Primer: UFC 122/WEC 52

By Jake Rossen Nov 10, 2010
Watching a television program that’s already been cancelled can be a depressing experience. What happens to the talent -- in this case, WEC play-by-play man Todd Harris? Will the ring girl not named Brittany Palmer ever find a job as satisfying? What happens to the gaffer? (The UFC, no matter how large it grows, will never need two gaffers. In fact, I question the need for one.)

Sympathy for the working man might cloud your enjoyment of WEC 52, airing Thursday, but there are a few stories that will see resolution when the company’s roster is ported over to the UFC beginning next month; UFC 122, airing on a tape-delay Saturday, has at least one bout with title implications. Between the two, there are at least ten good fights with a zero cover charge over the next several days. Remember that when you’re asked multiple times to see “Unstoppable.”

What: WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki, an 11-bout card from The Pearl at the Palm in Las Vegas; UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami, an 11-bout card from the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.

When: Thursday, Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. ET on Versus (WEC); Saturday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. ET on Spike (UFC)

Why You Should Care: Because Urijah Faber has a big opportunity to reinvent himself as a 135-pound star following consecutive defeats at 145; because Nate Marquardt might be the best 185-pound fighter not named Anderson Silva and not having allegedly recently failed a drug test; because Alessio Sakara and Jorge Rivera have the boxing technique to force an exciting stand-up fight without embarrassing themselves; and because it’s always fun to read German newspaper propaganda about the Evil Invading Bloodsport.

Fights of the Week: Rivera/Sakara in the UFC; compact serial killer Damacio Page vs. Demetrious Johnson in the WEC.
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