With the cancellation of the Nogueira vs. Velasquez at UFC 108 due to a bad staph infection on Nogueura, it has now been decided that the Rashad Evans (13-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) and and Thiago Silva (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) bout will be bumped up to the headliner Jan. 2 card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

With Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira out of UFC 108, the Ultimate Fighting Championship today announced the event’s scheduled co-headliner, Rashad Evans (13-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) vs. Thiago Silva (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC), has been moved into the night’s main-event slot.
Dana White had this to say about the change:

“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,” White stated. “At the same time, we wish Antonio Nogueira a speedy recovery and can’t wait for his return.”

Evans is looking to rebound from the first loss of his five-plus-year career. The 30-year-old lost the UFC’s light heavyweight title in May when Lyoto Machida dropped him in the second round of their UFC 98 main-event contest. “The Ultimate Fighter 2” heavyweight winner served as a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter 10” (now airing) and was expected to fight rival coach Quinton Jackson in December. A dispute with White, though, led Jackson to announce his retirement in September.

Silva also recently suffered his only loss of his career to Machida. After suffering a first-round knockout to “The Dragon” in January, Silva has since bounced back with a TKO win over Keith Jardine at UFC 102. Silva was 13-0 (4-0 in the UFC) prior to loss.

The action pack card will still be something to see without Velasquez and Nogueira.

UFC 108 full Card

  • Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva
  • Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga*
  • Carlos Condit vs. Paul Daley*
  • Tyson Griffin vs. Jim Miller*
  • Martin Kampmann vs. Rory Markham*
  • Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout*
  • Rafaello Oliveira vs. Sean Sherk*
  • Dan Lauzon vs. Cole Miller*
  • Ryan Jensen vs. Mark Munoz*
  • Jake Ellenberger vs. Mike Pyle*