This week, four major MMA promotions will each have a fight card on cable television, meaning you will get to see at least 17 bouts this week without shelling out any more cash than you normally do for your cable bill.
This starts Wednesday night, with Strikeforce: Los Angeles on Showtime. The card is headlined by Renato "Babalu" Sobral and Robbie Lawler, in a catchweight bout that has title implications. (Go ahead, think about that one for a second.) If Babalu takes the bout, he'll likely get a shot at Strikeforce light heavyweight champ "King" Mo Lawal. With a win, Lawler will get a shot at a rematch with Jake Shields if he stays with Strikeforce, or a chance to take the vacated middleweight belt if Shields flees to the UFC.
On Thursday night, we'll see the finals of Bellator's welterweight tournament on Fox Sports. Ben Askren and Dan Hornbuckle will meet up, with the winner getting a chance to win the Bellator welterweight champ, Lyman Good. Askren wrestled in the USA Wrestling's World Team Trials this past weekend, but lost to eventual champ, Travis Paulson. Askren then tweeted, "Mission not accomplished. Thursday will go a lot smoother."
We'll then have Friday off before tuning into Spike for "The Ultimate Fighter" Finale. The show's two finalists, Court McGee and Kris McCray, will face off. After the season 11 TUF winner is chosen, two hard-hitting fighters in Matt Hamill and Keith Jardine will fight.
Finally, Sunday night, the WEC will have its spot in the limelight on Versus. The card is headlined by former lightweight champ Jamie Varner and international wrestler Kamal Shalorus to decide the WEC's number one contender. This is Varner's first foray back into the cage after losing his belt to Ben Henderson. It will be interesting to see how he responds. Not only that, but when was the last time you watched a mediocre WEC card?
What fight are you most excited about watching this week?