This weekend, mixed martial arts fans will be treated to two solid cards as DREAM brings us DREAM.16 live from Nagoya, Japan and the Ultimate Fighting Championship gives us "UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop" from Indianapolis.
Even though these cards have been either panned (UFC 119) or overlooked (DREAM.16), they both have some merit to them and I, for one, am looking forward to both.
Late Friday night, DREAM.16 will go on the air on HDNet, featuring bouts that see Jason "Mayhem" Miller face Kazushi Sakuraba, Ikuhisa Minowa battle Satoshi Ishii and Shinya Aoki take on Marcus Aurelio. And that's not to mention a light-heavyweight title bout between Gegard Mousasi and Tatsuya Mizuno and several other interesting bouts.
Saturday night, the UFC will beam UFC 119 to the world on Spike TV and pay-per-view. That card features a heavyweight tilt between Frank Mir and Mirko Cro Cop, a light-heavyweight clash between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ryan Bader, a welterweight fight with Matt Serra and Chris Lytle and an intriguing lightweight battle between former champion Evan Dunham and Sean Sherk.
From top to bottom, I think the DREAM show definitely takes the cake, as I see UFC 119 being one of those shows that, on paper, in terms of star power, doesn't rock anyone's world, but could be solid. Or it could be another UFC 78, a solid, yet unspectacular, show on paper, that is horribly boring.
So, what's the verdict? Do you like UFC 119 or DREAM.16 better?