Strikeforce Evolution:

1.  How rusty will Cung Le be after almost two years out starring in movies?

Having heard Le describe the hectic schedule he’s kept in recent times as he tries to juggle the various movie he’s been involved with, it does rather lead to the question of what impact that will have on his fighting abilities.  Is he 100% ready both physicially and mentally for this bout?

2. Has Gilbert Melendez improved enough in the past year to reverse the outcome of his first first bout with Josh Thomson?

In their last encounter Josh Thomson seemed to have Melendez number, and claimed a convincing unanimous decision victory.  Melendez took the defeat personally and has looked an improved fighter in his recent performances,  but will it be enough?

3.  Does a 39 year old Matt Lindland still have what it takes to compete at the highest level?

When a fighter reaches his late 30’s there’s always going to be questions over how long he can continue to fight, and Matt Lindland is no exception – particularly after the brutal knockout he received in his last fight.

A win over a younger, talented fighter like Jacare would help get his career back on track, and help to silence some of the doubters.

4.  How much of an impact will the 40lbs weight difference between King Mo and Mike Whitehead have on the fight?

Originally scheduled as a light heavyweight fight, this one changed to heavyweight and Mike Whitehead took full advantage, weighing in at 261lbs.  King Mo on the other hand registered just 218lbs.

I suspect it will hinder rather than help Whitehead, particularly in the later rounds, but it’ll be interesting to see how Mo Lawal deals with the size difference.

WEC 45:

1.  How long will Donald Cerrone stand with Ed Ratcliff before he takes this fight to the floor?

Despite having a clear advantage if this fight goes to the ground, past performances would lead us to believe that Cerrone will more than likely keep this fight on the feet for at least a portion of the bout.

With Ed Ratcliff’s unorthodox, and often unexpected karate strikes always a danger, the longer Cerrone stands, the more chance there is of him being caught.

2.  Can Chris Horodecki start on another winning run like the one that made him a star in the IFL?

A string of seven consecutive wins in the IFL helped Chris Horodecki make a name for himself, but having spent much of the last year and a half on the sidelines he will have to put on one of the performances of his career against Anthony Njokuani to make his mark in the WEC.

3.  Can Rani Yahya get this fight to the ground and claim his 4th submission of the night award in a row?

With limited stand-up ability, Rani Yahya has to get this fight to the ground if he wants to win.  If he does he may well win his fourth sub win in a row in the WEC.  If he doesn’t it may be a long night for him, and an end to his three fight win streak.

4. Can Takeya Mizugaki claim a convincing win that would earn him a title shot?

Though Mizugaki is happy to entertain the idea of a rematch with Miguel Torres, who he took a decision in one of the fights of the year, he says he would rather get a title shot instead.

A convincing win over Scott Jorgensen would certainly help his case, but that is easier said than done.

Final Question:

Which card will bring us the best fights on the night?

In the head to head between two of mixed martial arts finest promotions who will come out on top in terms of sheer entertainment?