WEC vs. the UFC on TV

On Wednesday, World Extreme Cagefighting will air a live event that is sure to be exciting. A card that includes a championship fight at bantamweight between Miguel Torres and Manny Tapia and the debut of NCAA wrestling champion Johny Hendricks and former IFL featherweight champion Wagnney Fabiano that airs for free on cable is sure to be a draw for any MMA fan. Except ...

Over on Spike, the two last episodes of the Ultimate Fighter will air. These shows will feature semifinal match-ups between Ryan Bader and Eliot Marshall, Vinny Magalhaes and Krzysztof Soszynski at light heavyweight and Efrain Escudero and Junie Browning, and Phillipe Nover and George Roop at lightweights. Four fights in two hours, plus all the fun that Stankie, Nog, Mir and Dana White provide. What does a fight fan do?

For many of us, a DVR is the answer but that's not available to everyone. The bigger question is why Zuffa, the parent company for both the WEC and the UFC, would choose to cannibalize itself. WEC events have aired on Sundays before. Presumably, a Wednesday was chosen to avoid the NFL, but I would have much rather watched fights than the travesty of the Bears and the Vikings last night. The WEC starts at 8 p.m. ET and the Ultimate Fighter airs its last two episodes starting at 9 p.m. ET. What will you watch?

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