PHILADELPHIA -- So much for the long layoff for Rashad Evans and so much for the career resurgence of Tito Ortiz.
Evans thoroughly dominated Ortiz with his striking to win their light heavyweight fight at UFC 133 by TKO with 12 seconds left in the second round.
Evans last fought in May 2010. Since then, he waited for Mauricio "Shogun" Rua to get healthy to defend his title against him, then got hurt training for the Rua bout, then watched teammate Jon Jones beat Rua for the title, then got the title shot against Jones who then got hurt and couldn't be ready in time, then got paired up against Phil Davis who got hurt and was replaced by Ortiz. Whew, got all that?
"In life you have setbacks, and those are the things that test your hopes," Evans said.
Evans and Ortiz exchanged punches midway through the first round with Evans getting the better of it. In the final minute, Evans picked up Ortiz, slammed him to the canvas and launched into a furious ground and pound to close out the round.
In the second round, Ortiz had a guillotine choke hold but both Evans and Ortiz were too slippery to keep it locked in after about 20 seconds.
Ortiz never could get off the cage after that as Evans controlled his body and kept him pinned down. The finishing blow an Evans knee to Ortiz's face and head. Ortiz (17-9-1), who hadn't won a fight in nearly five years until beating Ryan Bader at UFC 132 five weeks ago, fell over and absorbed a few more punches from Evans until referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the bout.
Where Ortiz goes from here in the UFC is unclear. But seeing how he took this fight as a replacement for the injured Phil Davis on three weeks' notice, he'll likely get another bout.
For Evans (21-1-1), he's in line for the title shot against the Jon Jones-Rampage Jackson winner.
"I want to get at Jon Jones and I want my belt back," Evans said. "Whether he has it or Rampage has it, I'm getting that belt."