Junior Dos Santos (9-1) may have a new opponent for UFC 108 in the form of mixed martial arts veteran Gilbert Yvel (36-13-1), who will reportedly step in to replace Gabriel Gonzaga in a heavyweight clash at "Evans vs. Silva" from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 2, 2010, according to Tatame.com.
"Napao" was forced to withdraw from the card late last month after a severe case of Staph infection.
This will be a battle between two ruthless heavyweight strikers. Yvel, the Dutch kickboxer, will be making his UFC debut after a brief run in Affliction. Dos Santos, coming off the recent destruction of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, will try to continue his meteoric rise up the UFC heavyweight ranks.
Although "Cigano" is a brown belt in jiu-jitsu under the Nogueira brothers, there may not be much ground action in his clash with "The Hurricane." These two are tailor-made for an exciting stand up WAR! Although they are both ruthless strikers, they also happen to both be very durable fighters, which is what will really make for an exciting BRAWL!
UFC 108 features a re-worked main event between former light heavyweight champion "Sugar" Rashad Evans and the hard-hitting 14-1 Thiago Silva. Power-puncher Paul "Semtex" Daley will also try to continue his ascension to the top of the welterweight contender list when he battles grappling wizard and former WEC champ Carlos "Natural Born Killer" Condit.
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(This report is a FanPost from John G. promoted to the front page and updated to include additional information)