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Tito Ortiz Turns Down UFC 133 Rematch Against Rashad Evans; Lyoto Machida Reportedly In [UPDATED]

(“I’M BACK!” has been downgraded to “Just give me a minute, okay?”)

Update, 11:07 a.m. ET: Yahoo!’s Kevin Iole tweets that Lyoto Machida is in vs. Rashad Evans. Source is a text-message from Dana White.

The race is on to salvage UFC 133‘s main event, in the wake of Phil Davis’s knee injury withdrawal. One fighter who won’t be stepping up against Rashad Evans on short notice is Tito Ortiz, who’s coming off his career-restoring submission of Ryan Bader at UFC 132. According to an MMAFighting report, Ortiz was the first man the UFC turned to when Davis bowed out, but the Huntington Beach Bad Boy declined the offer. As he explained via twitter:

I have a life and things to take care of. The fight game is about making the right choices of my career. If you knew what I have been going through you all would understand. Peaking for a fight is what makes a fighter unstoppable! Timing is everything in life. This is a rebuild year for me not do or die. The time will come again!

Ortiz and Evans fought to a unanimous draw four years ago at UFC 73, in which Ortiz was deducted a point for repeatedly grabbing the fence. A rematch down the road might hold some interest for fans, but for Ortiz, a short-notice fight against Evans is clearly too big of a risk so soon after returning to the win column — and we can’t blame him.

The UFC is currently trying to bring in Lyoto Machida to replace Phil Davis, but nothing has been signed yet. Fun fact: Including UFC 133, six of the last nine UFC main events have been changed on short notice. Let’s run ‘em down…

UFC 133 (8/6): Originally Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis, new main event TBA

UFC 132 (7/2): Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber, unchanged

UFC on Versus 4 (6/26): Originally Nate Marquardt vs. Anthony Johnson, changed to Marquardt vs. Rick Story, then Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry

UFC 131 (6/11): Originally Brock Lesnar vs. Junior Dos Santos, changed to Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin

TUF 13 Finale (6/4): Tony Ferguson vs. Ramsey Nijem, unchanged

UFC 130 (5/28): Originally Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III, changed to Rampage vs. Matt Hamill

UFC 129 (4/30): Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields, unchanged

UFC Fight Night 24 (3/26): Originally Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Tito Ortiz, changed to Nogueira vs. Phil Davis

UFC 128 (3/19): Originally Mauricio Rua vs. Rashad Evans, changed to Rua vs. Jon Jones

