Starting tomorrow and continuing for the next week, MMA fans will be treated to events from arguably the top three MMA organisations in the world.
These of course being EliteXC’s “Renegade” show, Strikeforce’s: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives and UFC 78: Validation. The two lesser organisations out of the above three will be putting on disputably, their best ever shows, while Zuffa’s event has been ridiculed for its lack of major stars and its proclaimed “weak main event”.
A large number of MMA fans have been put off by the matchups on UFC 78 that lack any real title implications and may in turn be looking for another MMA fix to satisfy their needs in the month of November.
This bodes well for tomorrows EliteXC event which will be showing off their new acquisition of Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, a world class 170 pound matchup between Jake Shields and Mike Pyle and a battle for the newly instated 160 pound Lightweight title between fan favourite Nick Diaz and K.J. Noons.
Strikeforce will also be able to take advantage with their November 16th card. This card will feature the first 4-man tournament to be sanctioned by the California State Athletic commission, a Heavyweight title fight between Paul Buentello and Alistair Overeem, a potential Light Heavyweight title fight and the always entertaining Joe Riggs and Cung Le.
These are entertaining cards with enough intriguing matchups and fighters to lure even the most casual MMA fan. This isn’t to say that they will recieve more ratings than the UFC card – they won’t – or that UFC 78 is a poor card- it isn’t – but they go a long way to gaining a lot more exposure and solidifying themselves as the “best of the rest”.
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