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Liddell KO Earns Evans Immediate Title Shot

In a press conference held after UFC 88, Dana White announced that Rashad Evans would next be facing Forrest Griffin for the light-heavyweight title:

“(UFC CEO) Lorenzo (Fertitta), (UFC matchmaker) Joe (Silva) and I got together and thought yeah, he deserves the title shot,” White said. “How could you say, ‘No, he doesn’t deserve the shot’ after [the Liddell fight]?”

White said he had a date in mind but wouldn’t share it until the organization has the opportunity to announce some other upcoming cards.

Sugar Rashad‘s stunning upset increased his overall record to 12-0-1 (7-0-1 in the UFC). I wouldn’t argue that Evans deserves a shot at the belt more than the winner of the (postponed? nixed completely?) fight between Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva, but timing is certainly working in his favor; Griffin needs a title defense, and Evans is available. Unfortunately, the UFC’s hope of a big money fight between Chuck and Forrest is now up in smoke, and they’ll have to put in major effort to convince fans that a title scrap between two TUF winners is equally worth buying. After his nipple-tweaking, pop-n-locking, Fred Sanford-imitating ring antics last night, Evans’s likeability is still a big question mark.

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What should be going on in Joe Silva's head...- September 9, 2008 at 11:21 am
Forrest Griffin vs. Rashad Evans (for LHW title)
Lyoto Machida vs. Quinton Jackson (for #1 contender)
Wanderlei Silva vs. Chuck Liddell (winner gets winner of Rua/Silva for a title shot)
Mauricio Rua vs. Thiago Silva (winner gets winner of Silve/Liddell for a title shot)
Rich Franklin vs. winner of Keith Jardine vs. Brandon Vera (future contender/injury replacement match)
wtfxor- September 8, 2008 at 4:10 am
lol you guys are make no sense whatsoever...

chuck liddel was lined up for a title shot anyways?! lol ..omg he beat wandy *gasp*, after dan henderson beat beat by rampage before that...just like henderson.. get the fuck outta here.

chuck looked like chuck, slo-boxing FTL. you get ktfo when you pretend youre fighting a heavy bag...

and hating on evans for dancing..everyone has their own groove..thats his...
crappy fighter?! he beat the shit outta tito got robbed.....machida ran the entire time
thiago alves beat a washed up matt hughes.. omfg he's jesus!

stop hating on rashad and watch how this shit unfolds... go hate on kimbo summore or something
sweatslinger- September 8, 2008 at 3:45 am
i think rashad evans is a showboat an he got lucky with that punch... thats the way it is it dont matter how bad you are you get hit hard enogh in your jaw your out....he will never have a quarter of the fans that chuck has... he will be a nobody in a hyear or two an chuck will still be fighting. nuff said
Billy Bad Ass- September 7, 2008 at 6:58 pm
Plus it just increases the whole "farm system" idea that is TUF. Two past winners going at it for the title? Hell yeah, then feed whoever wins that to the winner of Silva-Rampage III
Billy Bad Ass- September 7, 2008 at 6:56 pm
The Fred Sanford imitation is what made me like him 100%

Tons of likeability. Him and Forrest are colorful and that press confrence will be hilarious... I hope anyway.
Who Cares- September 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm
"bullshit, no chance rashad deserves a title shot over lyoto machida or thiago silva."

"both have 5-0 winstreaks in the ufc and have been dominant in those wins and have fought tougher competition."

HAHA now i will admit i wasn't for giving Rashad a title shot if he won the fight, before the fight. But after watching how the fight went i think you have no choice. Rashad just turned the UFC poster boy into a highlight and since the Thiago - Machida fight isn't going to happen soon. I don't think the UFC has much of a choice either.

Go Rashad! i didn't give you much of a chance against Liddel but you proved me wrong now please go knock out Forrest!
Markdog- September 7, 2008 at 10:06 am
Who would have thought a few years back that TUF 1 winner would be the UFC champ, and TUF 2 winner the #1 contender? Out with the old, in with the new. I wish Rashad would have stayed a heavyweight and done Brock like he did Chuck! Hahaha, just messing around.
"You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down." aka Markd- September 7, 2008 at 3:49 am
B-tard, I'm gonna check it out in a bit.


