Rashad Evans Questions Lyoto Machida’s Punching Power

Written by Tom Ngo
June 5th, 2009


“Man, You Hit like a…” – Despite his UFC 98 loss to Lyoto Machida, former UFC champ Rashad Evans states he was wasn’t too impressed with Machida’s punching power.

Surprisingly, the overly-confident Evans sounded as though he had already lost his strap before he even set foot inside the Octagon. The TUF 10 coach stated that the expectations and demands of being the UFC light heavyweight champion got his mind so twisted that he couldn’t even practice.

Evans talked openly about getting his tail kicked thoroughly in practice, and no matter what he tried, he wasn’t able to do jack about it. In fact, he claims to have even gotten whooped in his dreams.

Now that’s rough. Who was he fighting, The Ghost of Christmas Past?

At what weight class?

In regards to losing his first professional MMA bout, Evans expressed that it was the best thing to ever happen to him. Getting Machida’s fist imprint on his grill helped him put things into perspective and he is now ready to move forward.

“It’s sad that you have to lose consciousness to get a wakening,” Evans said.

Although Machida spanked him in under 3Rounds, the confident-borderline-cocky fighter wasn’t so eager to give the newly-crowned champ props for jacking his belt. In fact, before he was sent tumbling to the ground, “Sugar” was telling Machida, “Man, you hit like a…”

It appears as though he wants to use a word that rhymes with’ itch,’ but stops just short. The final seconds of that fight is shown in the clip below, so you can judge for yourself.

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