Published Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 | 5:04 p.m.
Updated Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 | 6:59 p.m.
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Amazingly, all 20 fighters on the UFC 108 card managed to make it on stage and leave without suffering severe injuries.
The seemingly cursed event had to be restructured numerous times over the last few months as one fighter after another pulled out of the card because of injury or illness.
All but one of the fighters made weight during Friday's official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Welterweight Paul Daley, who is scheduled to fight Dustin Hazelett in the event's co-main event, came in slightly heavy at 172 pounds.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission denied Daley the standard opportunity to cut further when he seemed wobbly before the weigh-in. Daley forfeited 10 percent of his purse for coming in overweight.
Main event fighters Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva both came in at 205 pounds.
Although the fight was made based on hype that the two had exchanged looks after Silva knocked out Evans's training partner Keith Jardine in August, they clearly have a mutual respect for one another.
"When you're facing an opponent like Thiago Silva, any distraction would be a mistake," said Evans, when asked if it was hard to focus on Silva after he had initially prepared for a meeting with Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson. "I didn't make that mistake, and I'm 100 percent focused on this fight."
Silva, who speaks little English, also complimented his opponent.
"Rashad is a tough guy," Silva said. "But I'm here to fight. That's what I want to do."
Rahad Evans (Rashad Evans (205) vs. Thiago Silva (205)
Paul Daley (172) vs. Dustin Hazelett (168)
Joe Lauzon (155) vs. Sam Stout (155)
Duane Ludwig (156) vs. Jim Miller (155)
Junior Dos Santos (237) vs. Gilbert Yvel (239)
Martin Kampmann (171) vs. Jacob Volkmann (171)
Dan Lauzon (155) vs. Cole Miller (155)
Ryan Jensen (186) vs. Mark Munoz (185)
Jake Ellenberger (170) vs. Mike Pyle (171)
Rafaello Oliveira (156) vs. John Gunderson (155)