Friday, August 19, 2011

UFC 133 postfight: Special bonus, Vitor wants Silva and Evans can?t wait to face ?cocky? Jones

-- UFC 133 drew 11,583 to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. That was good for a $1.5 million gate. The solid gate allowed the UFC to pay out $70,000 bonuses. Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans got Fight of the Night, and Vitor Belfort got Knockout of the Night. Brian Ebersole got a special bonus for beating Dennis Hallman and his awful blue Speedos.

-- Evans had no problem admitting he wants Jon Jones next. Jones defends the UFC light heavyweight title against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in Denver at UFC 135. Why you ask? Jones is cocky.

"I would prefer to get [the title] from Jones. I would love to be the first one to beat him," Evans said. "You know, he's so cocky. He's for real cocky. I'm like on camera, joking around cocky. He's going to sleep, praising himself cocky. That's how cocky he is."

-- Evans was wearing a cast on his right hand as a result of what he called a jammed thumb. In the first round, he delivered an overhand right to Ortiz's head and felt it pop. It wasn't painful, but Evans thought it might be dislocated.

-- Belfort said his goal is to get another title shot against UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva suggesting that "The Spider's" nasty front kick knockout at UFC 126 only saved him from impending doom.

"If he didn't throw that kick, this would've happened to him. He knows that," Belfort said. "I would like to fight the winner of Okami and Anderson."

-- White thinks Belfort could turn around quickly if necessary. He agrees that Ortiz now needs a break. Tito countered by saying he wants to fight before the end of 2011.

-- Ortiz gave credit to Evans' submission defense saying he was very technical in getting out of trouble from a second-round guillotine choke attempt.

"I thought it was close for about a 10th of a second, then Rashad pushed my knee down and I was like 'damn.' I made a mistake and kept my elbow up a little high," Ortiz explained. "I teach my kids in my submission class at Punishment Training Center how to drop your elbow down and Rashad must've been working on that."

Evans admitted he'd put in work with his jiu-jitsu coach in Florida along with Renzo Gracie in New York.

"As soon as he grabbed me, I just put my head to the floor as hard as I could and I put my shoulder into him. So then I pushed his knee down and started working on his hands," said Evans.

-- Evans said there will be no more breaks during his career if he can control it. Evans was set to face Mauricio "Shogun" Rua for the title in the fall of 2010. When Rua went down with a knee injury, Evans elected to wait. Then he got hurt right before the March 2011 matchup and saw Jones step in front of the line. Jones went on to�win the title and Evans didn't fight for 14 months.

"I just want to fight and I miss fighting so much that when it's my time to fight, I'm going to fight. I'm not going to be waiting to fight anymore. I'm 31 years old," Evans said. "I want to do some things. If I'm the best, I'm the best."


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