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Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida

Main Event | UFC Light Heavyweight Championship | 205 lbs

Mmaweekly large Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida
Mmaweekly large "Suga" Rashad Evans

Round 2

Lyoto Machida Rashad Evans

"The Dragon" "Suga"

14-0-0   Pro Record At Fight   13-0-1
Climbed to 15-0   Record After Fight   Fell to 13-1
-201 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +176 (Slight Underdog)
Challenger   Title   Champion
Br Brazil   Nationality   Us United States
Los Angeles, California   Fighting out of   Boca Raton, Florida
30 years, 11 months, 2 days   Age at Fight   29 years, 7 months
204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)
6'1" (186cm)   Height   6'0" (183cm)
74.0" (188cm)   Reach   75.0" (191cm)
Black House MMA   Gym   Blackzilians
UFC 98
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida
  • Date: Saturday 05.23.2009
  • Referee: Mario Yamasaki
  • Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 11 of 11)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Evans Total Disclosed Pay: $200,000
  • Machida Total Disclosed Pay: $200,000
  • Title on Line: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Evans
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Evans vs. Machida Wiki Update Wiki

The light heavyweight championship clash between Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida was one of the most memorable in the sport’s history. In fact, the fight itself was historic in that it represented the first time two undefeated fighters competed for a major world championship.

Although both men were undefeated heading into their title bout, Brazilian Karate expert Lyoto Machida was a slight favorite over the champion. Machida was expected to dance, stick and move, frustrating Evans into making a fatal mistake. On the flip side, some thought that Evans’s unique blend of wrestling and striking speed, combined with his ability to stay low and dart in and out, would allow him to keep up with the most elusive fighter in the game.

When the fight finally took place in May of 2009, Machida’s gameplan played out to a T. Throughout the first round, Evans barely managed to get any offense off on the elusive Machida. Machida, for his part, hurt Evans on two exchanges, dropping the champion with short, straight punches when the opportunity presented itself.

Heading into the second round, it was clear that Evans had to become the aggressor. Machida was too fast to time coming in, so Evans’s usual counter striking style was ineffective. After a lengthy period of range-finding from both fighters, Machida began to land at will. A straight left down the pipe started it all. Evans could not regain his equilibrium, and tried to stumble back out of the way.After dropping Evans yet again, this time at the edge of the cage, Machida attacked full bore.

Evans was forced up against the cage by the charging Brazilian and was eventually overcome in a firefight. As a disoriented Evans gamely swung, attempting to catch Machida with a knockout punch, he received an endless barrage of accurate straights to his face and chin. Machida separated himself from Evans against the cage, using the moment to create space, and then floored the champion with a picture-perfect left hand to the chin that send Evans literally flopping like a fish to the canvas, out cold.

With the victory, Machida became the Light Heavyweight Champion and the first fighter to defeat Rashad Evans. In the process, he notched one of the most exciting knockouts in MMA history.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:43 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

    Promo Video  |  "Let's Get It On - Evans vs Machida" Highlight Video by KahL-One report dead link

    KahL-One previews the UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout between Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans in this highlight video.

  • Highlight  |  "Evans vs. Machida" by Machinemen report dead link

    MMA video maker Machinemen looks at the championship fight featuring Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida, featuring footage from the fight.

  • Training  |  Lyoto Machida UFC 98 Training Video by BadBoy report dead link

    BadBoy brand shot this video of Lyoto Machida training for his bout with Rashad Evans at UFC 98.

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