UFC 108 took place earlier this evening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the night’s main event, Rashad Evans took on Thiago Silva in a light heavyweight contest.
In the co-main event, heavy-hitter Paul Daley faced off against submission wizard Dustin Hazelett.
Joe Lauzon returned to action against Sam Stout.
Duane “Bang” Ludwig returned to the UFC to take on Jim Miller.
Gilbert Yvel made his UFC debut against Junior dos Santos.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Rashad Evans defeats Thiago Silva via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Paul Daley defeats Dustin Hazelett via Knockout in Round One
- Sam Stout defeats Joe Lauzon via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jim Miller defeats Duane Ludwig via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
- Junior dos Santos defeats Gilbert Yvel via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Martin Kampmann defeats Jacob Volkmann via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Cole Miller defeats Dan Lauzon via Submission (Inverted Triangle Choke) in Round One
- Mark Munoz defeats Ryan Jensen via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Jake Ellenberger defeats Mike Pyle via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Rafaello Oliveira defeats John Gunderson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Junior dos Santos vs. Gilbert Yvel: You do not want to stand and bang with Junior dos Santos. He will knock you silly and that’s exactly what he did to Gilbert Yvel. After several even exchanges in the first dos Santos crushed Yvel with a huge counter left hook that sent Yvel to the mat. Junior swarmed and Herb Dean called it. JDS will need another fight or two but if he keeps this up, he could very well be a title contender at the end of the year.
Duane Ludwig vs. Jim Miller: Jim Miller makes pretty quick work of Duane Ludwig. He knocked Ludwig down early, took side control then effortlessly transitioned to full mount. As Ludwig tried to escape, Miller grabbed his arm and secured the submission.
Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout: This was not the comeback fight Joe Lauzon was hoping for. He proved to be no match to Sam Stout on the feet. Stout picked him apart for three straight rounds. Lauzon was able to take Stout down several times throughout the fight, but he couldn’t keep him there long enough to do anything substantial. Strong performance from Stout. Lauzon will get a pass for coming off a 11-month layoff and knee surgery.
Paul Daley vs. Dustin Hazelett: Wow, after a short feeling out process, BOOM, Daley knocks out Hazelett with a crushing left hook. Hazelett surprisingly didn’t even try to get the fight to the ground where he would have had as big of an advantage as Daley did on the feet. Maybe he was hoping Daley would get comfortable, forget about the takedown and catch him off guard with it? I don’t know, but his plan to stand with Daley in the opening minute was the wrong one. Another big win for Paul Daley.
Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva: Rashad Evans had a great gameplan for Thiago Silva and executed it to near perfection for the first two rounds. He was aggressive, mixing in his striking with takedowns and wrestling keeping Silva off balance. Silva was clearly behind in the third needing a submission or KO, and he nearly got it. Halfway through the third he put his hands down, stuck his chin out and taunted Evans similar to what we’ve seen Anderson Silva do. Evans didn’t bite, but it was enough of a distraction I suppose because out of nowhere Thiago rocked Rashad with a right hook. For a few moments, it appeared Thiago was actually going to pull it off. Instead, he ran out of gas. Evans recovered and hung on to earn a unanimous decision.
Assuming Rampage doesn’t take off again for another movie, him and Rashad will meet next. Dana said at the post-fight press conference it will probably happen in May.
Submission of the Night: Cole Miller
Knockout of the Night: Paul Daley
Fight of the Night: Sam Stout and Joe Lauzon
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $2 million
Bonus and live gate info via MMA Weekly