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What to watch: WSOF 12, Metamoris 4, or UFC 167 rerun?

If you are an MMA or combat sports fan, this is an interesting week to behold.

There have been some fun boxing cards on tv this week, but for MMA fans, it's been mostly bad news all week.

From the two grisly domestic disputes in the Josh Grispi and "War Machine" households, to the UFC 178 media day brawl, negative headlines have dominated the MMA airwaves.

However, there is salvation for MMA fans tonight. In fact there are three options. One is a live MMA event, one is a replay of a terrific MMA event, and then there is a jiu jitsu promotional card. So, which one should fans watch?

Let's start off with the live MMA card. For the twelfth time, the World Series of Fighting is holding a card, and its newest offering comes just over a month after it's two best offerings. So, this should be the clear cut leader for what to watch tonight, right?

Unfortunately, things aren't as great as they seem. If WSOF 10 and 11 were like two epic UFC cards, WSOF 12 (10/9c, NBC Sports Network) is like UFC 161 or 174. Basically, it's not the best looking card, at all, at least in terms of name recognition and entertainment on paper.

In the main event, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Capoeira black belt Luis Palomino (22-9) takes on undefeated Lewis Gonzales (9-0). Both fighters won their first WSOF bouts, and the winner might get a title shot against current WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje, who disposed of Nick Newell in his first title defense just a month ago.

Also on the five-fight main card is former UFC middleweight Ronny Markes, former WSOF Middleweight challenger Elvis Mutapcic, 42-year-old former Olympic bronze medalist and Bellator bantamweight Alexis Vila, and a prospect bout.

In the co-main event of the evening, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Ronny Markes (14-3) makes his Light Heavyweight return against Cully Butterfield (13-3). After starting his career 14-1, a pair of knockout losses to Yoel Romero at UFC Fight for the Troops 3 and Thiago Santos at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs Henderson 2 resulted in Markes' dismissal from the UFC. He began his UFC tenure with decision victories over Karlos Vemola, Aaron Simpson and Andrew Craig, before those two losses.

His opponent, Cully Butterfield, has never fought a known name. However, he does boast seven knockout wins, so maybe he can catch Markes' suspect chin. He is fighting on short notice in place of Kelvin Tiller, who is now facing Elvis Mutapcic after Mutapcic's original opponent, Krasimir Mladenov. Unless Markes gets knocked out, this could be a boring affair.

One fight that likely will not disappoint is the catchweight bout between Elvis Mutapcic and Kelvin Tiller. Mutapcic (13-3 )holds wins over current UFC fighters Zak Cummings, Sam Alvey and Cezar Ferreira, while Tiller (6-0) won three times with Bellator in the past, including a win over TUF 19 semifinalist Dan Spohn.

Tiller has finished five of his fights, while eleven of Mutapcic's wins have ended via stoppage. While his last fight, the Inaugural WSOF Middleweight Championship bout against Jesse Taylor in december was fairly snoozeworthy, this one likely won't be.

Prior to that fight, former wrestling World Champion, Olympic bronze medalist, Michigan State wrestling coach and Bellator bantamweight Alexis Vila takes on Brandon Hempleman. Vila (14-4) won the Wrestling World Championships in 1993 and 1994, as well as the Pan American Games of 1995, before winning a bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. After that, he coached future UFC stars Rashad Evans and Gray Maynard at Michigan State University.

Vila began his MMA career in 2007, after a three year prison sentence. The reasoning behind his sentence was a car crash at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 2004. Authorities believed it was an attempt of terrorism, and the former wrestling star was imprisoned as a result.

After winning his first nine fights, Vila was given a chance to partake in the Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament. He stunned the MMA world by knocking out then Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren in the tournament's opening round in just over a minute, before defeating Marcos Galvao via split decision in the next round.

Vila suffered his first loss against eventual Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas, and after losing his next bout against Luis Nogueira in April 2012, Vila was out of the promotion. In his next fight, he lost to current UFC Flyweight Josh Sampo via decision at CFA 9 for the promotion's Inaugural Flyweight Championship, making it his third straight loss.

