Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans earned an event-high $375,000 to top the official fighter payroll for the injury-ravaged UFC 108 card. The total payroll for the event came to just $843,000, making UFC 108 one of the cheapest pay per view cards in recent memory.

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Continuing in the 10 for ’10 series and following-up on the organizational / industry-based predictions made earlier in the week, it’s time for some predictions featuring the fighters themselves.

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The UFC’s “cursed card” delivered a night of big knockouts and exciting fights. Rashad Evans employed an effective strategy involving almost nothing but takedowns to score a unanimous decision victory over Thiago Silva in the main event of the evening.

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Former PRIDE lightweight champ Takanori Gomi has signed a multi-fight deal to compete for the UFC. That’s according to Ariel Helwani from MMAFighting.com, who issued the report last night. Gomi has long been considered one of the top lightweight talents on the planet.

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Dana White’s latest launch on a member of the media has once again generated a great deal of discussion. While the choice words White had for Sherdog’s Jake Rossen (video under the jump) were less venomous than his views on his colleague Loretta Hunt, his words have sparked discussion.

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The end of the year always brings about two types of articles – a look back at the year that was and a look ahead to the coming year.With the 10 for ’10 series, I’ll look ahead to various Mixed Martial Arts sets of ten heading into 2010, including fearless predictions.

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UFC 108 will go down Saturday, January 2nd in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first UFC of the new year sees the roster in disarray, with many of its top draws out for a number of reasons. But Heavy.com will have full coverage of the event, starting with our preview and predictions.

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How crazy is it that we’re already at 2010? For being such a monumental event, 2000 seems like forever ago, am I right? It’s time to focus in on the fights that will not only put butts in seats and money in organizational pockets in the coming year, but also bouts that will break ties and end feuds.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship 16: Battle in the Bayou!- Live from New Orleans, LA.- Your hosts are Mike Goldberg and Jeff Blatnick.- Another weight class is introduced tonight with the first ever Lightweight tournament, featuring a couple of future big names of the sport.

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