Just one night away is one of the most competitive UFC light heavyweight championships on paper in the organizations history when Rashad Evans squares off with Lyoto Machida at UFC 98.
Evans finds himself in a position where there are many that feel as if he still has something to prove. A devastating knockout over former UFC champion Chuck Liddell and a TKO over Forrest Griffin to become the UFC’s light heavyweight champion have, unfortunately, done little to increase the phenomenal athlete’s stock in recent days.
So it comes as no surprise to the champ when today’s odds are favoring the challenger in tomorrow night’s bout. Currently Bodog has Machida listed as a -200 favorite to Rashad’s +160.
That’s just fine with Evans, he wouldn’t want it any other way. Being the underdog is a position the undefeated fighter is extremely familiar with.
“People don’t beleive in me, that’s the best thing about it,” Evans was quoted as saying in the countdown to UFC 98 that aired on Spike TV.
More than simply confident, Rashad went a step past guaranteeing victory when he went on to name the specific round that the fight would end.
“I’m going to beat Lyoto Machida in the third round,” promised the Greg Jackson trained champion. “I’m not sure how it’s going to happen. I just see it. I’m going to beat him in the third round.”