Tito Ortiz Thought He Had The Choke Against Rashad Evans

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

Close, but not close enough. That was the story for Tito Ortizt his past weekend at UFC 133.

Ortiz found himself with a tight guillotine choke locked in against Rashad Evans but was unable to seal the deal and Evans was able to escape the choke and took advantage of a winded Ortiz to stop him in the second round.

Ortiz talked about how close he felt he was to choking out Evans post fight:

“I had that choke and I was like, 'Oh, I got it!' I slipped to the kneebar and I was like, 'Oh, I got it!' Rashad was just a lot stronger than he was prior [in their first fight in 2007]. It showed that 14 months [of training] can really pay off. He took it seriously … and it showed tonight. He was the better man. I guess you you can't fight a number one contender with 2.5 weeks of training.”

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