Something left on UFC 133 card after injury run

Rashad Evans.
JON KOPALOFF/FILMMAGIC

Booking bouts for a high-profile event like Saturday’s UFC 133 in Philadelphia is simple.
Actually having both fighters step into the ring? That’s another story entirely.

This weekend’s pay-per-view card was supposed to include Jon?Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Rashad Evans, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira facing Rich Franklin and Vladimir Matyushenko fighting Alex Gustafsson.

Due to an uncanny spate of injuries, none of those bouts will actually take place.

“It wasn’t difficult putting [the fight card] together,” UFC president Dana White said at Thursday’s prefight news conference. “It was difficult keeping it together.”

Instead of a title shot against Jones, Evans will be meeting last-minute fill-in Tito Ortiz. Both are former light heavyweight champions; White said Thursday that Evans will definitely receive a title shot with a win, though the resurgent Ortiz would likely have more work to do.

Evans and Ortiz met at UFC 73 in 2007.?That fight ended in a draw after Ortiz was docked a point for grabbing the cage.

Thursday, both emphasized the differences in their current styles, as compared to that bout.
“I’m a different person mentally, physically, emotionally,” Ortiz said. “I’m everything I?always wanted to be, for myself and for the UFC.”

Evans blamed a weak performance in his first go-round with?Ortiz on a lack of experience.
He’s been in six fights — five wins — since UFC 73, though injuries to himself and opponents have kept him out of the ring since beating Rampage Jackson in May 2010.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.