by MMAWeekly.com Staff
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>(Photos by Scott Petersen –
Ultimate Fighting Championship kicks off the New Year without hesitation on
Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A card cursed with
casualties and more than a few false starts, former UFC light heavyweight
champion Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva headline UFC 108 in a bout that will
help shape the title picture in the 205-pound division.
Silva made sure that, aside from the injuries that plagued this card, there
would be no further hiccups from either of them. Both stepped on the scale at
locked on target, saying he is “100 percent focused on Thiago,” not letting
talk of a grudge match with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson hanging in the balance
is looking to put himself in position for a title shot, said simply, “I’m here
to fight and that’s what I’m going to do.”
There was a
minor hitch in the welterweight co-main event. British fighter Paul Daley,
making his second start for the promotion after a win over Martin Kampmann,
tipped the scale at 172 pounds, one pound over the limit for a non-title fight.
His opponent, Dustin Hazelett, had no trouble at all, coming in at 168 pounds.
fighter is given an hour to lose the weight he is over. Sources close the
situation, however, told MMAWeekly.com that the Nevada State Athletic
Commission would not allow Daley to cut any more weight because he “appeared
wobbly” when examined by officials. Contracts will be amended and the fight
will still take place. Daley is expected to be fined 10 percent of his fight
purse, although commission officials were not immediately available to confirm
Junior Dos Santos and Gilbert Yvel were surprisingly close in weight, Dos
Santos at 237 pounds and Yvel at 239. This is a poignant match for the
division. Dos Santos is edging close to a title shot. Yvel is trying to prove
his troubled past is just that and he is ready to make a run in the UFC.
The rest of
the fighters made weight without issue.
card airs live on pay-per-view at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on Saturday night. At
least two preliminary bouts will air live on Spike TV at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET.
will have full round-by-round coverage of the entire fight card with the first
preliminary bout scheduled to begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m.
Evans (205) vs. Thiago Silva (205)
(172) vs. Dustin Hazelett (168)
(155) vs. Sam Stout (155)
Ludwig (156) vs. Jim Miller (155)
Santos (237) vs. Gilbert Yvel (239)
Preliminary Bouts (On
Kampmann (171) vs. Jacob Volkmann (171)
(155) vs. Cole Miller (155)
(185) vs. Ryan Jensen (186)
(171) vs. Jake Ellenberger (170)
Oliveira (156) vs. John Gunderson (155)