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UFC 98 Results: UFC 98 Results, Recap & Review
From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV came UFC 98. Below is our recap of the televised fights as well as complete UFC 98 results at the bottom provided by The Triangle Choke. Click or scroll to the bottom of the page for all of the official UFC 98 fight results.
Lightweight Division - Sean Sherk 37-3-1 vs. Frank Edgar 9-1
For the 3rd straight fight, Sean Sherk’s strategy is the big question. Sherk has went from one of the most powerful, dominating fighters in the sport to what is essentially a kickboxer. The problem is Sherk doesn’t have the skills to be an elite boxer or kickboxer. Frankie Edgar used his significant quickness advantage and reach advantage to dominate Sherk throughout the fight.
Frankie Edgars wins via a Unanimous Decision improving his already impressive record to 10-1
Middleweight Division - Dan Miller 11-1-1 vs. Chael Sonnen 28-10-1
An extremely impressive performance by Chael Sonnen. In a style that brought back memories of Matt Lindland, Randy Couture and Dan Henderson in their prime, Team Quest’s Sonnen controlled the fight on the ground pounding Miller with elbows and strikes.
Sonnen cruises to victory via a UD
Middleweight Division - Xavier Foupa-Pokam 20-10 vs. Drew Mcfedries 7-5
Mcfedries caught Xavier with a wicked right hook that sent him flying. Drew pounced landing tremendous shots leading to a stoppage by Yves Lavigne.
Drew Mcfedries wins via referee stoppage 37 seconds into the 1st round
Welterweight Division - Matt Serra 16-5 vs. Matt Hughes 43-7
Matt Serra entered the octagon to the tune of Rocky, Hughes as always to the tune of A Country Boy Can Survive. As expected, no tapping of the gloves at the referee instructions. A tremendous 1 st round in which Matt Hughes came out in a south paw stance. Serra landed an accidental head butt followed by a shot to the back of Hughes’ head. Hughes was staggered and woozy. It looked like the fight could be over as a stunned crowd shouted. Hughes grabbed a leg and held on until he regained his composure. Hughes managed a thunderous takedown and almost sunk in a RNC. Serra escaped and the fight ended with both fighters on their feet. A very difficult round to score. Hughes landed a tremendous take down early in the 2nd round. Hughes controlled the round from the top landing several punches and elbows to Serra’s ribs. With 10 seconds left in the 2nd round the referee stood them up. Hughes wins the 2nd round easily. The 3rd round started slow when Hughes landed a few strikes then an impressive take down. Hughes escaped several Serra submission attempts using his leverage and power. The referee stood the fighters up with just under 2 minutes left in the round. Serra reversed a Matt Hughes take down attempt and landed a strike while on top. The fight ended and both fighters finally shook hands. A very close fight to call. Matt Hughes gains the victory via UD 29-28. A very good fight. Matt Hughes looked like the old Matt Hughes in terms of physical conditioning. If Hughes can keep this motivation, he may be a force yet again in the division.
MAIN EVENT for the Light Heavyweight Title: “Sugar” Rashad Evans 18-0-1 vs Lyoto “Dragon” Machida 14-0
The only title bout in the history of the UFC which both fighters come in undefeated. Evans attempted a kick a minute and 10 seconds into the 1st round which was the first attempt at anything by either fighter. Machida landed a nice kick 2 minutes into the 1st round. Both fighters were very patient and cautious throughout most of the 1st round. With less than a minute left in the round Lyoto landed a kick to the body followed by a straight left hand which sent Evans to the ground. Machida pounced but Evans managed to get to his feet. The round ends with Machida winning the 1st round easily. As the 2nd round started a chorus of Machida, Machida, Machida rained down. The round progressed very slowly with neither fighter landed anything. Deep into the 3rd round Machida landed a straight left hand that hurt Evans badly. Evans tried to tie Machida up but Lyoto managed to escape landing punishing strikes and ended the fight with a wicked left hand that doubled Evans over on his knees. The shots wiped the pompous smirk off of Evans’ face 3:57 into the 2nd round.
We were one of the few who gave Machida respect prior to this bout. Coming into the event we had him ranked 3rd in our Pound for Pound rankings. He has now defeated Evans, Franklin and Penn to name a few. It is going to be fun to watch Lyoto compete against a stacked Light Heavyweight division.
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