Some crazy twists and turns in the Bisping-Hamill-Ortiz-Evans saga have come about over the past few days. Upon fighting to a draw at UFC 73, it was projected that Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans would have an immediate rematch. Likewise, after winning a highly debatable split decision over Matt Hamill at UFC 75, Michael Bisping was expected to have an immediate rematch with Hamill. Well it seems like neither will happen anytime soon after Wednesday’s official announcement that Bisping vs. Evans will be the main event at UFC 78: Validation.
So how exactly did we get to Bisping vs. Evans? Here’s the latest on the whole situation.
Tito Ortiz Declines Rematch with Evans:
According to Tito Ortiz, he is currently injured and refuses to fight unless he is at 100%. Tito says he is fed up with fighting while injured only to give lesser fighters an opportunity to look impressive. Ortiz, a regular poster on the Underground Forums, had the following to say,
“Getting in shape. I’m doing rehab for my injurys. I’m sick of fight 75%. I’m trying to pay my bills injured and making guys like evans and forrest look good. I can’t do it anymore. I’m going to take some time to take care of myself. Everyone wants the old Tito back and I’m going to give it to them.”
Judging from his statements, it is probably fair to assume that we won’t be seeing Tito Ortiz fight Dan Henderson in the near future as speculated by fans on the internet.
Michael Bisping thinks we’re Fickle:
When Tito Ortiz declined to fight Evans, the UFC likely then offered the fight to Michael Bisping. Fans, and Matt Hamill himself have questioned why Bisping was so quick to accept a fight with Evans, knowing well that him and Hamill still had unfinished business. In a recent article by Stash Capar, Bisping explains to The Fight Network that he felt like he had something to prove after a poor showing UFC 75, so he wanted to step back into the Octagon as soon as possible. Since Hamill was expected to be sidelined due to knee surgery, Bisping jumped at the opportunity to fight Rashad Evans instead. As Bisping states,
“I just want to get back in there. I know some people didn’t like what they saw. MMA fans, especially Internet MMA fans, are fickle; they jump from one fighter to the next and this is my chance to prove myself again.”