Ever so often a group of fighters come along that possess the sturdy momentum and overall promise to make a run at their respective divisions.
Unlike most key contenders that stay positioned in yearly title discussions, these unlikely challengers often have to exceed expectations to make noise in crowded weight classes.
Whether it's a wily veteran scratching his way to the upper echelon of ranked comrades or a young go-getter itching for recognition, the list is practically open-ended.
However, based on recent victories and upcoming opportunities, here are 10 deserving fighters who are poised to make that elusive run at glory.
* Already noteworthy contenders will be sadly excluded (e.g. Urijah Faber and Travis Browne)