MMA News: Evans v. Ortiz, Urijah Faber, Strikeforce, Thiago Alves

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Tito Ortiz discussed on why he chose to take the fight with Rashad Evans on short notice.

“I told Dana that I had a ton of business stuff to take care of with Punishment Athletics and my new Punishment Training Center and, after the Bader fight, really wanted to spend some family time…But I couldn’t stop thinking about the opportunity Dana had just offered me…I’ve got a great support system around me. They all supported me; so I called Dana back. He was a little surprised to hear from me. I asked if he’d managed to get another [replacement] for Rashad. He said no, and I said: ‘I know you need me, and I’m in. I am stepping up to fight Rashad – I’m going to beat him.’…For the last six years I’ve had problems with the UFC and now it is time for me to stop being the bad boy and help out when they need me. I’m really grateful to Dana, Lorenzo and also Rashad – because Rashad took this fight at just as short a notice as me and I appreciate him agreeing to the fight.”

Ummm, what? Who is this and what did he do with Tito Ortiz? All kidding aside, Ortiz seems to have finally got it straight. You scratch their back, they’ll scratch yours. He really doesn’t have anything to lose in this fight. If he loses, he was supposed to and he took it on short notice. Should he win, he’ll probably get a title shot. I wouldn’t argue against him getting one, but I personally would give him one more top guy. But Ortiz on the banner equals money. And we all know money talks. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but: War Tito!

UFC officials announced Thursday that a pair of former WEC Champions will square off at UFC 139 this November, as Urijah Faber will take on Brian Bowles in a bantamweight fight on the card. The winner likely getting the next title shot. This is a fantastic match up, and a fight I thought they would put together if they weren’t giving Faber an immediate rematch. This should be interesting come November. Bowles is a really good fighter, but Faber is great. I’ll be pulling for Faber, but won’t be upset if Bowles wins. is reporting that Strikeforce has added another bout to their September 10 event; Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante will meet undefeated Olympian Yoel Romero. I don’t think Romero should be fighting Cavalcante just yet. Cavalcante is one of the best 205 pounders in the world, Romero is a rookie. Probably won’t end well for the Olympian.

UFC officials announced that Danny Downes will take on The Ultimate Fighter 13 runner-up, Ramsey Nijem, in October on the UFC 137 card. Nijem got blasted by Ferguson on the TUF 13 Finale. If he can stay away from a bomb, he’ll probably be able to use his wrestling to squeak out a win.

According to multiple published reports, Thiago Alves will return to the cage this November at UFC 138 in England against UFC newcomer Papy Abedi. Alves is in a must-win situation. He probably won’t be fired if he loses, but he might be knocked back down to Fight Nights or Preliminary Cards. I doubt he loses, but this is fighting…anything is possible.