The MMA fan's cup runneth over tonight with three live regional shows to choose from:
Option 1: UWC 6: Capital Punishment from Fairfax, VA
streaming live on Sherdog.com at 6PM EST
My top pick for the evening (and hey, disclosure: I'm not an employee of the UWC). This is easily the most star-loaded (or at least prospect-loaded) card going tonight, with highly-touted UWC 135-pound champ Mike Easton (6-1) defending his newly-won strap against Josh "Taz" Ferguson in the main event, and the ever-controversial TUF alum War Machine (7-2) going against local standout Reshad Woods (4-1), whose five fights have not left the first round. As always, our own editor-in-chief Luke Thomas will be doing color commentary for the local broadcast and Sherdog stream; he'll also be updating the Bloody Elbow Twitter account live from cageside with results and pictures. Full fight card here.
Option 2: XFC 8: Regional Conflict from Knoxville, TN
live on HDNet at 9PM ET
Florida's homegrown success story, Xtreme Fighting Championships, makes its HDNet debut tonight with a card eminating from the University of Tennessee's Thompson-Boiling Arena. The main event is a featherweight title fight between Jarrod Card (7-3-1) and undefeated Bruce "The Noose" Connors (6-0), but even more entertaining will be the 205-pound bout between former Volunteers defensive end Ovince St-Preux (1-2) and debuting Floridian Ombey Mobley (4-0 amateur). Also watch out for the big boys in the heavyweight tilt between Christopher Barnett (0-0) and Jonathan Ivey (27-37), best known as the man who once dropped a "People's Elbow" in an MMA bout. Full card here.
Option 3: The Patriot Act 2 from Columbia, MO
streaming live on Purefight.org at 8PM ET
This card was supposed to feature Jeff Monson's fourth fight in five weeks, but that bout has apparently fallen through. No worries, though: former NCAA wrestling beast turned MMA prospect Ben "Funky" Askren (1-0) will now fight in the main event against Mitchell Harris (1-3). Since Askren is the only reason I have (or need) for checking this show out, I'll let BE member snet tim expound further:
Also fighting tonight is ATTs Lucas Lopes against CJ Fernandes. Lopes (8-8) has a strong background in Muay Thai and a brown belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu, I am excited to see him fight tonight. Fernandes has more experience with a record of 14-8-3, but I'm still going to go for Lopes to pull out the W.
Feel free to use this post as a discussion point for any of the three cards, and have a kick-ass Saturday night.