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UFC 133
UFC 133 Evans vs. Ortiz was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on August 6, 2011 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
Multiple fighters that were expected to fight at this event suffered injuries. This led to multiple fights, including championship bouts being called off as a result.
This event was expected to feature Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones' first title defense against former Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans. But a pre-existing injury in his right hand, which was expected to keep him sidelined until late 2011 delayed the fight. Not willing to wait, Evans accepted a fight against Phil Davis. However, Jones later found out that he would no longer require surgery and now is expected to make his first title defense against Quinton Jackson on September 24, 2011 at UFC 135.

On July 12, Phil Davis pulled out of his main event bout with Rashad Evans due to a knee injury suffered during training. Tito Ortiz was offered to step in as Davis' replacement but initially declined. Evans was rumored to face Lyoto Machida, in a rematch of their bout at UFC 98. Machida's camp verbally accepted the fight. However, when UFC President Dana White called Machida's camp again to confirm the fight, the camp said Machida would fight only if he received higher pay, which White declined. In the meanwhile, Tito Ortiz reconsidered the offer and replaced Davis.

Nick Pace was originally slated to take on Michael McDonald at this event, before McDonald was pulled to replace Norifumi Yamamoto for a UFC 130 bout with Chris Cariaso. Ivan Menjivar would later step in to face Pace at this event.

A bout between Featherweight Champion José Aldo and Chad Mendes was previously linked to this event. However, Aldo is expected to be out until October recovering from injuries while Mendes remained on the card and faced Rani Yahya.

Riki Fukuda was scheduled to face Rafael Natal, but was forced out of the bout due to a knee injury suffered sustained in a car accident and was replaced by Costantinos Philippou.

Vladimir Matyushenko was originally scheduled to face Alexander Gustafsson. Matyushenko, however, pulled out of the bout on July 13, 2011 due to an injury and was replaced by Matt Hamill.

Antônio Rogério Nogueira was expected to face Rich Franklin, but Nogueira pulled out of the bout on July 16, 2011, citing a shoulder injury. Franklin was then pulled from the card as well.

Jorge Rivera was originally scheduled to face Alessio Sakara. However, on July 25, Rivera announced that Sakara was no longer in the fight due to a torn ACL. The UFC announced that Costantinos Philippou would be pulled from his bout with Rafael Natal and instead faced Rivera. Natal faced Strikeforce and The Ultimate Fighter veteran, Paul Bradley.

UFC 133 featured two preliminary fights live on Spike TV.

On August 5th at the official weigh ins, Ivan Menjivar could not make the 136 pound weight allowance cut off. His opponent, Nick Pace, subsequently agreed to fight Menjivar in a 138 pound catchweight bout.
Preliminary card (Facebook)

Middleweight bout: Rafael Natal vs. Paul Bradley

Natal defeated Bradley via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28).

Featherweight bout: Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan

Brown defeated Phan via unanimous decision (29–27, 29–28, 29–28).

Welterweight bout: Johny Hendricks vs. Mike Pierce

Hendricks defeated Pierce via split decision (28–29, 29–28, 29–28).

Catchweight (138 lb) bout: Ivan Menjivar vs. States Nick Pace

Menjivar defeated Pace via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).

Preliminary card (televised)

Featherweight bout: Chad Mendes vs. Yahya

Mendes defeated Yahya via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).

Light Heavyweight bout: Matt Hamill vs. Alexander Gustafsson

Gustafsson defeated Hamill via TKO (punches and elbows) at 3:34 of round 2.

Main card

Welterweight bout : Rory MacDonald vs. Mike Pyle

MacDonald defeated Pyle via TKO (punches) at 3:54 of round 1.

Middleweight bout: Jorge Rivera vs. Constantinos Philippou

Philippou defeated Rivera via split decision (28–29, 29–28, 29–28).

Welterweight bout: Brian Ebersole vs. Dennis Hallman

Ebersole defeated Hallman via TKO (elbows) at 4:28 of round 1.

Middleweight bout: Vitor Belfort vs Yoshihiro Akiyama

Belfort defeated Akiyama via KO (punches) at 1:52 of round 1.

Light Heavyweight bout: Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz

Evans defeated Ortiz via TKO (knee & punches) at 4:48 of round 2.

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