Tonight, August 6th, two former UFC light heavyweight champions face off in a bout that might mean a title shot for the winner. Rashad Evans has been guaranteed a title shot if he beats Tito Ortiz tonight, but Ortiz will likely require another win to cement his amazing comeback run. The run began at UFC 132 when Ortiz shocked Ryan Bader, and the world, by submitting Bader in the first round. That was Ortiz' first win in the UFC since 2006.
Evans hasn't fought since UFC 114 in May of last year. He beat Quinton "Rampage" Jackson by decision and opted to wait for then champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua to recover from knee surgery rather than risking his title shot. That proved to be a fateful decision when Evans pulled up injured before UFC 128 in March of this year. His then-friend and teammate Jon Jones was given the title shot. Jones took full advantage and beat Shogun for the title.
Evans was to have been his first opponent, but Jones hurt his thumb and won't be fighting until UFC 135 in October. Evans opted to fight now, having learnt his lesson. He'd been set to face undefeated Phil Davis but Davis pulled up lame a couple of weeks ago and Ortiz took the bout on extremely short notice.
MMA Nation's Jonathan Snowden makes his prediction for the fight in the video below: