Evans Given Title Shot Against Griffin

In the post-fight press conference immediately after UFC 88: Breakthrough, UFC president Dana White confirmed that with his victory over Chuck Liddell, Rashad Evans gets first shot at the light heavyweight belt currently held by Forrest Griffin, according to MMAJunkie.com.  White did not release a specific date for the title bout, but made it clear to those at the press conference that Evans earned the opportunity, adding,

“(UFC CEO) Lorenzo (Fertitta), (UFC matchmaker) Joe (Silva) and I got together and thought yeah, he deserves the title shot.  How could you say, ‘No, he doesn’t deserve the shot’ after [the Liddell fight]?”

White further stated that he had a date in mind, but would not divulge that information until the UFC has had the chance to announce to announce some upcoming cards; but do not be surprised if the date of December 27 – the UFC’s New Year’s Eve event – turns out to be the date of Evans’ shot at Griffin.

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