MMAWeekly is on location from the MGM Grand Garden Arena for tonight’s “UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida” in Las Vegas, bringing you live results and round-by-round play-by-play.
Light heavyweight titleholder Rashad Evans will put his title on the line for the first time in a historic match against Lyoto Machida. It will mark the first time two undefeated fighters have competed in the storied Octagon with a belt at stake. The co-main event features a grudge match that has been brewing for years between former UFC welterweight titleholders Matt Hughes and Matt Serra.
The first preliminary bout is scheduled to being at 7:45pm EST/4:45pm PT. Refresh the page often for the latest results and blow-by-blow coverage.
–Rashad Evans (16-0-1; #1 Light Heavyweight in the World)* vs. Lyoto Machida (14-0; #2 Light Heavyweight in the World)*
R1: The fighter start out cautious like expected. They are both testing the distance and looking to find their range. Evans misses a low kick as Machida starts to stalk him. Neither fighter is committing to much until Machdia lands a punch. Evans misses with a hook as Machida stalks him. Machida lands a body kick and then a staright punch as Evans comes in. Evans seems to be having a hard time with Machida’s karate stance. They clinch breifly only to seperate. Machida drops Evans with a punch and follows up but Evans survives and gets back to his feet. Machida goes for a head kcik as Evans circles around. The round ends with the fighters stalking one another.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Machida
R2: Evans starts the round with a step in his feet as Machida stalks him. A lot feinting between the fighters as they look for their openings. They clinch up for a bit but seperate quickly. Machida lands a low kick as he stalks Evans. Machida lands a combination and Evans returns fire but can’t touch him. The fight slows done as they continue to stalk one another. Machida drops Evans with an uppercut and pounces on him. Evans surviving the barrage of punches and gets back to his feet. Machida landing at will on the feet and Evans is trying to stay alive. Machida lands a huge left hook and knocks Evans out cold.
Lyoto Machida def. Rashad Evans by KO at 3:57, R2.
–Matt Hughes (42-7; #6 Welterweight in the World)* vs. Matt Serra (11-5; #7 Welterweight in the World)*
R1: Hughes the aggressor with some jabs as Serra circles around looking to find his range. Serra drops Hughes with a right hook but can’t finish him. Hughes is still hurt and Serra lets him back to his feet. Serra tags him with more hooks and drops him again. Hughes struggles to survive by getting a takedown but eventually recovers and clinches along the fence. They seperate and the action slows a bit. Hughes charges in and gets a clinch then slams Serra to the ground. He gets Serra’s back and goes for the choke but Serra is defending well. Serra escapes and gets back to his feet. Serra ends the round with kicks as Hughes goes for a takedown. The crowd is absolutely going nuts for this fight.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Serra
R2: Hughes lands a jab to start the round. Serra lands a nice hook but Hughes avoids the follow-up. Hughes lands a body kick then gets a takedown. Hughes controlling the action from the top with some ground and pound. Hughes starts to work the body with punches as Serra is unable to mount any offense. The action is starting to slow a bit until Hughes lands some elbows and moves into half guard. The action slows and the referee stands it up. Serra going for broke as the round comes to an end.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Hughes.
R3: Like in the previous two rounds, Hughes starts off with a jab. Serra looking to land his big shot but Hughes gets another takedown. Serra using the rubber guard. Hughes controlling the action from to as Serra switches back to guard. Hughes looking to pass but gets caught in a triangle choke that he escapes. The crowd gets restless as Hughes controls the action from the top. The fight is stood up and Serra presses forward. Serra motions for Hughes to hit him. They clinch up and Serra takes Hughes down. Serra working with away with punches but Hughes gets to his knees and the fight ends with Hughes going for a takedown.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Hughes and the fight 29-28 for Hughes.
-Drew McFedries (7-5) vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam (20-10)
R1: The fighters circle to start the round and then McFedries pounces, dropping Foupa-Pokam with a left hook. He follows up with punches but Foupa-Pokam is able to get back to his feet, where is tagged again with punches and falls back to the mat. McFedries follows up with more punches that forces the referee to stop the fight.
Drew McFedries def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam by TKO at 0:37, R1.
-Dan Miller (11-1) vs. Chael Sonnen (21-10-1)
R1: Miller comes out aggressive on the feet, Sonnen goes for a takedown and gets caught in a tight guillotine choke. He is able to escape after some tense moments and drops a couple shots on Miller. Sonnen starting to work some solid ground and pound. Miller goes for a leg but Sonnen is defending well. He escapes and gets side mount, where he drops some elbows on Miller. Miller retains half guard then guard as Sonnen drops punches. Sonnen stands up and drops some solid shots on Miller. Sonnen continues to work from top with solid shots as the round comes to a close.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Sonnen.
