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It’s Evans vs. Machida to the Rescue

Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida is now just hours away and the matchup between the two unbeaten lightweights can’t come soon enough for this MMA fan.

It’s seems like it’s been an eternity since we’ve seen anything resembling a real MMA fight. It’s been a month of Jose Canseco, Shaq and Roy Jones Jr. talking about entering the sport, as if anyone should care about that nonsense. But unfortunately, some do.

Then there was the sideshows within MMA like Fedor Emelianenko fighting a man 70 pounds lighter than him in an “exhibition” and Affliction promoter Tom Atencio challenging UFC President Dana White to a fight, to which White responded by calling Atencio a “goof.”

Inside the ring we saw the end of MMA legends Chuck Liddell and Frank Shamrock, while Tito Ortiz continues to flip-flop over which promotion he’s going to sign with next. And perhaps the most mind-boggling mystery of all to comprehend is one of the sport’s most feared strikers – Anderson Silva – has all of a sudden become a “counter puncher” versus inferior opponents.

So finally, through all the drama and sideshows, we have what we as fans strive to see in this sport: two fighters in the prime of their careers fighting for a title. Evans and Machida are arguably two of the five best fighters on a lot of people’s pound-for-pound lists and on Saturday night they settle round one in the cage.

I say round one because this is a feud between two young, talented fighters that is not likely to be decided Saturday night, regardless of who emerges victorious. More than likely, these two are on a collision course to fight three times throughout their long and lustrous careers.

The fight is tough to predict, largely due to Machida’s unorthodox style. But remember one thing about Machida; he reacts to his opponent’s style of fighting. How many boring fights have you seen Evans involved in?

Evans is going to come straight-forward and force the action, that’s just his style. That’s the way he fights. There may be times during the bout where Machida is successful in playing keep-a-way but overall, I think these two are going to deliver an action packed fight.

There has been a lull in MMA over last few weeks but that’s about to change. Following UFC 98, Strikeforce is putting out a real strong card on June 6, headlined by Jake Shields vs. Robbie Lawler. Also on that card is a heavyweight tilt I can’t wait to see between Andrei Arlovski and Brett Rogers.

The following night WEC puts on maybe the company’s biggest fight ever in the much anticipated rematch between featherweight champion Mike Brown and No. 1 contender Urijah Faber. Brown caught Faber the last time out with a big right hand but my bet is “The California Kid” comes back with a vengeance in what could turn out to be a classic.

So don’t worry fight fans. While the sideshows and melodramas have been dominating the news of late, there is a summer of great fights on the horizon, kicking off with Evans vs. Machida Saturday night and culminating at historic UFC 100 in June. Finally, the fights and the fighters will be the focus once again. What a novel idea.

  • Clay The Caveman Guida says:

    “How many boring fights have you seen Evans involved in?”

    Almost every fight I have ever seen him in has been boring. He has improved, but it’s not like he goes out and has exciting fights. Half of his fights have gone to the cards, and at only 14 fights that is not impressive. He also 2 submissions, so he gets a TKO in about 35% of his fights. There is nothing outstanding about that. I am excited to see Machida KO his cocky ass. He is so arrogant, which I find comical since he has only defeated 2 legit threats, and one was past his prime. There could be a case made the Bisping is legit, but he is also cocky and overrated much like Evans.

    If anyone has Evans in their top 5 p4p rankings they need to spend some time doing some research. With his hand-picked opponents its no wonder he is undefeated. I am excited to see him get exposed.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    yeah i was gonna say, most all of rashads fights havent set the world alight. i think only the bisping fight was remotely entertaining for me.

    “Evans is going to come straight-forward and force the action, that’s just his style”

    umm, are we sure about that? i thought he kinda dodged about and then knocked guys out/went for the take down when they got to close?

    im not ditching rashad, i dont really care to watch him fight particularly, but he sure as hell aint as exciting as this article makes him seem.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    “Evans is going to come straight-forward and force the action, that’s just his style”

    I agree that isn’t his style and I really hope that he wont try it for this fight. Infact my advice to Rashad would be as follows…”look at all of the fights that Machida has won recently…what did they all do?…go straight-forward and try and force the action…is that something you think you should do?.”
    Rashad should back peddle as fast as he can only stopping to counter with his speed and power, when Machida starts doing stuff that is not in his character, Evans has gone 95% of the way to winning.

  • JollyDV says:

    I just think this fight can go either way. The winner will the fighter who makes the least mistakes.

    Well that said, I also think it has the potential to be a FOTY, or it could be 25 minutes of dancing and ducking.

    Regardless who wins, (I can’t make a pick, I really like them both.)

    Lucky me, I have never bet on a MMA fight except several years except with my brother.I was getting all my picks right, no he said he as to stop. Speaking of which, that bugger still owes my 10.00.

  • JJ Docker says:

    If they engage, Machida will hand it to him and hand it to him hard. This would be almost as satisfying as Serra knocking out Hughes. But, unfortunately, I don’t see either happening. Evans vs Machida is set to have a terribly boring start, possibly even up until round 4. I think Evans will wind up winning a close decision after 5 frustrating rounds, whilst Hughes will win a unanimous and convincing one.


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