Las Vegas, NV- 12,606 spectators filled the MGM Grand Garden Arena to witness “UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida” and the UFC crown a new light heaveyweight champion.
Lyoto Machida was awarded the Knockout of the Night award for his second round KO of former titleholder Rashad Evans. Machida had Evans in trouble several times throughout the bout, but a left hand on the chin ended the fight at the 3:57 mark of round two.
Fight of the Night honors went to former welterweight titleholders Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. Serra had Hughes in danger of being finished in the first round but Hughes survived and controlled the second stanza with his top game and ground and pound. The third round was extremely close with Serra working submission attempts while Hughes stayed in top control. Serra closed out the round with a takedown of his own, landing a few solid punches as well.
The Submission of the Night bones when to Brock Larson who submitted late replacement Mike Pyle with a side choke in the first round.
– Knockout of the Night: Lyoto Machida, $60,000.
– Fight of the Night: Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, $60,000 each.
– Submission of the Night: Brock Larson, $60,000.
Total bonus money paid, $240,000.