Even though there has been an unreal number of fighters pull out of UFC 108, the show will still go on. Las Vegas and the MGM Grand will host to what is being called the most cursed card in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The main event was scheduled to be Brock Lesnar versus Shane Carwin. Lesnar became ill and hasn't trained since. Anderson Silva, Carlos Condit, Sean Sherk, and Tyson Griffin all at one point were scheduled to fight at UFC 108. Fight fans will not get to see any of those guys tonight. Many fans have said the only way they would buy the pay per view was if they got it at a discount. The UFC laughed at that idea.
The fight cards that lack a lot of star power or that people bash typically produces the best fights. There a few very nice matchups on this card and I expect another entertaining evening of mixed martial arts. Let's take a look at the highlights.
Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva
While I have to agree this isn't worthy of a pay per view main event fight, I do really like both fighters. Two top ten guys in the light heavyweight division looking to crawl back into title contention. Evans and Silva both recently suffered knockout losses to current champ Lyoto Machida. Evans should have the advantage on the ground and the slight striking edge will go to Silva. I have a feeling that this one isn't going to the scorecards. I'm a huge Rashad fan but I like Silva to win via knockout and show the crowd his throat slash victory celebration.
Joe Lauzon vs Sam Stout
Fights at the lightweight limit of 155 pounds in my opinion are the best in the UFC. Lightning quick technically sound guys going toe to toe. That is what we have in this matchup of two crowd pleasing action packed fighters. Joe Lauzon is another guy who I will never miss when he fights. He has had a long nearly one year layoff but he is a gym rat. Stout hasn't fought in close to eight months. Both fighters are hungry to get back on the winning track. Lauzon is the more well rounded fighter and I look for him to get his hand raised.
Junior Dos Santos vs Gilbert Yvel
A true heavyweight clash here. Dos Santos is considered by many a legit title contender. Yvel is making his first trip into the octagon. If you want aggressiveness, then you will want to tune in and see Yvel fight. He has had many problems in the past with illegal tactics and getting DQ'ed. He even struck an officials years ago. When his head is on straight however, Yvel is a very tough fighter. This one has knockout of the night or fight of the night written all over it. I'm excited for this one.
Full fight card:
Rashad Evans vs. Thiago SilvaPaul Daley vs. Dustin HazelettJoe Lauzon vs. Sam StoutDuane Ludwig vs. Jim MillerJunior Dos Santos vs. Gilbert YvelMartin Kampmann vs. Jacob VolkmannDan Lauzon vs. Cole MillerRyan Jensen vs. Mark MunozJake Ellenberger vs. Mike PyleRafaello Oliveira vs. John Gunderson
Again, UFC 108 does lack that star power we are used to seeing. That being said, there are a number of fights that have the potential to be fire work displays. On paper, almost all fights would be considered pick ems. That usually means fast paced fights with some highlight reel knockouts mixed in. I'll be tuning in.