision victory. The co-main event of the night is a thrilling middleweight matchup between Vitor Belfort and Yoshihiro Akiyama. Belfort is trying to bounce back after losing to Anderson Silva, while Akiyama has lost two fights in a row. Judo standout Akiyama has yet to taste victory inside the octagon since defeating Alan Belcher, in his octagon debut. I predict Belfort will utilize his superior boxing to out strike Akiyama, and will earn a second round knockout. The main event takes place in the light heavyweight division between Rashad Evens and Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz. These two fighters have met before, with the first fight ending in a draw. Evans is currently ridding a two fight win streak defeating Quinton Jackson and Thiago Silva. Ortiz recently just pulled off an upset win against Ryan Bader defeating him via submission. I expect this fight to be a close fight that takes place on the feet as well as on the ground. Ultimately, I think this fight lands in the hands of the judges, and they will score it a 29-28 unanimous decision to Rashad Evans.