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Rashad Evans signs eight-fight deal with UFC

UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will be fighting inside the Octagon for a very long time.

Evans revealed on Friday's episode of "Inside MMA" on HDNet that his new deal with the UFC is for eight more fights.

The agreement was signed after his title win at UFC 92 "The Ultimate 2008" over Forrest Griffin and replaces his previous six-figure contract signed after winning "The Ultimate Fighter 2" competition on Spike TV.

Evans completed nine out of the ten fights under his previous deal.

Evans (13-0-1) will make his first title defense against undefeated Lyoto Machida (14-0) at UFC 98 "Evans vs. Machida" on May 23 in Las Vegas.