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UFC 98 was the single greatest moment in Machida's career.
Riding a 14-fight undefeated streak, Machida was finally granted a shot at then-champion Rashad Evans.
The heavy handed wrestler tried to stand and trade with the karate ace, a poor choice that left Evans lying limp on the canvas.
Dominating the entire fight with a flurry of combinations that Evans could not answer, Machida had his opponent on the brink of defeat multiple times during the opening frame.
However, it would be the repeated landing of accurate strikes in the second round against the cage that would finally put Evans to sleep and crown Machida the new light-heavyweight champion. According to UFC commentator Joe Rogan, it would usher in the soon to be short lived "Machida era".
Putting an end to Evans' unbeaten streak, taking Knockout of the Night honors and becoming the new UFC champion at 205, Machida showed that karate can be just as effective in the cage as any of the other disciplines.
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