Saturday, November 27, 2021

UFC 98 RESULTS: Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida (LHW Title)


Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida
Round 1
The first 80 seconds unfold as a flinch and dance contest. Rashad whiffs on the first strike of the fight: a low kick missed by at least a foot. We’re half way through the first round and Rashad misses long on a right hand lead. Machida has a body kick blocked and the flinchfest continues. Machida drops Evans with a left to the chin. Evans stands and Machida kicks at the legs and moves away from a Rashad right hook.

Jordan Breen scores the round: 10-9 Machida
TJ De Santis scores the round: 10-9 Machida
Mike Fridley scores the round: 10-9 Machida

Round 2
Machida clinches as Evans moves forward and nearly gets a trip. Evans uses the cage with his back to stay on his feet. Machida exits the clinch and narrowly avoids a right uppercut from the champion. A lull in the action is broke by a fast punching exchange with both fighters landing. Lots of footwork from both fighters follow. Evans lands a kick to the body. Machida rocks Evans with a straight left hand. Machida swarps with punches and Evans can’t get back to his feet. Evans is getting teed off on and he gets to his feet. Machida rushes him to the cage and unloads with a left hook. A right follows and then a left hook on the chin that puts Evans to sleep at 3:57 of the second.

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