MMA News: Tito Ortiz v. Rashad Evans, Penn v. Condit, Bellator

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The roller-coaster of opponents for Rashad Evans has finally stopped. Lyoto Machida had been approached to replace Phil Davis at UFC 133, but Dana White told Mauro Ranallo that Machida asked for “Anderson Silva money” to take the fight. That wasn’t granted so he turned it down.

White then posted on Twitter that even though Tito Ortiz initially turned down the chance to rematch Evans, he has now stepped up to the plate on short notice, and will take on Evans in the UFC 133 main event. Tito’s original refusal was a power play, make no mistake about it. Ortiz might be a lot of things, but when it comes to business, he’s on point. Sure, it’s a quick turnaround from fighting Ryan Bader a few weeks ago, but he took no damage during that victory. I’m sure he got some more money to step up to fight Evans.

Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard told that now that Nate Marquardt’s suspension has been lifted, he wants to fight him. “I want to show everybody what I’m capable of doing. I just want to fight that guy bad. Ben Askren said it all. I think [Marquardt] is a cheater, but [against] me, he can take all the drugs he wants. I’m going to whoop his ass anyway.” I guess everyone wants to fight Marquardt now that he’s out of the UFC. And could Lombard beat him? Yeah. Lombard is a beast. But Marquardt will not be a pushover, should he sign on to fight for Bellator.

According to a report from Mike Chiappetta of, the UFC is targeting a welterweight fight between BJ Penn and Carlos Condit instead of Penn vs. Fitch 2, and the fight could come at UFC 137 in October. Honestly, I rather see this fight over Penn/Fitch 2. Penn won the first two rounds in their first fight and Fitch just laid on him in the third. In my eyes, Penn already beat Fitch.

Ariel Helwani of is reporting that Reagan Penn, younger brother of “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn, will make his MMA debut on the ProElite card on August 27. He’s going to have a lot of pressure to live up to the Penn name. He’s got a phenomenal ground game already in place. If he learned anything in the striking department from BJ, he’ll do just fine.

According to a report from, Mirko “Cro Cop” stated that he’ll be facing off against Roy “Big Country” Nelson at UFC 137 in October. Roy Nelson’s manager confirmed the bout with USAToday. Winner keeps his job. Loser, not so much.