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Report: Junior Dos Santos vs. Gilbert Yvel Slated for UFC 108

(Good thinkin’, ref — give Pedro a few more seconds to wake up.)

A rumor that was reported in August then quickly debunked has been re-animated thanks to Tatame. According to Luis Dorea, boxing coach for UFC heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos, "Cigano" will next step into the Octagon at UFC 108 (January 2, Las Vegas) against the Dirty Dutchman himself, Gilbert Yvel. Said Dorea: "We know Gilbert is a very strong guy, he likes to fight standing, but ‘Cigano’ is better in striking now. We’re doing our job and I know we’re gonna get the victory."

Yvel last competed at Ultimate Chaos: Lashley vs. Sapp in June, where he crushed Pedro Rizzo in the first round. If the Tatame report is accurate, Yvel would be coming in as a replacement for Gabriel Gonzaga, who recently went down with a staph infection. We wouldn’t exactly call Yvel a tough test for the ferocious and well-rounded Dos Santos at this point, but it does keep Junior busy against a credible opponent while the rest of the heavyweight division sorts itself out. Speaking of which, Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is definitely on for February in Australia — possibly for an interim heavyweight title — and Brock Lesnar is still in real bad shape.

After the jump: Yvel’s one-and-done head-kick KO of Gary Goodridge at PRIDE 10, and his May 2004 fight against Cheick Kongo.

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MyFightWiffaCheeto- December 5, 2009 at 12:51 pm
But what about Pedro Martinez vs. Don Zimmer II?
UFC fan- December 4, 2009 at 7:48 pm
"G Funk Says:
Fri, 12/04/2009 - 16:44

"kangO" is my schloong sliding in yo mama's mouth you fag azz biznitch....


I wondered why mom called you "Vienna sausage", now I know.
skyjo- December 4, 2009 at 6:38 pm
Did you see how Yvel let up as soon as he saw Goodridge was out of it? What a classy, classy individual.
G Funk- December 4, 2009 at 4:44 pm
"kangO" is my schloong sliding in yo mama's mouth you fag azz biznitch....

G Funk- December 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm
"cigano" better tackle him quick cause Yvel KO's niggas wit slaps!

I would love to see Yvel vs. A. Silva!!! 8-D
Mex- December 4, 2009 at 2:32 pm
Yvel is going to ruin Dos Santos' shit. I laugh in your face CP for not realizing this. Does Steve Coefield write for CP now!?
UFC fan- December 4, 2009 at 2:17 pm
who the fuck is "kangO"?
mthomas- December 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm
Props to Rex & Sakuraba: Both yer comments just made me LOL. Maybe the weed helped a bit too. But funny stuff, regardless.
skeletor- December 4, 2009 at 2:07 pm
@ sakuraba3900
Hopefully it's Mazagatti

@ Levi Jones
Who could?
Levi Jones- December 4, 2009 at 1:58 pm
Anyone else notice the racist announcers can't tell Yvel and Kongo apart?
Sakuraba3900- December 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm
At UFC 108 we will all witness the first time 2 men are knocked out at the same time in the octagon... Yves Lavigne and Cigano will lay lifeless on the mat as Yvel climbs over the cage looking to bite the nose of Dana White off.

Its gonna be fucking awesome.
ReX13- December 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm
Dos Santos better knock him out in the first, otherwise...

Yvel in first few seconds of round 2 via shank.
meanfinger- December 4, 2009 at 1:49 pm
he's gonna need his protective stunna shades for this fight.. junior " curly" dos santos wants to skewer his retna
skeletor- December 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm
Yvel winning wouldn't be so bad, I don't think it would completely discredit Dos Santos and it would add another credible HW to the growing division. Should be a good scrap if they keep it standing.

I think the UFC still made a big mistake cutting Werdum based on that one performance.
CubicalGangster- December 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm
Fuck yes! So excited to finally see Yvel in the octagon, I really hope Dos Santos keeps this standing.