After UFC 108 took another devastating blow over the weekend, the UFC will now be forced to promote the light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva to the night’s main event. It’s not the best headliner that the Octagon has hosted for an “end of the year” show, but title contention slots are at stake.
“The bout between Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva is a fight we always talked about as a main event, and now these guys have the chance to headline UFC 108 and kick off the new year in impressive fashion,” UFC president Dana White said about the change.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was originally scheduled to take on Cain Velasquez in the main event, but after getting another staph infection, Big Nog was forced to pull out of the bout.
The main event swap is actually the card’s second significant move. The original main event was supposed to be Brock Lesnar’s title defense against Shane Carwin, but with Lesnar’s mystery illness, nobody knows when or if that bout will ever take place.
Evans vs. Silva is being promoted as a light heavyweight contender bout, but there hasn’t been a guarantee of a title shot as of yet for the winner. Evans turned down a potential fight with Randy Couture, opting to fight the younger Silva and legitimize himself against a fellow title contender.
Couture instead took on Brandon Vera this past weekend at UFC 105 where he made a successful return to the UFC’s light heavyweight division.
Here are the fighters rumored to be participating inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on January 2nd:
Jake Ellenberger vs. Mike Pyle
Cole Miller vs. Dan Lauzon
Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout
Rafaello Oliveira vs. Sean Sherk
Mark Munoz vs. Ryan Jensen
Martin Kampmann vs. Rory Markham
Tyson Griffin vs. Jim Miller
Carlos Condit vs. Paul Daley
Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabe Gonzaga
Thiago Silva vs. Rashad Evans