by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Marcus “The Wrecking Ball” Hicks takes on Ed “9mm” Ratcliff in a World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight bout March 26 from The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in a battle of undefeated fighters.

“I’m looking forward to it and hopefully all the hard work is going to pay off,” Hicks told MMAWeekly.com.

The bout with Ratcliff will be Hicks’ third fight in the WEC with wins over Sergio Gomez and Scott McAfee. He is a Golden Gloves boxer with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Asked if he prefers striking or grappling, Hicks said, “I really don’t have a favorite. I mean, whatever is going to get me the win.”

It will also be Ed Ratcliff’s third appearance in the WEC, coming off an impressive TKO victory over Alex Karalexis. Ratcliff is predominately a striker and Hicks admits to not knowing much about his opponent.

“I’ve just seen one of his fights,” he said. “He’s unorthodox. I think he likes to throw spinning back kicks.”

Discussing the fight, Hicks commented, “I’m pretty much going to do what I do and hopefully my technique is going to be better than his.”

He predicted a victory by “whatever he gives me.”

Hicks is a man of few words and likes to do his talking inside the cage. March 26, someone will be leaving without an undefeated record and the winner will be poised for a title shot.

Asked what a title bout would mean to him, Hicks said, “That would be a dream come true.”