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UFC 133 Aftermath: Short Fights, Short Shorts

The quickest way to a man’s heart is to drive your knee through his sternum. (Pic: UFC.com)

Admit it: for a moment last night, you believed. After surviving a first round that saw him battered against the cage and dumped to the canvas “Country Breakfast” style, it looked like “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” “The People’s Champion”, for the second time in five weeks, would pull off the improbable upset via guillotine. But aside from those few electrifying seconds, Tito Ortiz was never in that bout. Rashad’s hands, Rashad’s speed, Rashad’s everything seemed too much for Tito.

Evans showed no signs of ring rust as he went for the kill throughout the fight. Following this decisive victory he now finds himself in the exact same position he’s been in for well over a year: staring at a potential title fight in the manner a mule eyes a carrot dangling just out of reach. From what I saw last night, he’s as ready as one can be to challenge Jon Jones should he get past Rampage next month. Rashad has a history of excessively-delayed bouts with both men. Let’s pray that the winner of that bout emerges healthy and ready to defend his belt sooner rather than later.

There should be no dogging Ortiz today. He took this fight on the heels of his victory at UFC 132 against a man who by all rights should have been fighting for the title. He could have taken several months to recover and rebuild, likely squaring off against a much easier opponent when the time was right, but he took a chance at reviving his career while salvaging the main event fight from the brink of cancellation. His gamble didn’t pay off, but he did Zuffa and the fans a solid and I don’t expect his neck to be near the chopping block win or lose in the immediate future.

Let me be the first to say that I was not impressed by Vitor Belfort last night. The truth is that there’s very little “The Phenom” can do to even raise my eyebrows. Blazing hand speed and a quick knock out are what I’ve come to expect from Belfort ever since his UFC debut against Tre Telligman. In my mind when he delivers he’s merely living up to the promise he’s always shown; these lofty expectations only leave room for bitter disappointment when he fails to meet them. Vitor has the physical tools and killer instinct to take out just about any man on any given night, but despite his pleas he won’t be getting the next shot at Middleweight gold. If he wants another taste of the title he’s going to need more than a few quick knock outs (he already has enough of those to last a lifetime). What Vitor needs now is the one thing his game has always lacked- consistency. Old Vitor, New Vitor, call yourself what you will, just stick around for awhile and put people on blast. That’s a Belfort that would impress me.

In a night full of quick fights, there was still plenty of time to be disappointed. Hallman’s trunks–a generous description–left little to the imagination. Dana White told Ariel Helwani that similar briefs will be outlawed in the future. At the close of their bout, Ivan Menjivar ran away from Nick Pace and ran away with the unanimous decision. I haven’t rewatched the fight so I won’t call it a bad decision, but I expect there to be some debate about the outcome. An injury to Jose Aldo delayed undefeated featherweight Chad Mendes‘s shot at the title, and now a broken hand may delay that bout even further. Let’s hope it’s just a sprain from throwing too many “surfs up” signs over at Team Alpha Male.

Full Results, via MMAWeekly.com:

Main Bouts (On Pay-Per-View):
-Rashad Evans def. Tito Ortiz by TKO at 4:48, R2
-Vitor Belfort def. Yoshihiro Akiyama by KO at 1:52, R1
-Brian Ebersole def. Dennis Hallman by TKO at 4:28, R1
-Costas Philippou def. Jorge Rivera by splite decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
-Rory MacDonald def. Mike Pyle by TKO at 3:54, R1
Preliminary Bouts (On Spike TV):
-Alexander Gustafsson def. Matt Hamill by TKO at 3:34, R2
-Chad Mendes def. Rani Yahya by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
Preliminary Bouts (On Facebook):
-Ivan Menjivar def. Nick Pace by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Johny Hendricks def. Mike Pierce by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
-Mike Brown def. Nam Phan by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Rafael ‘Sapo’ Natal def. Paul Bradley by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

 

- Chris Colemon (@ChrisColemon)

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jessbarr87- August 7, 2011 at 7:45 pm
why hasn't anyone made a gif outta tito smacking people in the face with his flag. maybe i was the only 1 who noticed.
Get Off Me- August 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm
Belcher will beat McDonald in their upcoming fight, but that's too long a lay off for Vitor.
Maybe two more wins for Vitor would be necessary at this point. Okami after he loses to Silva or Stann after he loses to Sonnen would be the best start, whichever fight they can book quickest.
Your Dumb- August 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm
I guess Vitor vs Leben would be the fight you'd be interested in, but would you still be unimpressed if Vitor KOed Leben in the first 3 minutes?

