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dbreiden83080
03-17-2009, 07:28 PM
http://mma.fanhouse.com/2009/03/13/lyoto-machida-a-heavy-favorite-over-rashad-evans-at-ufc-98/

"When Rashad Evans makes his first defense of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's light heavyweight title at UFC 98, he'll be a big underdog to challenger Lyoto Machida.

BestFightOdds.com lists three different sports books taking odds on Evans vs. Machida, and they all have Machida as at least a -200 favorite.

It's rare for an undefeated champion like Evans to be an underdog, but then again it's rare for an undefeated champion to be taking on an opponent like Machida, who isn't just undefeated but has used his elusive style to frustrate opponents and win all his fights rather easily"

Sounds right, Machida has not shown any real weakness yet and he has the style to beat really anyone..

Another article here

Evans-Machida will deliver

By Franklin McNeil


http://sports.espn.go.com/extra/mma/news/story?id=3973210

"Who's next?" Rashad Evans will defend his UFC title against Lyoto Machida on May 23.

UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans isn't a popular fighter. Whenever he steps into the Octagon or his image is shown on the big screen at fights, fans in attendance serenade him with boos.

He's viewed as arrogant and disrespectful, and those who dislike Evans (13-0-1) would like nothing more than to see him beaten to a pulp in the cage.



Thus far, no one has been able to accomplish that feat.
Chuck Liddell was supposed to be the guy who finally knocked the confidence out of Evans, but he was put to sleep in two rounds. Defending champion Forrest Griffin grabbed an early lead before being victimized by an Evans right and getting pounded out in the third.



Evans' haters have been frustrated by his knack for weathering early storms and walking away victorious. Despite their ongoing frustration, the haters have found solace in knowing the light heavyweight division is stacked with fighters capable of dethroning Evans.

Love him or hate him, Rashad Evans has fans buzzing with a pair of KO victories over two of MMA's most recognizable stars.Those hopes were revived when former 205-pound champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson knocked out Wanderlei Silva at UFC 92 in December. Jackson, a tough-talking, aggressive power puncher, was believed to be just the guy for the job. And he was the No. 1-ranked contender.


But those expectations took a bit of a hit Saturday when Jackson struggled en route to a unanimous decision over Keith Jardine. Jackson overtrained for the fight and it showed.

It was clear he needed time to heal and fully prepare for Evans, so when word came that the title bout had been moved up -- from July 11 to May 23 -- Jackson decided yesterday to bow out. It was a wise decision.

More importantly, the decision has infused Evans' haters with a level of hope they've never experienced. Replacing Jackson at UFC 98 is the man many already consider the best light heavyweight in the world: Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida.

"I'm excited to fight Rashad; he's a very tough opponent, and this is the biggest fight of my life," Machida said. "This has been a long road, and I'm going to give my everything. I'm fighting to become UFC light heavyweight champion."

A black belt in both Shotokan karate and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Machida possesses an unorthodox fighting style that has yet to be figured out. He is undefeated and has made winning fights look easy. Machida's victims include Rich Franklin, Stephan Bonnar, B.J. Penn, Thiago Silva and Tito Ortiz.

While Machida (14-0-0) isn't regarded as a heavy hitter, his most recent win -- a first-round knockout of Thiago Silva in January -- has raised expectations that he will not only beat Evans, but knock him out or submit him. Though he and Evans are counterpunchers, there is a good chance this fight won't go the distance.

"This is a fight that may go long, but somebody is going to get finished," Machida's manager Ed Soares told ESPN.com. "Let's say Machida is up three rounds or Rashad is up three rounds, they're not going to let it go to a decision, dude.

"Both of those guys want to win that belt. They're not going to leave it up to the judges, so one of them is going to press the pace. I don't believe this fight is going the distance. These guys want it too much."


But an action-packed fight slightly favors Evans. He is the harder puncher and has quicker hands.

Besides, it's not yet clear how well Machida takes a punch. If his chin isn't solid and Evans lands a big overhand right, Machida will get knocked out.

Thiago Silva entered the Octagon with the wrong gameplan against Lyoto Machida and paid the price.However, Machida has demonstrated an ability to handle aggressive fighters and has a decent punch of his own. Machida also has solid kicks and a good ground game -- he has submission skills.

He's adroit at mixing up his attack, especially when opponents come at him aggressively. Silva opted for that approach and paid a heavy price. Evans promises to avoid that mistake and many others made by Silva.

"There are a lot of things [Silva] did against Machida that I won't do," Evans told ESPN.com. "Mainly, when I'm on the ground I wouldn't be so relaxed; I won't just lay there like he did.

"He underestimated Machida's ability to close the distance and his ground and pound. There are a lot of mistakes he made that I probably won't make."

One mistake Evans has already avoided is returning to the cage too quickly. He requested additional time to heal before making his first title defense.

Going into this fight Evans feels in tip-top condition. He believes this fight couldn't have come at a better time.