R2: Miller lands a straight to start the round, which forces Sonnen to go for a takedown that Miller defends. Miller lands some more shots that makes Sonnen clinch up. Sonnen picks Miller up and slams him but is caught in a guillotine choke that he is able to escape. He starts his ground and pound attack once again. He lands some hard shots that seem to bother Miller. Sonnen continues the attack but Miller goes for an armbar that Sonnen is able to escape. Sonnen starts to slow down a bit but is still controlling the action from the top. Sonnen ends the round on top of Miller.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Sonnen.
R3: Miller getting the better of the stand-up as he lands a nice combination that hurts Sonnen. Sonnen then goes for and gets a takedown. Sonnen controlling the action from top but not doing too much. Not much action as the crowd starts to get restless. Sonnen starts to get a bit busier but not by much. Miller is unable to do anything as Sonnen controls the action from the top. Miller looking for submissions but Sonnen is able to thwart his attacks. The fights ends with Sonnen controlling Miller from the top.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Sonnen and the fight 30-27 for Sonnen.
Chael Sonnen def. Dan Miller by Unanimous Decision (30-27 on all three cards).
-Sean Sherk (33-3-1) vs. Frankie Edgar (9-1)
R1: Edgar starts with a head kick that Sherk blocks. They trade shots with neither landing too much. They both start to land a bit more but nothing too significant. Edgar lands a nice one-two combination that gets a reaction from the crowd. Sherk returns the favor as he starts to press the action. They trade combinations and Edgar goes for a takedown that Sherk defends. Sherk lands a low kick but is dropped by an Edgar straight punch. Edgar has a hold of Sherk’s head who works for the takedown. They seperate and start striking again. They continue to trade at abrisk pace. Edgar lands a kick and Sherk lands a combination, they start to trade with both fighters landing as the round ends.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Edgar.
R2: Edgar lands a jab to start the round and Sherk fires back. Edgar landing some good shots as Sherk presses on. Edgar goes for a takedown but is tagged by Sherk with punches. They trade some vicious shots as both fighters lands. Edgar lands a head kick that gets a reaction from the crowd. The pace of the fight slows a bit as they trade shots. Sherk lands a nice combination that backs off Sherk. Edgar charges back with a combination of his own. Edgar seems to be getting the better of the stand-up. Sherk lands a vicious combination that hurts Edgar for a bit. Edgar goes for a takedown but then misses a head kick. A close round.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Edgar.
R3: The two fighters starts where they left off. Sherk seems to be pressing the cation more as he lands some good strikes. Sherk gets a takedown but Edgar gets back to his feet shortly after. The pace of the fight starts to slow down as Sherk continues to press, while Edgar lands shots. Edgar looks the fresher of the two fighters. Sherk goes for a takedown but Edgar defends and misses a head kick. They are trading shots but Edgar is getting the better of it. Sherk lands a nice combination and Edgar a jab. Edgar still getting the better of the stand-up exchanges as he seems to have more in the tank. Sherk goes for a takedown but is caught in a guillotine choke that Edgar squeezes till the fight ends.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Edgar and the fight 30-27 for Edgar.
Frank Edgar def. Sean Sherk by Unanimous Decision (30-27 on all three cards).
-Brock Larson (25-2) vs. Mike Pyle (17-5-1)
R1: The fighters start the fight cautious as they test the distance. Not much action until Larson gets a takedown. Pyle working for leg locks but Larson defends well and gets on top. He lands a couple of punches before Pyle grabs a leg. Some nice ground work as the fighters trade positions. Larson goes for a side choke and moves over to the side. He locks it on and Pyle taps out.
Brock Larson def. Mike Pyle by Submission (Side Choke) at 3:06, R1.
-Tim Hague (9-1) vs. Patrick Barry (4-0)
R1: Hague comes out aggressive, while Barry looks to keep the distance with kicks. Barrry lands a high kick then punches that stun Hague. He tries to finish the fight but Hague is able to get a takedown. Hague locks on a guillotine choke and Barry taps out.
Tim Hague def. Patrick Barry by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:42, R1.
