When asked about the potential title aspirations of an up-and-coming fighter, UFC president Dana White commonly describes that person as being "in the mix."
Typically, a fighter in the mix is not next in line for a shot at a championship, but they are unofficially being considered for a future crack at the belt. Also, in the event of an injury to the top contender, an "in the mix" fighter is a prime candidate to replace him.
Being labeled "in the mix" is a high-pressure event. Should your next performance be spectacular, you're likely about to be groomed for a title opportunity. However, a less-than-impressive showing proves that you aren't ready for a shot at the big time.
Here is a look at 10 fighters who are only one win away from being considered "in the mix."