UFC 98

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UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida
The poster for UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMay 23, 2009
VenueMGM Grand Garden Arena
CityLas Vegas, Nevada
Total gate$3,257,350[1]
Total purse$957,000
Event chronology
UFC 97: Redemption UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida UFC 99: The Comeback

UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on May 23, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.[3]


A title unification match between the Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir and UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar was originally slated to be the main event, but was postponed until UFC 100 due to a knee injury to Mir.[4][5]

By way of replacement, Quinton Jackson, former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, was to fight the undefeated current champion Rashad Evans but had to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair ligament damage in his jaw that he received in a previous training camp. Instead, Evans headlined the card against fellow undefeated contender Lyoto Machida.[6][7]

The card featured the long anticipated grudge match between The Ultimate Fighter 6 coaches Matt Hughes and Matt Serra.

Due to injury, Josh Koscheck was not able to participate on this card. Brock Larson stepped in as the new opponent for Chris Wilson.[8][9] Unfortunately, Chris Wilson was unable to complete the necessary medical paperwork in order to compete at the event and was replaced by Mike Pyle.[10]

James Irvin was set to make his Middleweight debut against Drew McFedries, but was not able to fight due to a knee injury.[11] Xavier Foupa-Pokam stepped in to fight McFedries.[12]

Yushin Okami was set to fight Dan Miller on the main card but was taken off the card after Okami suffered a torn ligament. Early reports suggested Ed Herman would replace Okami,[13] however Chael Sonnen stepped in to take the bout.[14]

Houston Alexander was scheduled to fight Andre Gusmao, but was forced to pull out due to a broken hand. Krzysztof Soszynski stepped in to fight Gusmao.[15]


Main card (PPV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Lyoto Machida def. Rashad Evans (c) KO (punches) 2 3:57 [a]
Welterweight Matt Hughes def. Matt Serra Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Drew McFedries def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam TKO (punches) 1 0:37
Middleweight Chael Sonnen def. Dan Miller Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Frankie Edgar def. Sean Sherk Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card
Catchweight (172 lb) Brock Larson def. Mike Pyle Submission (arm-triangle choke) 1 3:06 [b]
Heavyweight Tim Hague def. Pat Barry Submission (guillotine choke) 1 1:42
Lightweight Kyle Bradley def. Phillipe Nover TKO (punches) 1 1:03
Light Heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski def. Andre Gusmao KO (punches) 1 3:17
Welterweight Yoshiyuki Yoshida def. Brandon Wolff Submission (guillotine choke) 1 2:24
Lightweight George Roop def. Dave Kaplan Decision (split) (28–29, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
  2. ^ Pyle missed weight.

Bonus awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses.[16]

  • Fight of the Night: Hughes vs. Serra
  • Knockout of the Night: Lyoto Machida
  • Submission of the Night: Brock Larson

Reported payout[edit]

  • Lyoto Machida: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus) def. Rashad Evans: $200,000
  • Matt Hughes: $200,000 ($100,000 win bonus) def. Matt Serra: $75,000
  • Drew McFedries: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus) def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam: $6,000
  • Chael Sonnen: $50,000 ($25,000 win bonus) def. Dan Miller: $15,000
  • Frankie Edgar: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus) def. Sean Sherk: $40,000
  • Brock Larson: $42,000 ($21,000 win bonus) def. Mike Pyle: $15,000
  • Tim Hague: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus) def. Pat Barry: $7,000
  • Kyle Bradley: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Phillipe Nover: $10,000
  • Krzysztof Soszynski: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Andre Gusmao: $5,000
  • Yoshiyuki Yoshida: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Wolff: $4,000
  • George Roop: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. David Kaplan: $8,000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UFC 205 gate and attendance figures released from NSAC". Mmamania.com. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  2. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2010-02-15). "UFC remains king of PPV hill". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  3. ^ "UFC 98 EVANS vs MACHIDA". Ufc.com. Archived from the original on May 8, 2009. Retrieved April 14, 2009.
  4. ^ Caplan, Sam (February 22, 1999). "Injury to Frank Mir forces cancellation of UFC 98 rematch vs. Brock Lesnar". Five Ounces of Pain. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  5. ^ Pishna, Ken (March 7, 2009). "Frank Mir says May 23 date with Lesnar no go". Mma Weekly. Archived from the original on March 10, 2009. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  6. ^ "Jackson hurt, Evans fight still in doubt". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved March 10, 2009.
  7. ^ Josh Gross, SI.com (March 11, 2009). "Rashad Evans to defend title against undefeated Lyoto Machida at UFC 98 – SI.com – Mixed Martial Arts". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved March 11, 2009.
  8. ^ "MMA – Josh Koscheck Injured, Out of UFC 98 Bout With Chris Wilson". 411mania.com. Retrieved April 3, 2009.
  9. ^ "Brock Larson In For Koscheck at UFC 98". MMA Weekly. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  10. ^ "Pyle Replaces Wilson at UFC 98". Sherdog. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  11. ^ "James Irvin Off UFC 98 With Knee Injury". Mma Weekly. Retrieved April 30, 2009.
  12. ^ "Xavier Foupa-Pokam Steps In To Fight McFedries". Mma Weekly. Archived from the original on May 3, 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2009.
  13. ^ "Ed Herman Replaces Yushin Okami at UFC 98". Mma Weekly. Retrieved May 1, 2009.
  14. ^ "Herman Out, Sonnen In vs. Dan Miller at UFC 98". MMA Weekly. Retrieved May 1, 2009.
  15. ^ "Soszynski Steps In for Alexander at UFC 98". Mma Weekly. Retrieved 2009-05-05.
  16. ^ "UFC 98 bonuses: Hughes, Serra, Machida and Larson each earn $60K". MMAjunkie. 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2018-09-26.