Lyoto Machida (Photo: sportsnet.ca)
UFC 98 – Las Vegas, Nev. - MGM Grand Garden Arena – May 23, 2009
Lyoto Machida captured the UFC light heavyweight title, handing Rashad Evans his first career loss at UFC 98.
Machida, a former sumo and karate champion, used a right-left combination to knock “Suga” out and claim the title.
In a battle of former welterweight champions, Matt Hughes won a narrow but unanimous decision over Matt Serra. All three judges scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Hughes.
Drew McFedries beat Xavier Foupa-Pokam by TKO in 37 seconds. Chael Sonnen beat Dan Miller by unanimous decision, as Miller also landed in the loss column for the first time.