Card By Card is Single Blog Takedown's rundown of the major MMA events of the month.
February, for MMA fans, looks to be a good time to catch up on your Lost viewing and other television. (Like The Legend of Zelda - I'm talking gold-cartridge grumble-grumble-grumble original Zelda here - I'm convinced that one can only understand Lost if they keep a map and notebook handy.)
UFC mounts two cards and Strikeforce one, with the rest of the major promotions refusing to wake up until the weather is a little more, you know, spring-ier. None of the three cards is sporting a roster that's going to make you sit up and beg (although Strikeforce's is on Showtime so Dexter fans have already sunk their costs) but there are some interesting fights out there. The UFC is hoping that Hall of Famers and heavyweights will get you to drop your cash while Strikeforce coughs up the only title fight of the month: a tilt for their vacant women's featherweight championship. Me, I'm saving up for what should be a very strong March. (Anybody want to sell me UFC 111 tickets on the cheap?)
The headgear comes off for Cain Velasquez in February.
It's a pair of pay-per-views this month for UFC. No title fights to hang a hat on, but a few popular fighters will step back into the cage.
UFC 109 (10 PM ET, PPV) kicks off the month on February 6. The headliner pits two UFC Hall of Famers for the first time, with Randy Couture taking on Mark Coleman. Couture last fought a spotty decision victory over Brandon Vera, while Coleman's return to the UFC has been mixed, with a loss against "Shogun" Rua coupled with a win versus Stephan Bonnar. That's a pretty wide range for Coleman's skill set to fall into. It's also one of the oldest fights in UFC history - a combined age of 91 years between the two competitors. I'm through doubting Couture's ability to put on an entertaining fight, but let's see if Old Man Coleman can keep up in the cage.