The World Extreme Cagefighting's (WEC) first pay-per-view event will also be handing out a freebie. The WEC plans to air two preliminary bouts Saturday on Spike TV.
The following is a breakdown of the two fights; I plan to do the same for the main card later.
Fight No. 1
Alex Karalexis (10-4-0) vs. Anthony Pettis (9-1-0) in a lightweight bout.
Karalexis, a UFC/WEC veteran, will take on up-and-coming Anthony Pettis. Karalexis was on the TUF show, and was originally a welterweight. Karalexis saw his UFC stint come to an end with back-to-back loses to Kenny Florian and Jason Von Flue. After posting a win in a minor organization, Karalexis made his WEC debut in 2006 with a win over bully beat-down extraordinaire, Thomas Denny .
Following a win over Olaf Alfonso, Karalexis dropped to lightweight, and got a win in his debut against Josh Smith at WEC 28. After that fight, Karalexis lost by TKO to fighters Ed Ratcliff and Bart Palaszweski. Alex’s last fight was a win over Greg McIntyre at WEC 39 by way of TKO in the first round.
The key to this fight is the difference in the two fighters' recent fight activity. Karalexis hasn’t fought in a year, while Pettis fought just last month. The key to look for is to see if Karalexis has signs of rust. Karalexis will look to use his heavy hands to end this fight early. He may not have the striking advantage, but he will have a puncher's chance.
Karalexis should also look get take downs if Pettis is leaving himself vulnerable with leg kicks. He should try to dictate where the fight takes place against the longer, faster fighter. Karalexis will have to use all of his experience in dealing with the up-and-coming Pettis.
Pettis may be a newcomer at the age of 23, but he is no pushover.
His last win over Danny Castillo was the event's KO of the night. The key here is that fight was only a little more than a month ago on March 6. Pettis is taking this fight on short notice because of an injury to Zach Minklewright, and since he suffered virtually no damage in the Castillo fight, he decided to get a shot at the bigger name fighter Karalexis.
Anthony Pettis should look to use his long reach and speed to move in and out against the shorter fighter. Pettis has shown he has knockout power, but I wouldn’t be quick to get into a brawl with the more experienced Karalexis. He should also try to take it to Karalexis early as the weight-cut and age difference might make it harder for Alex in the later rounds.
I see the youthful speed of Pettis being the deciding factor in this fight.
Both fighters have lost to Bart Palaszweski, although Pettis went the distance against him. I think the long lay-off for Karalexis only makes things worse for him. I see Pettis winning this fight by TKO (Round Two). We will need to look out for Pettis as I think he is a good prospect.
Fight No. 2
Leonard Garcia (13-5-1) vs. Jung Chan Sung (10-1-0) in a featherweight bout.
Garcia, the WEC veteran, will step in to replace an injured Cub Swanson in this featherweight bout. Garcia will face a WEC newcomer in Sung, who has competed in the Sengoku organization overseas.
I see Garcia keeping Sung off balance with his versatility, and he should mix up his strikes and take downs. Garcia has competed as large as 155 pounds, and will probably be the bigger fighter coming into Saturday.
Fighting out of Greg Jackson's camp, Garcia should have no problem taking it to the ground as well. Garcia should look to avoid getting overaggressive because should he take down Sung, he doesn’t want to get caught in a submission.
Sung should look to pick his spots when dealing with the explosive Garcia. Sung looks to have a knack for submissions with 60 percent of his wins coming by way of tap-out. Sung will want to avoid getting into a slug fest with Garcia, as he should look to pick apart an aggressive Garcia.
Sung will no doubt have to rise to the occasion with this step up in competition. This is Sung’s WEC debut and we have seen in the past fighters having difficulty adjusting to the different atmosphere. It will be totally different than what Jung Chan Sung is used to dealing with in Japan, as the American MMA is much different in terms of rules and atmosphere.
I see all the obstacles Sung will have to overcome as factors that will make him lose. He is facing the more experienced, larger fighter in Garcia, and is completely new to the cage and the rules that accompany it.
I have Garcia winning this fight by TKO (Round Three).
That wraps up the Spike TV undercard. Tell me what you think.