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Viva Hate- July 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm
Tito has accepted and Dana confirmed that if he wins it will put him in title contention, making my prediction of Tito holding a title again look even better. WAR TITO!
towelie- July 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm
smart guy reconsidered headlining a main event.
FighterX- July 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm
mma junkie states that tito accepted the fight...what now S**t talkers
Angry Whopper- July 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm
*prep for a fight within 4 weeks
Angry Whopper- July 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm
tito schmito. cred or not, history or not, fuck him. he's an asshole with more excuses than a busted teenager. i won't mention the alleged cracked skull story - you know, when he was one of the only fighters who wasn't medically suspended after the fight. i won't bring that story up, or any of the countless others. nothing can change the fact that tito is a capital douchebag, served with a side of giant ego, and it's my feeling that he pollutes any environment he enters.
and p.s. - as far as the short notice goes, a) he fought for less than 2 minutes in the last fight and came out without a mark on him, so don't tell me he needs recovery time. B) if by this point in his career he doesn't know how to for a fight within 4 weeks, while still at peak level from a main card fight that he didn't have time to break a sweat in, then it's time to gtfo.
intercept440- July 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm
fighting on short notice isnt a way for a known name to gain cred, however it is an awesome opportunity for an up and coming to get into the mix of things alot faster, However, tito should still be in top shape from the bader camp , and his fight only lasted like a minute, so he could have easily taken this fight on short notice and still came in , in good shape, call me fucked up in the head, but tito is still a tough guy to fight, his weakness is the fists, and rashad has good hands, tito is doing what is right for tito
Ballsagna- July 13, 2011 at 11:00 am
I know where Tito is coming from. I took two Mollies this morning.. and I'm just peaking right now. Siiiiick.
mDino- July 13, 2011 at 10:34 am
and brennemen somehow managed to stick that shaft up rick storys butt
RSparrow- July 13, 2011 at 10:00 am
Just to be clear, if a fight is taken on short notice the fighter has the option of fighting or not? Could have sworn they have forced a couple lower tier fighters on a card as replacements. Always seems Tito, and a few others, have the upper hand when choosing fight choices, regardless of timing. Perhaps it's a pay your dues kind of thing or choice of better management. Some people get straight shafted!
FighterX- July 13, 2011 at 9:48 am
@expectjesusbro....obiviously you are new 2 MMA...let me guess you jumped on board when the ultimate fighter debuted...Tito has a long list of accomplishments in MMA...hey, don't like a fighter for whatever you like...but 2 trash Tito while you are only a keyboard have no respect...any who jumps in on short notice is 2 be commended...however if a fighter wants a full camp no need 2 call him names...HE is the one thats fighting not YOU...
Zescape- July 13, 2011 at 9:25 am
You forgot that the original main event of UFC 133 was Jose Aldo vs KenFlo.
ExpectJesusBro- July 13, 2011 at 9:01 am
Fried Taco- July 13, 2011 at 8:57 am
The timing is not right for his cycle.
ExpectJesusBro- July 13, 2011 at 8:55 am
Tito ban approved!!
ExpectJesusBro- July 13, 2011 at 8:53 am
Rick Story stepped up! Yes, he lost, but he stepped up, and that gives him Honorable mentions. Has Tito ever done anything thats worth mentioning at all?
WK- July 13, 2011 at 8:53 am
At first, I thought, yeah, Tito doesn't need to fight. he's guaranteed a top contender since it's an insult to match him up with a prelim guy and he won't settle for anything less than a main card guy.

But then again, he already trained for a wrestler (Bader), why not just go for Evans who is also a wrestler. Weightcut shouldn't be a problem either.
ExpectJesusBro- July 13, 2011 at 8:50 am
I fault tito's bitchassery.
ArmFarmer- July 13, 2011 at 8:46 am
I agree, cut the dude some slack and let him savor his win and get in a real training camp before he takes on a top 3 lhw
BONGTAR- July 13, 2011 at 8:45 am
You can't fault Tito for not taking this fight. It's too soon against a tough opponent, BUT, You cant help but wonder what this could have done for his cred if he were to take it on short notice and win or lose, give Rashad a very tough fight. That would have helped his image a bit.
FighterX- July 13, 2011 at 8:40 am
I know this is a sarcastic site...where wanna be comedians and keyboard warriors rule...Get an Understanding of the risks of taking a fight on short notice against a high quality dry-humper..Let Tito fight the winner of dry-humper and Mr. elusive(evans-machida)with a full training camp...then we will see who brings it...evans is shitting in his pants right now....
flyingogoplata- July 13, 2011 at 8:29 am
You can't really fault Tito here. Guy just had a huge fight (fighting for his career) and people are giving him shit for not taking a fight on 4 weeks notice (when training camps are usually 12) against a tough fighter who's had the opportunity to train properly so he can peak at the right time.

FrontKick Dentist- July 13, 2011 at 8:27 am
"I can't fight because my vagina hurts." Huntington Beach PUSSY
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- July 13, 2011 at 8:27 am
He's busy counting the ridiculous amount of money he got paid for the last fight
Machiavelli- July 13, 2011 at 8:25 am
Tito is just pussing out. I am sure he wants an easy fight so he can get another win and further from getting cut. In his mind the right choice for his career is someone he can knockout.