What an interesting turn of events we have seen over the past few weeks regarding UFC 133. Injuries have seen many of the originally scheduled bouts either changed or scrapped altogether. One man stepped up big time to help bail the organization out of a huge jam; that man*is Tito Ortiz, the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion who reigned supreme for over three years.*
As stated by Phil Davis in a tweet to*Ortiz, they have for basically traded places with one another. Davis filled in for Ortiz against Antonio Rogerio Noguiera back in March for UFC Fight Night 24. Now we see Ortiz returning the favor for an injured Davis against the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans tomorrow night in Philadelphia for UFC 133's the main event.
Other fighters who were injured include current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, who was scheduled to make his first defense against Evans. Unfortunately Jones was forced to pull out due to an injured finger which at the time was thought to have required surgery, but luckily did not.
Evans decided to take on Davis because he had been inactive since defeating another former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson who coincidentally is taking on Jones at UFC 135 in September.
Jose Aldo was going to defend his UFC Featherweight Championship for the second time against the undefeated Chad Mendes, but Aldo pulled out to recover from some nagging injuries. Mendes decided to remain on the card and will now face Rani Yaha.
Vladimir Matyushenko was all set to take on Alexander Gustafsson in an attempt to win his third fight in a row, but alas it was not meant to be as he was injured and replaced by Matt Hamill.
The aforementioned Noguiera had his sights set on former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin in a bout to be contested at 205 lbs., but "Lil Nog" suffered a shoulder injury and is off the card. Franklin chose to remove himself off the card rather than face a replacement on short notice or take on a fighter with little or no name recognition.
For a third time a middleweight bout between Jorge Rivera and Alessio Sakara has been scrapped because of a torn ACL suffered by Sakara. Now Rivera will face Costantinos Philippou, who was removed from his fight with Rafael Natal. Paul Bradley is brought in to face Natal on short notice.
Last but not least, Nick Pace was scheduled to face Michael McDonald, but McDonald is going to replace Norifumi Yamamoto against Chris Cariaso at UFC 130. Ivan Menjivar will now face Pace tomorrow night.
Wow, if that isn't enough to leave your head spinning then I don't know what would do the job. Let's move forward and take a look at who's on the hot seat...