Since his three-fight losing streak, Vila has gone 3-1, going 1-1 with WSOF. His promotional debut against Josh Rettinghouse at WSOF 6 resulted in a unanimous decision loss, while his next fight against Sidemar Honorio at WSOF 8 was a unanimous decision victory.

His opponent, Brandon Hempleman (9-2), got smashed by Marlon Moraes at WSOF 4 364 days ago. Prior to that, he had won six straight. This bout should be an interesting one.

Also interesting is the main card opener between Bantamweights Bryson Hansen (7-1) and Matt Sayles (2-0). Sayles made his pro debut in January, and won both of his fights via 1st round knockout. His total fight time is barely over two minutes! Hansen has won five times via knockout, including a suplex! In his WSOF debut at WSOF 9 in March, Hansen finished Sean Cantor in 46 seconds.

This fight should be a burner, and the card should be fairly entertaining. However, is it more worthy of a watch than a rerun of UFC 167?

One of the most highly anticipated and best cards of 2013, UFC 167 was a damn good card. It featured what might be the final fight of Josh Koscheck, Chael Sonnen and longtime UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre's careers, and set the stage for UFC 171's main event.

The main card saw recent UFC Flyweight title challenger Ali Bagautinov beat Tim Elliott, Tyron Woodley blast former UFC Welterweight title challenger Josh Koscheck into oblivion, the resurgent Robbie Lawler upset Rory Macdonald to earn a title shot, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans dispatch of perennial trash talker and UFC Middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen in the first round, and St. Pierre controversially defeat current UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks for his final title defense.

The 20th Anniversary card will replay on FS1 at 8/7c, and is definitely worthy of another watch.

Then, there's the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu card, Metamoris 4. Basically, each bout is one twenty-minute round. There is no striking, only grappling, and the only way to win is via submission. If neither combatant is able to pull off a submission, the match results in a draw. Basically, if you don't like grappling, this event is not for you, and you shouldn't spend $30 on the online stream.

However, for those of you who do give a damn about grappling, the card is an intriguing mix of MMA fighter against grappling superwizard. The six-fight card has Chael Sonnen of UFC fame, taking on former DREAM and Strikeforce veteran, and current Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu superstar Andre Galvao. Galvao, a 3rd degree black belt, has accomplished so much in the discipline that's it's too much to display. Basically, it's submission star, against the victim of one of the most famous submissions in MMA history (see UFC 117).

In the co-main event, longtime MMA star Josh Barnett takes on Dean Lister. A 2nd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelt and holder of 20 submission wins, Barnett is no joke on the ground. His opponent, fellow MMA fighter, 2nd degree black belt and former King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Lister. Lister is currently a Middleweight fighter, so there's a clear size advantage for Barnett. Still, crazy things can happen, and this isn't an MMA fight.

Also on the card are matchups between Barret Yoshida and submission wrestler Jeff Glover, TUF 8 runner up Vinny Magalhaes and Andre Galvao pupil Keenan Cornelius, 4th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo black belt Saulo Ribeiro against Rodrigo Medeiros, and the opening fight is between Garry Lee Tonon and Kit Dale. the card begins at 9/8c.

So, what should the combat sports fan do tonight? First, I'd say watch the UFC 167 rerun, and once that's over, move over to the WSOF 12 main card. That way, you can get about eight or nine bouts into your system, and the thirst for MMA action can be quenched.

Yes, that also means that I believe Metamoris 4 should be skipped. Why? Because I don't believe $30 for a Jiu-Jitsu card is worth it, especially when the charge used to be $20. Clearly, Metamoris is charging extra for the name recognition, and I'm not feeling it. Besides, the card, or at least some of the matches will wind up on Youtube eventually, and at the very least, highlights of the matches will show up on Inside MMA next Friday as they have for the previous Metamoris cards. Oh, and if you want more boxing, there's the Danny Garcia vs. Rod Salka card on Showtime, which also features Lamont Peterson.

So, there you go. Hope everyone enjoy all the fights!

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