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UFC 98 Live Blog: Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans


This is the live blog for Saturday night's UFC 98 main event, featuring light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans defending his title against Lyoto Machida. The fight begins at around midnight ET, and the live blog begins below.

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Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida
Machida is making his way to the Octagon. Evans is making his way to the Octagon.
Round 1: This fight is underway. They're stalking around the cage for the first 30 seconds with no contact. Finally Machida with a leg kick. Both fighters are hoping to find an opening and counter, and we're starting to hear some booing from the crowd. Evans misses with a leg kick. Not a lot of action in the early going, but now Machida with a head kick that sends Evans back. Evans swings wildly and misses. Very little contact in the first three minutes. But now Machida lands a body kick. Now they engage, both land a couple of shots, Machida looks like he wants a takedown but then he backs away. Machida rocks Evans! Machida knocked Evans to the ground and pounded him! They're back on their feet but Evans got hurt. Machida lands a couple more kicks. Round 1 goes to Machida, 10-9.

Round 2: Evans looks like he might want to be a little more aggressive this round. The fans are chanting Machida's name. He's really got the crowd on his side. Machida lands a kick to the body and then tries to get the takedown, but Evans fights him off. Machida with an inside leg kick. A nice exchange of punches! Evans landed his best strikes of the night, but Machida got some in as well. Evans lands a good kick to Machida's ribs. Big left hand from Machida rocks Evans! Evans is in big trouble. It's over! Lyoto Machida knocks out Rashad Evans.

Fireworks in Las Vegas

    Lyoto Machida, right, trades punches with Rashad Evans in the second round of their UFC light heavyweight mixed martial arts match Saturday, May 23, 2009 at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Machida won by knockout in the second. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

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    Rashad Evans recovers shortly after being knocked out by Lyoto Machida in the second round of their UFC light heavyweight mixed martial arts match Saturday, May 23, 2009 at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

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    LAS VEGAS - MAY 23: Lyoto Machida celebrates after defeating Rashad Evans (not pictured) by knockout during their Light Heavyweight Title bout at UFC 98: Evans vs Machida at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa, LLC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Lyoto Machida

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    LAS VEGAS - MAY 23: Lyoto Machida (R) bows to Rashad Evans (L) after Lyoto claims the title during their Light Heavyweight Title bout at UFC 98: Evans vs Machida at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa, LLC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Lyoto Machida;Rashad Evans

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    Lyoto Machida, right, delivers a right to Rashad Evans in the second round of their UFC light heavyweight mixed martial arts match Saturday, May 23, 2009 at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Lyoto won moments later by KO. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

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    LAS VEGAS - MAY 23: Rashad Evans falls to the floor after Lyoto Machida (not pictured) knocks him out during their Light Heavyweight Title bout at UFC 98: Evans vs Machida at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa, LLC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rashad Evans

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    LAS VEGAS - MAY 23: Lyoto Machida (R) battles Rashad Evans (L) during their Light Heavyweight Title bout at UFC 98: Evans vs Machida at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa, LLC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Lyota Machida;Rashad Evans

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    LAS VEGAS - MAY 23: Lyoto Machida (R) battles Rashad Evans (L) during their Light Heavyweight Title bout at UFC 98: Evans vs Machida at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa, LLC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Lyoto Machida;Rashad Evans

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    Lyoto Machida celebrates his second round KO victory over Rashad Evans during their UFC light heavyweight mixed martial arts match Saturday, May 23, 2009 at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

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    LAS VEGAS - MAY 23: Xavier Foupa-Pokam (R) battles Drew McFedries (L) during their Middleweight bout at UFC 98: Evans vs Machida at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa, LLC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Xavier Foupa-Pokam;Drew McFedries

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