Anthony Springer Jr. and David Hudson at the Octagonside
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In the main event of UFC 98, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida ushered in a new age of MMA by knocking out previously unbeaten champion Rashad Evans at 3:57 the second round. Relying on his dangerous karate style, Machida patiently timed Evans and dropped him with a right cross in the first round. In round two, Evans could not decipher the classical style of the karate master and was quickly dispatched with a vicious left hook that knocked him out cold. The official time of the stoppage came at 3:57. Machida is now a perfect 15-0 and has yet to lose a round in his UFC career.
In the night’s co-feature, future Hall of Famer Matt Hughes finally settled the score against longtime rival Matt Serra by scoring a three round unanimous decision. Though each man had their moments, it was the wrestling of Hughes that made the difference. All three judges scored the bout 29-28.
Drew McFedries needed just :37 seconds to TKO Xavier Foupa-Pokam in a middleweight clash. After connecting with a brutal series of right hands, McFedries crumpled his opponent with a hard hook.
WEC middleweight standout Chael Sonnen easily outpointed Dan Miller over three rounds by controlling from the top position. All three judges scored the bout 30-27.
In a battle of lightweight wrestlers, Frankie Edgar used smooth boxing to score a three round unanimous decision over former title holder Sean Sherk. All three judges scored the bout 30-27.
WEC veteran Brock Larson submitted late replacement Mike Pyle with an arm triangle after 3:06 of blistering action. Larson gets the submission victory in the opening round. Newcomer heavyweight Tim Hague came back from being hurt badly by Patrick Barry and submitted his opponent with a guillotine at 1:42 of round one. Lightweight Kyle Bradley appeared to have benefited from a premature stoppage TKO win over Phillipe Nover after referee Yves Lavigne halted the contest at 1:03 following some glancing blows. Light heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski stopped Andre Gusmao with a devastating flurry of punches in just 3:17 of the first round. Yoshiyuki Yoshida wasted no time submitting Brandon Wolff at 2:24 of the first round with a guillotine choke. George Roop scored a split decision over Dave Kaplan. Scores were 29-28 in favor of Kaplan and 30-27 twice in favor of Roop.