As we predicted at the weekend when the news that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira would have to pull out of UFC 108 with a staph infection first broke, Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva will now be the main event at the event which is scheduled for January 2nd.

The bout was originally intended to serve as the co-main event of the evening, but with the UFC’s injury list now at a critical level, former light heavyweight champion and current Ultimate Fighter 10 coach Rashad Evans will now become the main star on the card.

Evans is currently coming off the first loss of his career, to Lyoto Machida in his first LHW title defense, but his overall record still stands at 13-1-1 and includes wins over former champions Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell.

Ironically Thiago Silva also recieved the first loss of his career against Machida, but has since bounced back with a KO victory over Rashad’s friend and training partner Keith Jardine at UFC 102.   Silva shares a similar record to Evans of 14-1, though he has faced  less demanding competition so far.

UFC 108 will be Evans 5th time headlining a major card for the promotion, while Silva will be featuring in the main event for the first time in his career.