It has been confirmed by SI.com and by the British Tabloid’s “The Sun” that Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will be fighting Rashad “Sugar” Evans for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 98. The news came in earlier today after Quinton “Rampage” Jackson told the UFC that he was unable to accept the offer to fight Evans due to a hand injury he sustained during his bout against Keith Jardine at UFC 96. Not only that, but Jackson has fought three times in a span of five months and his team feels that his body needs some rest before he goes out to face a very tough opponent like Rashad Evans.
Both Evans and Machida are currently undefeated coming into this match. Machida has never fought a wrestler as good as Evans in his MMA career, so expect a very interesting fight.
Although Rampage is set to be sidelined at UFC 98, he will be given an immediate title shot against the winner between Machida and Evans. As part of the UFC 98 co-main event, Matt Hughes will be taking on Matt Serra in a long-awaited bout that they mus settle. UFC 98 is scheduled to take place on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.