UFC 98 thoughts
The only fights I was able to see were Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida and Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra so those are the only two I will be commenting on.
Lets start with the obvious. If anyone had any doubts, Lyoto Machida is the real deal. After the feeling out process in the first few minutes of the fight, he dominated Rashad Evans and completely controlled the pace of the fight and never allowed Evans to get into any kind of rhythm. As has been the case in his previous fights, he used his “stick and move” tactics to land effective punches and then quickly back away from Evans and never allowing him to use his counter punching strengths. While I have seen more lopsided fights and many worse knockouts, Machida beat Evans soundly and left no doubt about who was the better fighter on this night after knocking out the former Michigan State wrestler in the second round. Right now I don’t see anyone in the light heavyweight division who can matchup with Machidas unique style and defeat him. I can see The Dragon making a run at Anderson Silva’s title defense record and dominate the deep light heavyweight division. This is just my opinion here but the only guy that I think has a chance at defeating him right now is Silva. That’s a fight I love to see. I know that Silva is currently the middleweight champion but he has been moving up in weight recently to fight in the 205 weight class. I know that Silva’s recent fights have been anything but exciting but he is still one of the best fighters in the world and I really think that an opponent the caliber of Machida would bring out the best in him. Of course all of the above is contingent on Anderson Silva being able to defeat Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 in August.
I was glad to see welterweights Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally get into the octagon to settle their long running war of words. I was not surprised to see Matt Hughes get the victory in this fight. The only thing that did surprise me was that he was not able to get a submission victory through use of his ground game. When these two were on their feet I thought that Serra was getting the best of things and winning the battle. Hughes
UFC 98 Results
George Roop over David Kaplan by split decision
Yoshiyuki Yoshida over Dave Wolff by submission in the first round
Krzystof Sozynski over Andre Gusmao by TKO in the first round
Kyle Bradley over Phillipe Nover by referee stoppage in the first round
Tim Hague over Patrick Barry by submission in the first round
Brock Larson over Mike Pyle by submission in the first round
Frankie Edgar over Sean Sherk by unanimous decision
Chael Sonnen over Dan Miller by unanimous decision
Drew McFedries over Xavier Foupa-Pokam by TKO in the first round
Matt Hughes over Matt Serra by unanimous decision
Lyoto Machida over Rashad Evans by KO in the second round to capture the Light Heavyweight Championship