“Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II” Challenges “The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale”

Written by Tom Ngo
December 3rd, 2010

Strikeforce Middleweight Light Heavyweight Dan Henderson

The lineups for Saturday’s live DVR battle are officially set. With two major mixed martial arts promotions jumping off in the same evening, at the very same time, how is an MMA fan to choose?

Strikeforce’s end of the year bash will feature the eagerly awaited light heavyweight rematch between MMA icons Dan Henderson and Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Hendo took a majority decision in their scrap over a decade ago and Babalu hasn’t forgotten about it.

Jonathan Brookins and Michael Johnson will vie for the highly coveted six-figure UFC contract at “The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale.” A 205-pound contest between TUF 1 finalist Stephan Bonnar and Igor Pokrajac will headline the UFC’s event.

Showtime will broadcast “Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II” starting at 10PM ET/PT, while the Octagon’s show will air on Spike at 9PM ET/PT. Unfortunately, fanatics will be required to have access to an east coast feed in order to watch either of the shows live.

Strikeforce’s promotion is on a premium cable network, while the TUF 12 Finale is completely free. If you were to parlay that, along with the glitz and glamor attached to every Octagon event, it will likely prove to be another winning night for the world’s premier MMA company.

But the question is, who will take the live DVR face-off in your household?

We have provided the rosters for both events to help you make your critical decision:

“Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II”

Preliminary Bouts:

Cortez Coleman vs. Lucas Lopez
Matt Ricehouse vs. Tom Aaron
Booker DeRousse vs. Colton Cole
J.W. Wright vs. Josh Epps
Lee Brousseau vs. Mike Glenn
Terrell Brown vs. Patrick Cummins
Justin Lawrence vs. Max Martytniouk
Fernando Bettega vs. Wayne Phillips

Main Bouts:

Benji Radach vs. Ovince St. Preux
Antonio “Big Foot’’ Silva vs. Mike Kyle
Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Lindland
Scott Smith vs. Paul Daley
Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Dan Henderson (Light Heavyweight Bout)

“The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale”

Preliminary Bouts:

Rich Attonito vs. Dave Branch
Pablo Garza vs. Fredson Paixao
Will Campuzano vs. Nick Pace
Ian Loveland. vs. Tyler Toner
Kyle Watson vs. Sako Chivitchian
Cody McKenzie vs. Aaron Wilkinson

Main Bouts:

Nam Phan vs. Leonard Garcia
Johny Hendricks vs. Rick Story
Kendall Grove vs. Demian Maia
Jonathan Brookins vs. Michael Johnson (TUF 12 Finalists)
Stephan Bonnar vs. Igor Pokrajac

Don’t forget to follow @5thRound on Twitter, Facebook and Google+!