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UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida
Round 1: No real contact in the first minute of the fight, which is what a lot of people were fearing. Finally about two minutes in, Machida landed a kick to land the first significant blow of the round, but they went back to circling each other around the cage. Machida landed another kick. Machida decked Evans with a hard right that knocked Evans down and landed a flurry of punches, but Evans was able to recover. Machida hit a couple of more kicks as the round came to a close. 10-9 for Machida.
Round 2: A ‘Machida’ chant broke out. I can’t remember the last time I heard that. Machida went for a takedown but was blocked by the cage. Evans missed with a punch and Machida went to capitalize, but Evans came right back at him with strikes of his own. Evans landed a leg kick of his own. Machida nailed Evans with a big straight left and started wailing away with a huge flurry before finally knocking him out cold with a big left. The light heavyweight championship continues to be a hot potato, but it looks like it might stay put for awhile.
Winner via KO and NEW UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: Lyoto Machida
After the fight, Machida thanked the fans and said he wants to keep the belt for a long time. He said karate’s back and that if you have a dream, to go for it.
Evans said he was dizzy after the fight and said he had to take his hat off to Machida.