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Staying ahead of the pack won't be easy for Evans

History has shown winning the UFC light heavyweight title is the easy part; it's staying champion that's proven so difficult. Newly crowned king Rashad Evans will have no shortage of challengers vying for his title, writes Franklin McNeil.

Originally Published: December 28, 2008
By Franklin McNeil | Special to ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Becoming champion is a goal every fighter in the UFC shares. Rashad Evans achieved that goal Saturday at UFC 92 with a third-round TKO of Forrest Griffin.

But if recent light heavyweight title fights are any indication, Evans' reign as champion could be brief. Evans, however, is a man on a mission. He plans to retain the title for a very long time.

To do so, he must stave off several of the best fighters in mixed martial arts. The light heavyweight talent ...

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