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Rashad Evans to defend 205-lb. title at UFC 98

Rashad Evans will make his first UFC light-heavyweight title defense when he takes on Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on May 23 in

That is, as long as Jackson is healthy. The former champ would be fighting for the third time in five months. But if Jackson is 100 percent healthy according to doctors, he will fight. Otherwise, Lyoto Machida will step in.

Evans was supposed to defend his title at UFC 100 on July 11 but the fight was pushed earlier to make up for the loss of Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar, which was announced earlier the week as the main event of UFC 98. Mir pulled out due to a knee injury.

Jackson clinched the title shot Saturday at UFC 96 by outpunching Evans' teammate and good friend (the two vowed to never fight each other) Keith Jardine through three rounds for the unanimous decision nod. Had Jardine defeated Jackson, Evans would have faced Machida.

No new date has been set for Mir vs. Lesnar but will happen in the summer.

CURRENT UFC 98 FIGHT CARD:

  • Rashad Evans vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
  • Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra
  • Sean Sherk vs. Frankie Edgar
  • Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Wilson
  • James Irvin vs. Drew McFedries
  • Houston Alexander vs. Andre Gusmao
  • Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Brandon Wolff
  • Phillipe Nover vs. Kyle Bradley
  • Tim Hague vs. Patrick Barry
  • George Roop vs. David Kaplan