Since Shogun is out… Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans for the UFC Interim title

According to his manager, Ed Soares, former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida calls for an interim title fight with Rashad Evans to determine a suitable opponent for current champ, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua when he makes his return in March.

Ed Soares, speaking via, said:

“Honestly, we’d like to fight ‘Shogun’. Now it’s 1-1. It’s even. Let’s do this rubber match. Let’s figure this out. Granted, he won by decision and Lyoto won decisively, but anyone can get caught in this sport. He went in for the kill, and unfortunately, he got caught.”

“Since ‘Shogun’ is out – they’re saying until March – personally, when there’s an injured champion, I would love to see maybe a Rashad-Lyoto match for the interim title. I think that would be something that would be cool, and the winner of that would get to fight ‘Shogun’ when he’s all healed up in the spring of next year.”

“One of the coolest things [Machida] told me after the fight (with Rua) was he really, truly feels like a complete fighter now. He knows what it feels like to win. He knows what it’s like to be a champ, and now he knows what’s it’s like to lose. It’s going to make him a better fighter – a better person. I guarantee you, he’s going to come back as the best fighter you’ve ever seen. This has only improved him.”

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