Rashad EvansWhen that will happen exactly is anybody’s guess at this point. Steve Cofield recently caught up with the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion to get his thoughts on a potential match up with Lyoto Machida, which should take place sometime in 2009 if Rampage Jackson doesn’t spoil the party.

He looked good [against Thiago Silva]. He’s going to be tough to beat — Machida is tough. Machida is clever man, that dude is tough. He ain’t got me worried. I’m not scared. I have a lot of respect for him, but I’m going to win…. I’m going to have fun with it.

Before this fight can take place, however, both competitors will be keenly eying the match-up between Quinton Jackson and Keith Jardine, which is set to go down at UFC 96. Should Rampage emerge victorious, the UFC has him penciled in to challenge for Evans’ belt before Machida.

As is always the case in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, there is no shortage of fantastic options for matchmaker Joe Silva. Lyoto Machida has been on the outside looking in for far too long now in this division, and his time has rightfully come to fight for the title.

If no one is able to figure out this karate master in the near future, we may see a new reign in this division that could continue for quite some time.