I don't believe in curses. Not the curse of the Billy Goat, the Bambino or Keith Hernandez. However, if curses do exist, one has befallen the first UFC card of 2010, UFC 108. Consider:
-- Brock Lesnar/Shane Carwin was originally rescheduled for 108 after their bout was pushed from 106 because of Lesnar's illness. When Lesnar's illness still kept him from training, their main-event bout was canceled.
-- Next, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira/Cain Velasquez was pushed to main-event status until the bout was canceled due to Nog's staph infection.
-- Carlos Condit was the next fighter who had to withdraw. He had a severe infection in his hand that required surgery and an extended hospitalization that seemed to get to Condit's head. Dustin Hazelett replaced Condit on the card and will face Paul Daley.
-- Jim Miller has had three different opponents for 108. First, it was Tyson Griffin who withdrew, and then last night, word came out that Sean Sherk had to withdraw because of a cut. Miller will now face Duan Ludwig.
-- Rory Markham was set to face Martin Kampmann, but Markham sustained a knee injury. Kampmann will now face Jacob Volkmann.
Wow. After reading through that, it's hard not to believe that this card is cursed. At the same time, MMA is a tough sport and one that requires close contact to train. Injuries and infections are inevitable. While it's an awful coincidence that they are all happening to the fighters on one card, there is no curse.
But to be sure, I'm throwing salt over my shoulder as I write this.