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Knockout of Liddell Earns Evans Title Shot Against Griffin

Rashad EvansUFC President Dana White announced at the post-UFC 88 press conference that Rashad Evans would next fight UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin for the 205-pound title, likely at the promotion’s year end event, UFC 92, on December 27th in Las Vegas.

Evans earned the title shot with a one-punch knockout of former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell in the UFC 88 main event.

Saturday’s event at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia drew a crowd of 14,736 for a live gate of $2.6 million, the second-highest gate since the arena opened in 1999.

“Me, Lorenzo (Fertitta) and Joe Silva decided tonight that Rashad would get the next shot,” said White at the press conference.

The Evans-Griffin matchup will co-headline UFC 92 along with an interim heavyweight championship bout between The Ultimate Fighter 8 coaches Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, the interim title-holder, and former champion Frank Mir.

For more on UFC 88 “Breakthrough” click here.

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