I’m really loving life right now. I honestly think being positive is a choice, and now that I’m getting to compete healthy I remind myself I’ve got the best job in the world, a great family and there’s nothing to be negative about… Now the serious stuff starts and I’m in a great frame of mind to go into battle. I’m ready to look Rashad Evans in the eye at the news conference, at the weigh-in and in the Octagon and win another big fight. I’ve been putting in the time sparring, lifting, and exploding in the gym. I’m ready…I think that level of confidence is something Rashad is intimidated by. He’s a guy who just sat out for 14 months, turning down fights because he doesn’t have the confidence to take a risk on himself winning in the Octagon. I think he’s got a lot of fear in his heart. Rashad lost to me the first time in 2007. Now he’s got to win this fight to keep something he already won — a UFC title shot. That’s a lot of pressure, and I said last week on this blog that I don’t know if he can handle that … and the way he blew up in that interview kinda shows me he’s not handling that pressure too well.
— Tito Ortiz blogging for ESPN.com about his fight against Rashad Evans this weekend at UFC 133
Tito Ortiz’s confidence seems to be at an all-time high, which, you know, is like really high. Whether that translates into a victory on Saturday night remains to be seen, but Tito does seem to have all the momentum in this one. I’m not convinced that will be enough to get past Rashad, ring-rusty or not, but it should make for a competitive fight on Saturday night.
On a side note, Tito also mentioned in his blog that he’d like to fight Dan Henderson at some point and Fedor Emelianenko is not one of the all-time greats because he never fought in the UFC. His reasoning: All PRIDE fighters “got stomped” in the UFC.
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