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Lyoto Machida Somehow Only Pockets One Bonus At UFC 98

Rashad Evans UFC 98 loss
(Yep, that’s how bad it was.)

Yeah, I know that he was technically ineligible to receive a Submission of the Night bonus at UFC 98.  And the fight wasn’t competitive enough (read: at all) to garner consideration for Fight of the Night.  But when you beat ass with the kind of dominating, precise beauty that Lyoto Machida did last night, knocking out Rashad Evans and looking like a perfect fighting machine sent back in time by a futuristic Karate-centric society to teach us all a valuable lesson, it really seems like they ought to create a new bonus category to honor you.

Machida added an extra $60,000 to his UFC 98 salary, as well as whatever that fancy new belt is worth on the open market, for his one-sided destruction of the former champ.  He also finally got himself the street cred he deserves for being a fearsome finisher as well as a patient tactician. 

In fact, he claimed the belt so convincingly that you almost can’t help but wonder who in the UFC’s 205-pound division might possibly beat him, and, after wondering that for several silent minutes, the only answer you might come up would involve some kind of tag team situation.

In other UFC 98 bonus news, Submission of the Night went to Brock Larson for his first round arm triangle finish of Mike Pyle.

Fight of the Night went to Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, proving that sometimes the storyline behind your fight is enough to make it seem more interesting than it actually was, at least in the eyes of the UFC brass.

The UFC pulled in $3.4 million at the gate with an attendance of 12,606, which is coincidentally the exact number of people who reported vivid nightmares about the killing machine Lyoto Machida terrorizing their families and forcing them to drink urine.  Weird, right?

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BackbaconBilly- May 25, 2009 at 3:31 pm
I'll bet Chuck has that pic blown up lifesize already and hangin from his rec room wall.
NECROPHYTE- May 25, 2009 at 12:16 am
That's worst than what he did to Chuck. Laid out ugly.
NECROPHYTE- May 25, 2009 at 12:13 am
That's what barbecued SAUSAGE TITS looks like
UFC fan- May 24, 2009 at 8:53 pm
that was easy money. I knew rashad was gonna get his stupid filthy mouthed "niggered-up" ass handed to him, and he did, couldn't have happened at a better time. After the ignorance he portrayed during the rampage face-off, this is JUST what the doctor ordered.
CageThePotato- May 24, 2009 at 7:39 pm
Respect to Rashad, but Lyoto is a fucking manimal.
T BONE- May 24, 2009 at 4:44 pm
I can't wait to see how rampage goes against him... hopefully he does better than rashad..
Savageleto- May 24, 2009 at 4:44 pm
I think it is bullshit...

They should and I think probably will face each other...

Poo Flinger- May 24, 2009 at 4:40 pm
Quinton can beat Lyoto? No way. He could not beat Forest Griffin, how can you expect him to beat somebody much, much better? Quinton is an awesome fighter and can beat most guys that don't have good range and stand right in front of him. Hmmm...... Nope. That does not sound like a description of Lyoto.
dbiggles- May 24, 2009 at 4:26 pm
@ willum

quit being a bum and buy it or make some friends and go watch it at their house and stop bitching
Bare Grappler- May 24, 2009 at 4:10 pm
Evans showed some heart while he kept coming after getting rocked several times. Hughes got rocked by a headbutt that made him gun shy the rest of the fight. He still shouldn't be encouraged about a win over Matt Serra of all things. He should probably retire.
karate is back- May 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm
i think its bullshit that fights with higher billing and bigger names on the card seemingly always have the upper hand on "fight of the night" bonuses.
Ceeph- May 24, 2009 at 3:25 pm
it's so dumb to me that Machida has fought his own brother in Karate competitions, but won't fight Anderson in MMA. Something doesn't seem right about that to me.
Phenylalanine- May 24, 2009 at 2:37 pm
glad to see Evans turned into a photoshop contest waiting to happen as he did to the Iceman.
Harry Russo- May 24, 2009 at 2:01 pm
I Work At Initech- May 24, 2009 at 1:24 pm
How SWEET it is! Rashad might need to visit a dentist after his sweet tooth was knocked loose!
ZombieRock- May 24, 2009 at 1:22 pm
Spoiler? That pic wasn't the end of the fight. That was Rashad using the Voodoo Rubber-Spine Sliding Knee attack that he'd been practicing. Too bad Machida countered it with the Furrowed-Brow Consciousness Removal Punch.
Androiddrew- May 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm
It's a shame Rashad had to go out like that. He lost the belt, but from the looks of that pic, still retains the title of "Mr. How Low Can You Go?", Limbo champ extrordinare!
One Two- May 24, 2009 at 1:15 pm
yeah kinda reminded me of when quinton was smiling at Wandy while being borderline knocked out
PurplePickle- May 24, 2009 at 1:14 pm
Uncle Sams, I said the same thing last night. His mouth was open on the last two shots like he was clowning or talking shit, especially the kill shot. And it was indeed a kill shot. Evans looked like he took sniper fire on the way down.
Uncle Sams Misguided Child USMC- May 24, 2009 at 1:09 pm
Did anyone else notice that it looked like Evans was talking shit when he was getting hit with that final flurry. I watched it over and over and I swear his mouth was open and he was talking. It looked like when Forest hit him with that flurry and he was talking shit to Forest (ie nut grab right hand) he wanted to do the same right before Machida turned his lights off. Am I the only one who noticed that? Go check your DVR's.
4inch4skin- May 24, 2009 at 1:00 pm
Rampage will beat Machida.
Anhonestmoose- May 24, 2009 at 12:54 pm
im just so happy that someone finally shut rashad up. i hope machida has a long reign.
Fedor fan- May 24, 2009 at 12:50 pm
yah, i think shogun is da man to beat machida, for real dog!
One Two- May 24, 2009 at 12:33 pm
machidas toughest opponent was tito who he ran away from for three rounds and nearly got triangled, he can't beat quinton (the real champ) or shogun. I was impressed with his last few fights but all this "he's the greatest talk" is premature, and these last few knock outs don't quite make up for his boring bullshit performances in the past.
Clue-by-Four- May 24, 2009 at 12:33 pm
Willum, if you don't want to read spoilers, don't visit MMA websites before you've seen the fight. How hard is that to understand?