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TheConcretekid
03-11-2009, 09:17 PM
Rampage turned down the opportunity to challenge Rashad Evans for the title at UFC 98 due to the short turnaround and his lingering injuries.

A championship battle of undefeated light heavyweights is slated to headline UFC 98, SI.com (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/mma/03/11/evans.machida/index.html?eref=T1) has confirmed. Rashad Evans (13-0-1) will defend his UFC belt May 23 against Lyoto Machida (14-0).

Evans-Machida is the third planned main event for the MGM Grand Garden Arena-hosted card in Las Vegas. UFC heavyweight titleholders Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar were originally scheduled to make the title whole, but Mir bowed out late last week after injuring his knee while training.

The UFC quickly scrapped the anticipated rematch in favor of Evans' first fight since he stopped Forrest Griffin to take the 205-pound title last December. Following his decision win Saturday over Keith Jardine, former UFC champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was offered the first crack at Evans. Though he was left off Ohio's list of medically suspended fighters stemming from the March 7 card in Columbus, a short turnaround for what would have been Jackson's third fight in five months is believed to be his justification for declining the fight.


In addition to the five-round title bout, which was finalized Tuesday evening, the pay-per-view card features welterweight rivals Matt Hughes and Matt Serra; Yushin Okami against up-and-coming middleweight Dan Miller; and grapple-happy lightweights Sean Sherk and Frank Edgar.


I'm kinda definitely more excited for literally any of the other fights than I am the headline

Crisco
03-11-2009, 09:19 PM
I'm more excited to see Machida fight Evans then Rampage to be honest.

Moose
03-11-2009, 09:24 PM
Yes!

Let's see Sugar this guy diabetes!

matthughesfan21
03-11-2009, 09:29 PM
I'm more excited to see Machida fight Evans then Rampage to be honest.agreed

TheConcretekid
03-11-2009, 09:35 PM
It may not need to be said, but...

I'm more excited to see Hughes beat Serra mercilessly.

Llamafighter
03-11-2009, 09:51 PM
Man that is going to be a great card!!!
I don't blame Rampage for taking the time off.
Evans is going to lose.
Serra is going to get DESTROYED!

Hughes_GOAT
03-11-2009, 10:08 PM
Machida via TKO 3rd round

F34R
03-11-2009, 11:49 PM
Page = Scared
Machida = Lose
Rashad = Undefeated

Irish Pride
03-11-2009, 11:50 PM
YES YES YES YES YES!!!! I can't WAIT!! :D

Llamafighter
03-11-2009, 11:51 PM
Page = Scared
Machida = Lose
Rashad = Undefeated

Hahahaha!

no chance!

rockdawg21
03-12-2009, 12:22 AM
That's a heck of a card! 4, in my opinion, big fights!

Jonlion
03-12-2009, 12:25 AM
There is no way Rampage is scared!!!!!

He has fought tougher and scarier men than Rashad Evans!

Tyburn
03-12-2009, 12:52 AM
:mellow: ohh great, another snoozer :sad:

TheConcretekid
03-12-2009, 01:07 AM
:mellow: ohh great, another snoozer :sad:
:blink: :scared0015: :huh: :scared0011:

I hope that was some dry British humor

rockdawg21
03-12-2009, 01:16 AM
:mellow: ohh great, another snoozer :sad:
Don't worry, I'm already going to write Dana to put Bisping on the card.

Hughes_GOAT
03-12-2009, 01:57 AM
Evans knows he can't beat Machida...he's the next step in the evolution of MMA.

Llamafighter
03-12-2009, 02:37 AM
Evans knows he can't beat Machida...he's the next step in the evolution of MMA.

I wonder if Evans will "get hurt" in the next month

Hughes_GOAT
03-12-2009, 02:40 AM
I wonder if Evans will "get hurt" in the next month

well, he'll get hurt when they fight :laugh:

so i guess it's up to Evans on whether he gets hurt once or twice.

Tyburn
03-12-2009, 02:57 AM
:blink: :scared0015: :huh: :scared0011:

I hope that was some dry British humor

You guys have such dirty minds

I'm innocent, I sware :laugh:

is that Machida in Ques Siggie :ashamed:

:laugh: :rolleyes: :laugh:

atomdanger
03-12-2009, 03:09 AM
Evans knows he can't beat Machida...he's the next step in the evolution of MMA.

I hope not.

Two machida's fighting each other would get very very boring.

Hughes_GOAT
03-12-2009, 03:22 AM
I hope not.

Two machida's fighting each other would get very very boring.

there is only 1 Machida :cool:

bj44
03-12-2009, 03:41 AM
Machida is overratted, rashad will take him down and beat him up.

Hughes_GOAT
03-12-2009, 03:47 AM
Machida is overratted, rashad will take him down and beat him up.

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

bj44
03-12-2009, 04:04 AM
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
it will happen machida is really overated on the ground. He would of been triangled by tito freaking ortiz if ortiz didnt make the mistake of going for the armbar. Rashad will take him down and control him.