"I'm ready to go physically, but more important, I'm ready mentally," Evans said. "Sometimes after a fight you kind of need a second to get that thing back that makes you want to fight in the first place.

"It's a hunger; it's like an itch that needs to be scratched. Once you get it scratched it doesn't itch for a while. That's how it is with fighting. I didn't have that itch back, but once I got that itch, now I'm ready to fight. I call it my medicine. I have to get my medicine and I'll be good.

"I already have my training partners in place for Machida; the partners who can give me the best look for Machida. We're going to put a good game plan together and stop this guy."

One thing is certain: this won't be the cat-and-mouse contest usually displayed by two counterpunchers. There are too many variables that suggest this fight will end early.

Evans-Machida has the makings of a classic. This fight won't go the distance"

djohn14
03-17-2009, 07:39 PM
Go Rashad!

TheTruth
03-17-2009, 07:40 PM
It's going to be a fun fight for sure. I'm a big Evans' fan (probably one of the only ones), and I think he'll knock Machida out. If it goes the distance Lyoto wins.

dbreiden83080
03-17-2009, 08:02 PM
It's going to be a fun fight for sure. I'm a big Evans' fan (probably one of the only ones), and I think he'll knock Machida out. If it goes the distance Lyoto wins.

We'll see if Evans tries to get out of the gate quicker. HE was down 0-2 with Forrest before he got the KO. Lost the first to Chuck as well. He is a notorious slow starter, he would have been down to Tito heading into the 3rd RD, if Tito didn't lose a pt for grabbing the fence... But i agree, KO Evans likely wins, decision Lyoto will get it..

Evan
03-17-2009, 08:03 PM
Going to be an insane battle but Lyoto wins via kick combo and cardio.

dbreiden83080
03-17-2009, 08:11 PM
Going to be an insane battle but Lyoto wins via kick combo and cardio.

What do you think Evan? Once Lyoto gets the strap it's going to be a nightmare getting it away for him. Before the Jardine fight i thought Page could beat him, i'm much less confident of that now..

djohn14
03-17-2009, 08:26 PM
Evan...just so you know I will NEVER underestimate Lyoto again. haha

Evan
03-17-2009, 08:52 PM
What do you think Evan? Once Lyoto gets the strap it's going to be a nightmare getting it away for him. ..

Mark my words...

Rashad will do something stupid and Lyoto will capitalize on it like a pack of wolves.


Evan...just so you know I will NEVER underestimate Lyoto again. haha

He's a brilliant fighter...its a pleasure to watch him.

dbreiden83080
03-17-2009, 09:00 PM
Mark my words...

Rashad will do something stupid and Lyoto will capitalize on it like a pack of wolves.



He's a brilliant fighter...its a pleasure to watch him.

I'm starting to come around on him, looks like you were ahead of the curve with him..

djohn14
03-17-2009, 09:28 PM
Well, you get Lyoto...but I clearly called Jon Jones before anyone else here...before his fight with Andre Gusmao!

Evan
03-17-2009, 09:29 PM
I was dead on about Machica & Carwin but whiffed badly on Sam Stout but he still has time.

Evan
03-17-2009, 09:31 PM
Well, you get Lyoto...but I clearly called Jon Jones

that you did.... I remember having to look him up on youtube to figure out who he was after you mentioned him.

djohn14
03-17-2009, 09:34 PM
He still has some work to do, but damn he is so very talented.

dbreiden83080
03-17-2009, 09:36 PM
If Machida wins in impressive fashion over Evans and then gets by Page, he may have a huge run with the title. I love Page but man he is getting too one dimensional in there. His last 3 fights, Forrest, Wandy and Jardine, he basically swung for the fences in all 3. He's got to bring more than that against Machida if they meet..

djohn14
03-17-2009, 09:37 PM
I also believe that if the same Rampage that showed up against said last three fights, Machida would pick him apart.

Evan
03-17-2009, 09:39 PM
I think Machida will have an easier time with Rampage than Rashad...Rashad has that freaky style that makes him hard to fight.

tlongII
03-17-2009, 11:08 PM
Rashad will win by KO. He has too much power for anyone in the division right now. As soon as he catches Machida with a good shot it's over.

desflood
03-18-2009, 08:42 AM
Machida is going to end up like Anderson Silva and (hopefully) GSP. He's the next step in the evolution of the mma fighter . He'll win the title and the only way to get it from him will be either his retirement, old age or death. That's how it should be with Penn at 155 also, but he's got too many mental weaknesses to be classified with the others.

ATRAIN
03-18-2009, 08:53 AM
Shad will fall to Machida.


Cant wait for this fight.

dbreiden83080
03-18-2009, 09:54 AM
Rashad will win by KO. He has too much power for anyone in the division right now. As soon as he catches Machida with a good shot it's over.

Evans may have as much power but no way does he have more than Rampage.. The key for Evans is start fast i think here. You can only start slow and give away rounds so many times..