MMA: Separating Contenders from Pretenders in 2012

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MMA: Separating Contenders from Pretenders in 2012
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Contenders, not to be mistaken with pretenders, are fighters that have a legitimate shot at dethroning the champion in their respected weight classes.

With the champions in the UFC as dominant as they've been, only a certain few have a real chance at taking their belts, so from Anderson Silva to George St-Pierre to Jon Jones, finding worthy opponents can be a chore.

Lucky for them and the rest of the champions in the company, they have steep challenges placed ahead of them.

These are the real contenders, along with the real pretenders, in the UFC, and you might be surprised by which are which.

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