UFC 98 “Evans vs Machida” took place earlier this evening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the night’s main event, Rashad Evans put his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on the line against Lyoto Machida.
In the co-main event, Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally met in the cage to settle their long-standing grudge.
Professor X stepped in on short notice to take on Drew McFedries.
Chael Sonnen looked to rebound from a loss in his UFC debut with a victory over Dan Miller.
Sean Sherk looked to get back into the UFC lightweight title picture with a win over Frankie Edgar.
Results and wrap-up after the jump.
- Lyoto Machida defeats Rashad Evans via Knockout in Round Two
- Matt Hughes defeats Matt Serra via Unanimous Decision
- Drew McFedries defeats Xavier Foupas-Pokam via TKO in Round One
- Chael Sonnen defeats Dan Miller via Unanimous Decision
- Frank Edgar defeats Sean Sherk via Unanimous Decision
- Brock Larson defeats Mike Pyle via Submission (Arm Triangle) in Round One
- Tim Hague defeats Pat Barry via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Kyle Bradley defeats Phillipe Nover via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Krzysztof Soszynski defeats Andre Gusmao via Knockout in Round One
- Yoshiyuki Yoshida defeats Brandon Wolff via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- George Roop defeats Dave Kaplan via Split Decision
Sean Sherk vs. Frank Edgar: Sean Sherk may have taken all the criticism that he’s a boring lay-n-pray fighter to heart a little too much. For the first two rounds, Sherk was intent on boxing Frankie Edgar and it just wasn’t working for him. Edgar was everywhere, attacking from all angles, mixing up his strikes and staying out of danger while Sherk basically stood in right front of him flat footed with his same predictable attack. Sherk finally decided to go for the takedown in the third, but it didn’t do him much good as Edgar was able stand right back up from one of them and stuff the others. Huge feather in Edgar’s cap.
Chael Sonnen vs. Dan Miller: The extreme weight cut Chael Sonnen went through to make this fight didn’t seem to affect him in the least bit. Beside a few close calls getting caught in a few submission attempts, this fight was all Sonnen with his wrestling and ground-n-pound. Solid win for Sonnen, but I don’t think it will leave anyone waiting anxiously for his next fight. In other words, it was pretty boring.
Xavier Foupas-Pokam vs. Drew McFedries: Holy smokes, you don’t want to get punched by Drew McFedries. Professor X did, and he got knocked silly. Three solid punches was all it took for Drew to get the win in 37 seconds. There’s likely going to be a debate over whether it was an early stoppage or not. I wouldn’t necessarily disagree that it was–X was still trying to take him down–but I don’t think it’s worth making a big deal over. Prof. X got clocked and Yves Lavigne thought he needed to step to protect him. Can’t really blame him for that in this instance.
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Andre Gusmao: Gusmao’s capoeira style may be pretty, but it wasn’t too effective in this fight. He landed a few, but his defense was wide open and Soszynski landed the right sending Gusmao to the mat unconscious.
Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra: Fight started out great. Serra came out ready to bang and seemed to land a big shot (turned out to be an inadvertent headbutt) putting Hughes in trouble. Hughes was able to hang on though and came on strong late in the first taking his back threatening with the rear naked choke. The second round was rather dull with Hughes controlling the entire round on top of Serra. The third was more of the same until about halfway through. Serra came on strong but not enough to sway the judges who gave the decision to Hughes. Pretty good fight, but needed two more rounds. Good to see Hughes and Serra hug it out though. Apparently, they beat all the animosity out of each other.
Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida: Wow, a fight actually went like I thought it would. Rather long feeling out process in the first round with one meaningful exchange which Machida got the best of. The frequency of short exchanges picked up in the second until late when Machida landed a straight left putting Evans in trouble. Machida swarmed on him, got him against the cage and let loose putting Rashad’s lights out. What a great win for Machida. He was never in any trouble in the fight and proved his unique style is superior to everyone he has faced. Everytime I watch him fight, I’ve liked him more and more, and after his performance tonight, I think I can finally call myself a fan. Machida’s title reign begins…Is there any light heavyweight out there that can beat him?
Submission of the Night: Brock Larson
Knockout of the Night: Lyoto Machida
Fight of the Night: Matt Hughes and Matt Serra
Bonus info courtesy of MMA
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $3.26 million
Live gate courtesy of MMA Weekly