December 19th 2009, now mark this date into your calendar. On December 19th, two of the most elite Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotions in the world will collide on free-to-air television. Now in this modern day with the advances in technology this doesn't seem to be much of an issue to catch both events at the same time, but, the question still remains: 'Which one will you be tuning in to watch?'
In the red corner we have World Extreme Cage-fighting; an organisation that focuses on the lighter weight classes of Bantamweight, Featherweight and Lightweight. It is also known for having a consistent nature of providing some of the most action packed MMA shows that the world has to offer.
‘WEC 45’ is headlined by Donald "The Cowboy" Cerrone looking to bounce back after his controversial, Unanimous-Decision loss to Interim Lightweight Champion, Ben Henderson. He will be facing the heavy-handed striker –who has won three of his four WEC appearances- Ed Ratcliff. Additionally the Bantamweight show-stopper Takeya Mizugaki attempts to continue his run back to a Title Shot; as he faces 7-3 Scott Jorgensen. Lastly Joseph Benavidez is set to take on Rani Rahya.
In the blue corner we have Strikeforce; which is considered to be the Number Two MMA Promotion in the world by the vast majority of the MMA. Strikeforce is also just coming off a very successful event that was headlined by who is widely considered the best of MMA that the world has to offer; Fedor Emelianko. His victory was taken by TKO over the then undefeated Brett Rogers.
The upcoming event ‘Strikeforce: Evolution’ is headlined by undefeated Cung Le, returning to MMA after over a year of absence. He will be facing the experienced-striker, Scott Smith. Matt Lindland also looks to bounce back following his devastating loss to Vitor Belfort when he faces DREAM veteran Ronald "Jacare" Souza. Robbie Lawler and Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal are also scheduled to be on the card with opponents to be named at a later date.
This is an attack in the ratings battle; and I like Scott Coker’s aggressive approach. I agree that he is showing that he’s not afraid of the competition. Now this is not a direct knock-out blow to the UFC, but is definitely a kidney shot at least. WEC & UFC are both owned by Zuffa and Scott Coker being an intelligent business man knows at this point in time, that he simply cannot go against the UFC. Instead he is charging head-to-head against the next best thing, WEC.
Remember the date; write it on your calendar, set a reminder on your phone, write a sticky note or whatever it is you do, but just don't miss December 19th, 2009.