Liddell had seemingly shaken the losing bug after outpointing Wanderlei Silva and was ready to beat Evans en route to another title-shot. Of course, "Sugar" 'Shad had other plans. After an evenly-matched opening round, Evans turned up the heat and ended up catching Liddell with a perfectly-placed, powerful punch that melted “The Iceman” immediately. The victory made it clear Evans was among the division’s best while Liddell’s days were essentially done (two TKOs later he retired).
With questions about his remaining passion, 34-year old Rashad Evans has an important task in front of him this weekend when he squares off against Chael Sonnen at UFC 167. The co-headlining clash gives Evans an opportunity to show he still has what it takes to make a run at the title despite some recent stumbles as well as add another win over a game adversary to his resume. And, given the former light heavyweight champion’s past efforts in similar situations, there’s no reason to think he can’t do just that. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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