Heavyweight up-and-comer Junior dos Santos, left without an opponent when Gabriel Gonzaga was forced to withdraw from their UFC 108 matchup with a staph infection, will instead square off against controversial veteran and UFC newcomer Gilbert Yvel at the January 2 event in Las Vegas, according to Tatame.
Dos Santos (9-1) upset contender Fabricio Werdum with a first-round knockout last October in his UFC debut, then picked up back-to-back TKOs of Stefan Struve and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic in 2009.
Yvel (36-13-1), a PRIDE veteran known for assaulting a referee and multiple disqualifications, won seven-straight before impressing in a third-round TKO loss to Josh Barnett in Affliction in January, then bounced back with a first-round knockout of Pedro Rizzo in June.
UFC 108 is headlined by light heavyweight contenders Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva, and also features Tyson Griffin vs. Jim Miller and Carlos Condit vs. Paul Daley.
Pictured: Junior dos Santos