-Phillipe Nover (7-1) vs. Kyle Bradley (13-6)
R1: The fighters trade shots with Bradley landing a one-two
combination and Nover landing a solid body kick. Bradley gets the clinch and lands some knees that drop Nover, Bradley pounces with punches that knock Nover out but he comes to and rolls to his back as the fight is stopped. Referee Yves Lavinge is later seen telling Nover “I’m sorry that I stopped the fight”.
Kyle Bradley def. Phillipe Nover by TKO at 1:03, R1.
-Andre Gusmao (5-1) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (17-8-1)
R1: Soszynski pushes the action against the cage but Gusmao is able to escape. Soszynski lands a couple good shots then Gusmao responds with a combination that stuns Soszynski. Gusmao lands an errant kick and the action is halted for a bit. Action resumes with Soszynski pressing forward with punches. Gusmao working the kicks as Soszynski looks for an opening. Soszynski taggs Gusmao with a nice combination and is landing punches but Gusmao escapes danger. Soszynski presses the action and lands a combination that stuns Gusmao and knocks him out with a straight right.
Krzystof Soszynski def. Andre Gusmao by KO at 3:17, R1.
-Yoshiyuki Yoshida (10-3) vs. Brandon Wolff (7-3)
R1: Fighters start the fight rather cautious withe neither throwing a strike. Wolff lands a couple of punches as Yoshida pushes Wolff against the cage. Yoshida gets a guillotine choke and drops down to finish it. He has it while mounted on Wolff. Wolff taps but the referee doesn’t see it and Yoshida secures it from his guard and Wolff taps again to end the fight.
Yoshiyuki Yoshida def. Brandon Wolff by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:24, R1.
-George Roop vs. Dave Kaplan
R1: Both fighters trade shots but nothing significant landing. Roop pressing the action with combinations, while Kaplan loads up on kicks. Kaplan lands a nice one-two combo and starts to find his range. Kaplan begins to press the action and Roop keeps him at bay with kicks. Roop lands a nice combination that bloodies Kaplan’s nose. Kaplan responds with one of his own as the two fight at a brisk pace. Kaplan lands a couple of low kicks but Roop responds with a straight right. Kaplan gets a takedown but Roop gets back to his feet after some struggling. They trade shots as the round comes to an end.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Roop.
R2: Roop lands some kicks to start the round as Kaplan circles around. kaplan goes for a takedown and Roop lands a knee but is soon on his back. After some inactivity, Kaplan gets up and lets Roop up. Roop using his reach well with kicks and punches. Kaplan pushes Roop against the cage and gets a takedown. Roop gets back to his feet after a bit and Kaplan attacks with low kicks, while Roop lands punches. Kaplan goes for another takedown but Roop struggles before finally going down. Roop being the aggressor from the bottom with elbows as Kaplan works the body with punches. Close Round.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Roop.
R3: Kaplan working the low kicks as Roop looks to use his hands. Roop lands a good series of punches that force Kaplan to go for a takedown. Kaplan is able to work to mount but Roop gets him back into half guard then gets back to his feet. Roop then goes for a head kick and lands a straight punch. Roop looks a bit tired as he lands some solid knees. Kaplan pushes Roop against the cage but Roop defends the takedown well. Kaplan finally gives up and the meet in the center of the cage. Kaplan looks winded as Roop controls the action with kicks. Kaplan gets the action along the cage again. He misses a big overhand right as Roop attacks with punches. They end the fight trading shots. Another close round.
MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Roop and the fight 30-27 for Roop.
George Roop def. Dave Kaplan by Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27).
Main Card Bouts:
-Lyoto Machida def. Rashad Evans by KO at 3:57, R2.
-Matt Hughes (42-7; #6 Welterweight in the World)* vs. Matt Serra (11-5; #7 Welterweight in the World)*
-Drew McFedries def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam by TKO at 0:37, R1.
-Chael Sonnen def. Dan Miller by Unanimous Decision (30-27 on all three cards).
-Frank Edgar def. Sean Sherk by Unanimous Decision (30-27 on all three cards).
Preliminary Card Bouts:
-Brock Larson def. Mike Pyle by Submission (Side Choke) at 3:06, R1.
-Tim Hague def. Patrick Barry by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:42, R1.
-Kyle Bradley def. Phillipe Nover by TKO at 1:03, R1.
-Krzystof Soszynski def. Andre Gusmao by KO at 3:17.
-Yoshiyuki Yoshida def. Brandon Wolff by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:24, R1.
-George Roop def. Dave Kaplan by Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Main card airs on pay-per-view at 10pm EST/7pm PT for $44.95 in the United States