December 15, 2009
The fight card with the black cloud over it is just a few weeks away. UFC 108 has been plagued by a record number of injuries and bout reschedules. UFC president Dana told Cagewriter you have to roll with the punches:
"In almost 10 years this stuff has never happened," said. "[But] it's part of the business. Trust me bro, guys getting injured and falling off, I got bigger problems than that everyday. Guess what, it's our job to make other fights."
Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva is the main event but that wasn't part of the original plan(s). We're including rumored bouts like Anderson Silva versus Vitor Belfort. Silva was unavailable because of elbow surgery. Shane Carwin was under the impression he and Brock Lesnar had their bout pushed from UFC 106 to UFC 108 that was before we knew how serious the champ's health issues were. Then came Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira versus Cain Velasquez. But Big Nog had to drop out because of staph infection.
On the undercard, Gabe Gonzaga, Carlos Condit, Tyson Griffin and Rory Markham have all pulled out because of various ailments and injuries.
"If you're a fight fan and want to see good fights, how many bad fights have we really put on?"
MMAWeekly has the latest update on the rumored card:
Rashad Evans v. Thiago Silva
Junior Dos Santos v. Gilbert Yvel
Paul Daley v. Dustin Hazelett
Joe Lauzon v. Sam Stout
Sean Sherk v. Jim Miller
Dan Lauzon v. Cole Miller
Vladimir Matyushenko v. Steve Cantwell
Mark Munoz v. Ryan Jensen
Mike Pyle v. Jake Ellenberger
Martin Kampmann v. Jacob Volkmann
Rafaello Oliveira v. John Gunderson
When asked if the card should discounted on pay-per-view or at The MGM Grand Garden Arena, White vehemently defend UFC 108:
"Our business hasn't been affected one bit. If you're a fight fan, I don't know how you don't think that that card is a great card."
White says it's not all about Lesnar, Silva and Georges St. Pierre:
"Do we have the card stacked with all those A-list guys? No, but it's a card stacked with great fights."
As I said in the video, in some ways it sends an odd message to slash the price of a pay-per-view. On the flip side, would there be anything wrong with kicking off the year with a fan appreciation PPV rate?
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