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2008 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
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The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events by month.
1/19 – UFC 80: Rapid Fire
1/23 – UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman
1/25 – ShoXC 4
2/1 – Strikeforce: Young Guns II
2/2 – UFC 81: Breaking Point
2/13 – WEC 32: Condit vs. Prater
2/16 – EliteXC: Street Certified
2/23 – Strikeforce: At The Dome
2/29 – IFL: Las Vegas (Start of 2008 IFL season)
3/1 – UFC 82: Pride of a Champion
3/5 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 1 (Sengoku Raiden Championship's first event)
3/15 – DREAM.1 (DREAM's first event)
3/21 – ShoXC 5
3/26 – WEC 33: Marshall vs. Stann
3/29 – Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le
4/2 – UFC Fight Night: Florian vs Lauzon
4/4 – IFL: New Blood, New Battles 2
4/5 – ShoXC 6
4/11 YAMMA Pit Fighting 1 (YAMMA Pit Fighting's first and only event)
4/19 – UFC 83: Serra vs. St-Pierre 2
4/29 – DREAM.2
5/11 – DREAM.3
5/16 – IFL: Connecticut (Last IFL event; 2008 Season never completely finished)
5/18 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 2
5/24 – UFC 84: Ill Will
5/31 – EliteXC: Primetime
6/1 – WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver
6/7 – UFC 85: Bedlam
6/8 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3
6/14 – EliteXC: Return of the King
6/15 – DREAM.4
6/21 – The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest Finale
6/27 – Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson
7/5 – UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin
7/19 – UFC: Silva vs. Irvin
7/19 – Affliction: Banned (Affliction's first event)
7/21 – DREAM.5
7/26 – EliteXC: Unfinished Business
8/3 – WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura
8/9 – UFC 87: Seek And Destroy
8/15 – ShoXC 7
8/24 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 4
9/6 – UFC 88: Breakthrough
9/13 – Strikeforce: Young Guns III
9/17 – UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Neer
9/20 – Strikeforce: At The Mansion II
9/23 – DREAM.6
9/26 – ShoXC 8
9/28 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 5
10/3 – Strikeforce: Payback
10/4 – EliteXC: Heat
10/10 – ShoXC 9 (Last EliteXC event)
10/18 – UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben
10/25 – UFC 90: Silva vs. Côté
11/1 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6
11/5 – WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown
11/15 – UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar
11/21 – Strikeforce: Destruction
12/3 – WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia
12/10 – UFC: Fight for the Troops
12/13 – The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir Finale
12/27 – UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008
12/31 – Dynamite!! 2008 (Event featured ten DREAM MMA bouts and eight K-1 kickboxing bouts)
Rafael Nadal claimed the World No. 1 ranking for the first time, on August 18, replacing Roger Federer
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Joseph Jonathan Riggs is an American professional mixed martial artist. A professional competitor since 2001, Riggs formerly competed for the UFC, WEC, Strikeforce, Bellator, ProElite, M-1 Global, and King of the Cage. Riggs is the former WEC Middleweight Champion.
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Joseph Daniel Doerksen is a Canadian retired mixed martial artist. A professional from 1999 until 2014, he fought in the UFC, WEC, IFL, King of the Cage, Aggression Fighting Championship, World Victory Road, RINGS, SuperBrawl and DEEP.
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Devin Cole is an American mixed martial artist. He is a veteran of the Seattle Tiger Sharks and Portland Wolfpack in the IFL, and has also competed in the WEC, Strikeforce, the World Series of Fighting, and Shark Fights.
Nhat Nam Si Phan, better known as Nam Phan, is an American mixed martial artist and professional boxer. A professional in mixed martial arts since 2001, Phan has also competed for the UFC, WEC, Strikeforce, World Victory Road, and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck. He has competed in Japanese MMA organization called Pancrase and has won a title of featherweight class King of Pancrase in 2015.
Jorge Santiago Rodrigues is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist. He was the first Sengoku Middleweight Champion and is the former Strikeforce Middleweight Grand Prix Champion. He has also competed for the UFC, King of the Cage, Titan FC, It's Showtime, and BodogFIGHT.
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Mike Kyle is an American professional mixed martial artist and boxer currently competing in the Heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 2001, Kyle has competed for the UFC, the WEC, Strikeforce, the World Series of Fighting, Absolute Championship Berkut, Pancrase, King of the Cage, and is the former King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Champion.
Aaron Isaac Rosa is an American former professional mixed martial artist. A professional competitor from 2005 until 2013, he has competed for the UFC, Bellator, ShoXC, and Strikeforce.
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