After a knee injury forced Phil Davis out of the UFC 133 main event against Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz has agreed to step in and rematch Evans in the new headliner of the August 6 pay-per-view event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
UFC President Dana White announced the matchup today via Twitter.
Ortiz (16-8-1) was originally offered the fight yesterday and turned it down, as did Lyoto Machida, but Mike Chiappetta of MMAFighting reported earlier today that “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was reconsidering the offer.
The former light heavyweight champion saved his UFC career earlier this month when he defeated Ryan Bader at UFC 132 via first-round submission in one of the biggest upsets of the year.
Evans (15-1-1) vs. Ortiz is a rematch of their first meeting at UFC 73 in July of 2007, a bout that ended in a unanimous draw as Ortiz was deducted a point in the second round for repeatedly grabbing the fence.
UFC 133 also features Rich Franklin vs. Antonio Rogerio Noguiera and Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama.