Rashad Evans knocked out Chuck Liddell with a brutal punch to pull off a stunning upset tonight at UFC 88 in Atlanta.
It was the best moment of Evans' young career, a powerful right-handed strike directly on the chin in the second round. That right hand firmly establishes the undefeated Evans as one of the up-and-coming stars of the UFC, and potentially a light heavyweight title contender.
On the other side of the coin, the loss was Liddell's third in his last four fights, and it raises the question of whether The Iceman -- long UFC's biggest star -- still has anything left. One of the most accomplished fighters in the history of the sport may be nearing retirement.
Liddell's professional MMA record falls to 21-6. Evans improves his record to 12-0-1.
In other UFC 88 action, Rich Franklin beat Matt Hamill by third-round TKO, Dan Henderson beat Rousimar Palhares by unanimous decision, Nate Marquardt beat Martin Kampmann by first-round TKO, Dong Hyun Kim beat Matt Brown by split decision, Kurt Pellegrino beat Thiago Tavares by unanimous decision, Tim Boetsch beat Mike Patt by first-round TKO, Jason MacDonald beat Jason Lambert by second-round submission (rear naked choke) and Ryo Chonan beat Roan Carneiro by split decision.