It shouldn’t be a surprise to see Evans’ name at the top of this list. After all, Machida’s finish of “Sugar” ‘Shad earned him the championship. Evans was unbeaten when he and Machida mixed it up and was coming off consecutive victories over Michael Bisping, Chuck Liddell, and Forrest Griffin. Still, he didn’t even make it out of the second stanza with Machida, suffering one of the most brutal knockouts ever seen in the Octagon when he folded backwards into the fence. To date it’s the only time Evans has been finished. Machida would go on to successfully defend the belt against Mauricio Rua by way of a controversial decision, then lose it in an immediate rematch.
Former UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida will start a new phase of his career this coming weekend when he dips down to middleweight with hopes of following in the footsteps of friend Anderson Silva by eventually winning divisional gold. While Machida’s main event match-up with Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30 is certainly an important moment in the 35-year old’s run, it’s definitely not the first time he’s been put in a bout with high stakes against an apt adversary. And, as history has shown, chances are good he’ll come out on top when things are said and done. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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