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Rashad Evans re-signs with the UFC

Published reports state that UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has signed a new deal with the Zuffa-owned fight promotion.

Details of the contract, which was reportedly signed on Friday, have yet to be made available.

News of Evans’ new contract with the UFC was first reported by the official web site for the British MMA magazine Fighters Only.

Evans has risen to the top of the light heavyweight division culminating in his capturing the championship from fellow winner of The Ultimate Fighter reality TV show Forrest Griffin at UFC 92 in December. Evans earned his shot at the title with a brutal second round knockout of former light heavyweight champion and future UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell at UFC 88 in September.

Evans if the first-ever undefeated light heavyweight champion in the company’s history and is currently the only undefeated champion within the organization. Evans will defend his title against one of two challengers. If Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is able to defeat Evans’ teammate Keith Jardine this coming Saturday at UFC 96, those two will go toe-to-toe with Jackson looking to reclaim his title that he lost to Griffin at UFC 86.

If Jackson loses to Jardine then it is believed that undefeated Brazilian Lyoto Machida will get a crack at dethroning Evans and in the process attempt to also become the first man to ever defeat him.

  • Angry Mike says:

    No surpise that he re-signed.

    It makes no sense to me that Machida is behind Rampage for a title shot. Machida should get the shot, or at least fight Rampage to see which of the two gets the shot.

  • redness says:

    If should make sense because he should have had an immediate title rematch which I still dont think he lost. The UFC should have a clause in the conracts that you cant leave if your are a title holder.

  • GetItOn says:

    Marketing marketing marketing. Lyoto is not very marketable…..yet. Also, if they have a clause like that then what? He has to lose the belt in a fight in order to leave? That will never happen. What about Silva?


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