MMA fans have a dilemma this weekend. Strikeforce: Evolution will air on Showtime at the same time as WEC 45 on Saturday night. It's not often that fight fans have to choose one show over another, as baseball, basketball and hockey fans do. So what will you watch?
Do you choose the high-flying kicks of Cung Le or the knockout power of Anthony Njokuani? The WEC debut of Christ Horodecki or the Strikeforce debut of Mo Lawal? Donald Cerrone or Josh Thomson?
Your decision might not be in your hands. Versus is no longer carried by DirecTV, so you may not be able to watch the WEC. Showtime is a subscription service, so if your heart is set on watching Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza take on Matt Lindland, you should call your cable provider right now.
You can try a bar for the WEC card; with so many sports showing on Versus, your average sports bar will carry it. Showtime is another story. I've spent too many hours on the phone trying to find a bar -- any bar -- that carries Showtime, and both in Chicago and around the Midwest, I've yet to find it. Before you head out to catch the fights at your favorite watering hole, phone first.
MMA fans, what are your plans for this Saturday? (The good news is that Cagewriter will have coverage of both cards, so if you miss something, we will fill you in.)