As an annual tradition, the UFC likes to throw a spectacular fight card to close out the year. UFC 66 had the Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz rematch that broke records in 2006. The following year, UFC 79 featured Georges St-Pierre-Matt Hughes for the title and Chuck Liddell-Wanderlei Silva in a dream matchup. And of course, last year UFC stacked UFC 92 with a trio of main events: Forrest Griffin-Rashad Evans, "Rampage" Jackson-Wanderlei Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira-Frank Mir.
So what happened this year? UFC 108
early on was looking to be a tremendous card, but a bizarre number of Injuries and health issues have scratched several planned main events and at least four other matchups.
At first, it appeared the UFC had a bankable main event on its hands with Anderson Silva
vs. Vitor Belfort
, but rehabilitation following a right elbow surgery has postponed the title match. Then three of the UFC's heavyweights went down. Gabriel Gonzaga and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira were out with staph infections and Brock Lesnar was found to have a serious medical condition, ending a title defense date with Shane Carwin. Tyson Griffin, Rory Markham (knee), Sean Sherk (cut) were others attached to the card that were forced out due to injuries.
Of Saturday's 11 fights, only six of the fights (*) will go on as initally planned. Here's what the card could have looked like compared to what the actual lineup will be on Saturday.
Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort
Shane Carwin vs. Brock Lesnar
Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Anotnio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez
Paul Daley vs. Carlos Condit
Tyson Griffin vs. Jim Miller
Martin Kampmann vs. Rory Markham
Sean Sherk vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva*
Dustin Hazelett vs. Paul Daley
Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout*
Jim Miller vs. Duane Ludwig
Junior Dos Santos vs. Gilbert Yvel
Martin Kampmann vs. Jacob Volkmann
Dan Lauzon vs. Cole Miller*
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Steve Cantwell*
Mark Munoz vs. Ryan Jensen*
Mike Pyle vs. Jake Ellenberger*
Rafaello Oliveira vs. John Gunderson*