‘Suga’ Rashad Evans || ‘The Payback’ [x]
Similar to the ‘Believe in Your Eyes’ promo of Jon Jones, ‘The Payback’ does he same thing to Rashad Evans. It takes an artistic look at Evans’ training for UFC 145, with James Brown’s “The Payback” playing in he background. But there’s one quote that stands out from the promo:
“Jon Jones was a friend…Like my little brother. We was never meant to entertain the idea of fighting each other.”
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Epic Fights Collection #15 || Tito Ortiz versus Rashad Evans || UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz
Back at UFC 73, Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans faced off for the first time. The fight of course, went to a draw. Ortiz would have won the fight, as he had won the first two rounds on the judges scorecards, but was deducted a point for grabbing the fence. Fast forward four years later and it was a different world for both men. While Rashad continued to ascend up the ranks of the Light Heavyweight division, Tito Ortiz had fallen from the top, where he once stood.
Some ruled Ortiz out of his fight with Ryan Bader at UFC 132, but with his back against the wall, Ortiz managed to pull out a massive upset forcing Bader to tap out to a guillotine choke in the first round. Ortiz came into UFC 133 as a replacement. Originally, Phil Davis was supposed to take on ‘Suga’ but pulled out due to an injury. And coming in at short notice was Ortiz, looking to propel himself into title contention for what could have been the last time.
The ‘Huntingdon Beach Bad Boy’ train came to a halt however, as Rashad managed to turn in a great performance and victory over the former Light Heavyweight champion. But it didn’t come without a few scares. Ortiz looked to replicate his victory over Ryan Bader with a guillotine choke on Evans, but Evans got to half guard before any damage could be done. A heel hook was also on the cards, but Evans got out of that one easily. ‘Suga’ delivered a crushing knee to the body of Ortiz and scored the TKO victory several shots after.