UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida
was a UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on May 23, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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. 
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. 
The card featured the long anticipated grudge match between
coaches Matt Hughes and Matt Serra.
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Due to injury,
Josh Koscheck was not able to participate on this card. Brock Larson stepped in as the new opponent for Chris Wilson.  Unfortunately, Chris Wilson was unable to complete the necessary medical paperwork in order to compete at the event and was replaced by  Mike Pyle.
 James Irvin was set to make his Middleweight debut against Drew McFedries, but was not able to fight due to a knee injury. Xavier Foupa-Pokam stepped in to fight McFedries. 
 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, however  Chael Sonnen stepped in to take the bout.
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.
↑ For the
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
↑ This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Evans vs. Machida fight.
↑ This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Larson vs. Pyle fight.
↑ This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the McFedries vs. Foupa-Pokam fight.
Fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses.
Fight of the Night: Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra
Knockout of the Night: Lyoto Machida
Submission of the Night: Brock Larson
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
UFC 205 gate and attendance figures released from NSAC. Mmamania.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-05.
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UFC remains king of PPV hill. sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved on 2010-02-18.
UFC 98 EVANS vs MACHIDA. Ufc.com. Retrieved on April 14, 2009.
↑ Caplan, Sam (February 22, 1999).
Injury to Frank Mir forces cancellation of UFC 98 rematch vs. Brock Lesnar. Five Ounces of Pain. Retrieved on March 7, 2009.
↑ Pishna, Ken (March 7, 2009).
Frank Mir says May 23 date with Lesnar no go. Mma Weekly. Retrieved on March 7, 2009.
Jackson hurt, Evans fight still in doubt. Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved on March 10, 2009.
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 . http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/mma/03/11/evans.machida/index.html . Retrieved March 11, 2009.
MMA – Josh Koscheck Injured, Out of UFC 98 Bout With Chris Wilson. 411mania.com. Retrieved on April 3, 2009.
Brock Larson In For Koscheck at UFC 98. MMA Weekly. Retrieved on April 7, 2009.
Pyle Replaces Wilson at UFC 98. Sherdog. Retrieved on May 22, 2009.
James Irvin Off UFC 98 With Knee Injury. Mma Weekly. Retrieved on April 30, 2009.
Xavier Foupa-Pokam Steps In To Fight McFedries. Mma Weekly. Retrieved on April 30, 2009.
Ed Herman Replaces Yushin Okami at UFC 98. Mma Weekly. Retrieved on May 1, 2009.
Herman Out, Sonnen In vs. Dan Miller at UFC 98. MMA Weekly. Retrieved on May 1, 2009.
Soszynski Steps In for Alexander at UFC 98. Mma Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-05-05. ↑
UFC 98 bonuses and awards for ‘Evans vs Machida’ PPV fights. MMAmania.com (May 24, 2009). Retrieved on May 24, 2009.