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5 UFC 133 fights that intrigue us

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, left

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, left and Tito Oritz square off during a news conference for UFC 133 in Philadelphia. (Aug. 4, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

The much re-shuffled fight card for UFC 133 in Philadelphia this Saturday features 11 bouts, and between Facebook, Spike and pay-per-view, you can watch all of them. These are the five bouts that intrique us the most, in countdown order.

5) Constantinos Philippou vs. Jorge Rivera

This is purely based on geography. Philippou is from Long Island by way of Cyprus and trains with Ray Longo in Garden City.

4) Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

It's the co-main event, thanks to injuries and card re-shuffling. As for its interest, eh. Yes, we all know Belfort has "the fastest hands in MMA" and that Akiyama was a stud in Japan. This may wind up being an exciting knockout, but beforehand, it's not all that.

3) Chad Mendes vs. Rani Yahya

The little guys always make it exciting in the cage, and here's a chance for the undefeated Mendes (10-0) to stake his claim as the next featherweight contender to champion Jose Aldo.

2) Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan

Sure, this is a prelim bout, and an early one at that. But to see how far former WEC featherweight champion Brown has fallen is fascinating. Even more fascinating is whether or not he can pull himself back into the mix.

1) Tito Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans

What a crazy trip it's been the past year and change for these two fighter. From no fights to pulling out of fights because of injury to turning down fights because the other guy was injured. Finally, after 14 months away from the cage, Evans returns to fighting -- and it's still not for the title. Ortiz returns on short notice after submitting Ryan Bader five weeks ago at UFC 132. The winner here could actually get a title shot against the Jon Jones-Quinton "Rampage" Jackson winner in September.

 

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