Walrus, I'm Mexican and I feel ya (I was going for Chuck too). Hands across CagePotato!
walrus- September 7, 2008 at 3:38 am
You know, a lot of people seem to be biased, or possibley rascist against Rashad. And, don't get me wrong, I'm white -- and in that, I have a lotta white pride. I wanted Chuck Liddell to win -- bear in mind it has nothing to do with race (Chuck's a hero of mine). But it is completely out of line to be rascist against Rashad. I hate the "gangster, black mentality" that we see all too much in recent times. However, do not associate Rashad Evans with that specific persona -- he is a stand-up guy, and in that a stand-up person. My heart goes out to him -- even though I wanted Chuck to woop his ass. Unfortunatley, Chuck got arrogant and decided to step into a fighter with much faster fists.

both good guys. The best to them.
B-tard- September 7, 2008 at 2:59 am
I can't believe everyone's talking about the nipple rubbing and no one's listened to his interview on where he chalks up his victory to using Nate Marquardt's cup.
Liddells Hands- September 7, 2008 at 2:35 am
maybe if Liddell would learn how to fight with us up and his chin down he wouldnt get KOd so damn much...
Anonymous- September 7, 2008 at 1:08 am
nice, loved it. just what i wanted to see... "you got knocked the 'F' out"
Markdog- September 6, 2008 at 11:10 pm
Thanks for the link! It's taking me forever to download the whole thing. I was even more silenced than the rampage/chuck fight. It was like a bad dream all over again. But shit, way to go Rashad. Although, I didn't understand the nipple thing. Was is cause of his man boobs in the UFC 88 Poster, maybe?
Aaorn- September 6, 2008 at 11:08 pm
edit*** gave himself some love (tweaking his nipples)
Aaron- September 6, 2008 at 11:07 pm
Ok seriously- what is up with all of the nipple tweaking? First, GSP licked his fingers and gave himself some live, and now Rashad, who was much more obvious. Is this some Greg Jackson Jedi mind trick???
Mr. Whitefolks- September 6, 2008 at 9:11 pm
Who the f*ck does this guy think he is? enjoying his victory with a comical impression of fred sanford. To think that he has the nerve just up and punch out an american treasure like Chuck Liddell to further his career.

Shame on you Sugar Rashad!!! Shame on you for working a plan and it working out for you!!!
Chuck Nuthuggers everywhere should protest the UFC and Jacksons MMA to let everyone know that travesties like this should never be repeated.
rashad vs chuck vid link- September 6, 2008 at 8:33 pm
Derekrva- September 6, 2008 at 7:09 pm
I can't believe all the Rashad haters on here. Knock out a legend and this is what you get.

"bullshit, no chance rashad deserves a title shot over lyoto machida or thiago silva.

both have 5-0 winstreaks in the ufc and have been dominant in those wins and have fought tougher competition.

rashad has looked rough at times, especially against a washed up tito, and bisping who couldnt hack it at 205"

And who is Lyoto's big win even older Tito. What else do you want from Rashad? He has hung with everyone they put in front of him and now every one wants to bitch because he dances and doesn't get hit...(sounds like a certain chino-brazilian I know) Guess it doesn't help he flatlined Chuck.

Remember when Jardine embarrassed Forest a year ago...get ready to see it again shitbirds.
Anonymous- September 6, 2008 at 6:42 pm
Are you all fool? He is the first fighter ever to knock out COLD Liddell (Couture and Rampage hurt him but never that way), who, by the way, is one of the most difficult fighter to hit.

Bunch of Douchesse!
Nigga G- September 6, 2008 at 5:58 pm
this nigga g, got sum power!.....3 letters to the snow man, popsicle or whatever he calls himself...No ice after all that heat!
mmmiles- September 6, 2008 at 5:57 pm
I agree, his showboating will not endear him to the crowds, especially after dropping someone like Liddell (my money was on rashad). This will affect his ticket draws. The ufc wants a big friendly winner, and rashad manages to look a little sketchy. I think if you want to be a little loopy you have to go all the way rampage-style, or not at all - otherwise it comes off a little funny.

Or just keep it up until people get used to it. Either way, great fight and look forward to Evans-Griffin.
MMA FAN- September 6, 2008 at 5:20 pm
he isn't a top ten light hw..
he deserves it, don't get me wrong. I guess the ufc doesn't want to have all their champions from brazil
MMA FAN- September 6, 2008 at 5:20 pm
he isn't a top ten light hw..
he deserves it, don't get me wrong. I guess the ufc doesn't all their champions to be brazilians
alan- September 6, 2008 at 5:18 pm
damn he might be oone of the few ppl i hate to see get a title this crap fighter can get a perfect record for so long is just mindblowing.....chucks era is over, looked heavy and his stomatch was bigger then usual and i think he should retire not that i dont like him its just that i like him to much to see him lose to fighters like rashad and jardine its sad really. just happy that dan and rich won or id punch the shit out of my plasma tv :D
Lilchet- September 6, 2008 at 4:30 pm
Give him another one or two fights against a top 10 contender then we'll see about him getting a title shot.