But with Leben fighting Munoz, who cares.

I guess Vitor vs Alan Belcher would be a good next match.
CrushCo- August 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm
@k-onda: My apologies. My ignorance of Hawaiian culture is surpassed only by my ignorance of many other things.
k-onda- August 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm
I like Tito better when he says stupid things and looks the clown - I bet he still made more than Rashad, so there's always that, poor rich ass bastard.
And no mention of Ebersole? Dude looked cool, a dangerous combination of experience and killer instinct.
And what the hell is a surf's up sign, do you mean the shaka sign - a hawaiian expression of aloha? don't be ignant
XENOPHON- August 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm
Most may agree Belfort got artificially slotted with the top 10 when he returned to the UFC.
Leben would be good, but I think he's a bit too slow.
I would really like to see Bisping get Royally ping-ponged by Vitor.
edhedicus- August 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm
Belfort v Leben! This must happen in Novemer or December!
NomadRip- August 7, 2011 at 11:35 am
Agree about Tito, but this Belfort talk is coming dangerously close to violating the "we're gonna see the old" Vitor ban on CagePotato. I don't want to see you wearing Dennis Hallman pear smugglers for the next month, so let's try to keep that in check.
XENOPHON- August 7, 2011 at 10:47 am
Hey CP

...why the fuck does the video in the lower right hand corner automatically start playing (in this case Halloween Fight at Denny's) once the page is refreshed?
This glitch happens on each of the 4 big name browsers, and causes major delays in loading the page.
Spend some time to have someone fix your fucked up script/code.
Captcha might be a necessary evil, but the latency caused by that fucking video initializing is double frustrating and likely partially responsible for driving people to other forums.
XENOPHON- August 7, 2011 at 10:38 am
This is was a good read with one exception...."There should be no dogging Ortiz today."
Tito was not forced to fight the top ranked contender, he claims he slept on the offer then decided to step up a day later.
I'll bet a pretty penny Tito (and his stripper advisor) was well aware that he would not be getting another chance at a money shot for a long time coming.
Jones will tear threw the ranks, until it's obvious he and Anderson need to do the catch-weight I am already willing to pay double for.
RaginAsian- August 7, 2011 at 10:11 am
Vitor just made Sexyama's chin look like Wandy's. You should be at least mildly impressed. That said, I agree with pretty much everything else.
Lesnarischamp- August 7, 2011 at 9:53 am
There's no one available for Vitor to fight at the moment, all the top MWs are tied up until at least October. But with his age and long layoffs he should really be fighting sooner than those would be (dec. at earliest).

On a side note, Hamill should be the latest LHW to drop to 185. 3 of his last 5 fights have been lop-sided and (compared to his competition) he looks a bit on the doughy side.
CrushCo- August 7, 2011 at 9:49 am
@ColinL: I'm being facetious when I say I wasn't impressed. I'm never shocked when I see Vitor lay someone out because he always has the ability, yet he only has one three-fight win streak in the UFC, and that's thanks to his two wins in the UFC 12 tournament. I think he's terrific- I'd just like to see him build a win streak in the UFC before challenging for the belt. Two more after this one would make me happy if it's against decent competition. It's depressing to hear him say, "I'm back!", because it's a reminder that he's fallen from the top so many times.
UFC-FORUMS.COM- August 7, 2011 at 9:44 am
If you missed this fight (UFC 133) the replay can be seen at
http://mma-tube.net
ColinL- August 7, 2011 at 9:40 am
The rant about Vitor is wrong-headed. The dude's had injury problems, no doubt about that, but he's also demolished everyone he's faced lately who *isn't* named Anderson Silva. He needs more fights, I agree, but I'm not seeing any lack of badass-ness in the last several years.
Meaot- August 7, 2011 at 9:38 am
We jus espect knockouts bro, every night.
KarmaAteMyCat- August 7, 2011 at 9:13 am
Yeah a lot of people don't understand what Ortiz did and they don't comprehend that this is a Tito who's been in the fight game for a very LONG FUCKING TIME. Now I'm not a nutthugger I don't ride anyones balls accept Cagepotatos(The Truth shall set you free) However last night Tito manned up he did that company a Solid. I mean honestly does anyone remember Tito had back surgery not even a year and a half ago? Dude has had nothing but health problems since his win over Ken shamrock back in the day. Imagine if he had a real camp instead of three guys in his Porn Palace Garage! People are gonna say mean and witty things all throughout this but Tito did a decent job and your right for about a second I did think it was gonna happen again if Tito had been able to close his guard I think he would have won that fight. Meh.
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