The UFC provides such diverse action, so many amazing fights, that sometimes it's hard to pick a favorite. But Bleacher Report's lead MMA writers, Jonathan Snowden and Jeremy Botter, were up to the task, pinpointing four fights that they can't wait to see in 2012.
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve (UFC 146, May 26, 2012):
The UFC 146 main card is packed to the brim with heavyweight action. Junior dos Santos will defend his heavyweight title against Frank Mir
, but Snowden believes the battle brewing between Hunt and Struve will steal the show.
Hunt, a former K-1 kickboxing champion, is almost as wide as he is tall. Struve, a lanky kid approaching seven feet tall, is almost comically different in proportion. When they meet in the cage, it should be hilarious—and hilariously violent.
Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson (UFC 150, August 11, 2012):
Earlier this year, Henderson shocked the world and took the lightweight title from Edgar. It was such a dynamic and close fight that UFC management has asked them to run it back. Top contender Nate Diaz will be watching carefully as these two battle for the belt at 155 pounds.
Ian McCall vs. Demetrius Johnson (UFC on FX 3, june 8, 2012):
In the first fight between these two flyweights, Johnson had his hand raised, but wasn't the winner. Make sense? Of course not. Apparently, athletic commission officials miscounted the judge's scorecards and declared Johnson the winner of a fight that was actually a draw. The two will continue their battle on FX in what should be an explosive contest of speed and technique.
Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson (UFC 151, September 1, 2012)
Jones, the 24-year-old prodigy, will defend his light heavyweight title for the fourth time against old man Henderson. One week after his 42nd birthday, Henderson will attempt to do the impossible—beat Jones in the center of the cage. Packing power in his right hand, Henderson has a puncher's chance. But both Botter and Snowden agree, for once, that this one is mostly anticipated for what will surely be another masterful performance from the young champion.
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