With a combined record of 32-0-1, light heavyweight stars "Sugar" Rashad Evans and Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida have left a trail of destruction behind them that includes some of the greatest fighters in UFC history. Now in the main event of UFC 98, the two will meet in an epic showdown pitting champion Evans against challenger Machida to not only determine the best 205-pound fighter on the planet, but to see who leaves with a loss on their record for the first time. Also, former UFC welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally meet to settle their long-standing grudge.
In 2004, BJ Penn did the impossible when he moved up a weight class to defeat the legendary Matt Hughes for the UFC welterweight title. Penn, now the UFC lightweight champion, will attempt to become the first man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously when he squares off against one of the few men to ever defeat him in the Octagon, current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Who will be left standing when two champions collide in what promises to be one of the most epic battles in mixed martial arts history?
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will look to move one step closer to regaining his title when he takes on the man who beat both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. Will Jackson earn the next shot at new champion Rashad Evans or will Jardine keep “Rampage” from his teammate by sending him crashing to defeat?
UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva returns to the Octagon on Saturday, April 18th to defend his crown against number one contender Thales Leites in the main event of UFC 97. The pound for pound king has already defended his title more times than anyone in UFC middleweight history, but will his battle against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Leites - winner of five in a row - be his Waterloo? Also featured in the UFC's return to Canada is the light heavyweight showdown fans have waited for years to see, as UFC legend Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell squares off against Brazilian superstar Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in what promises to be one of the most explosive bouts of 2009