There are more than 12 compelling fights left on the 2014 calendar, but not all of them are necessarily worthy of their own slide. But they are certainly worth a nod.
Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens: These two strikers are set to square off on June 28 at UFC Fight Night 44. San Antonio will be treated to fireworks, as these two featherweights love to throw leather. Swanson is the more technical of the two, but Stephens can end a fight in with one punch. The winner will be close to a title shot, which makes things more interesting, although it could cause them to fight more conservatively.
Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis: If Rousey were fighting Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino at UFC 175, then it might top the entire list. But instead she is facing off against a scrappy but relatively unknown fighter in Davis. She could put up a fight, but it's more likely she will succumb to an armbar. That said, Rousey is still early in her UFC career, so it's worth tuning in to see her do her thing.
Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos: Benson Henderson is still one of the best fighters who is not wearing UFC gold. Dos Anjos is one of the toughest outs in the sport. The two will collide at UFC Fight Night 49 when the UFC travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the first time. A win by Bendo will keep him at the top of the lightweight heap, although he will need at least one more win before thinking about another title shot.
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Tyron Woodley: This fight was more exciting when Hector Lombard was in it. But he pulled out due to injury, and Woodley, who is looking to rebound after getting trounced by Rory MacDonald, will fill in. When you combine Kim's reckless, go-for-broke style with Woodley's athleticism and lethal striking, it is hard to see this fight booked for UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau, China, going the distance.
Michael Johnson vs. Josh Thomson: Johnson is on a hot streak right now, and some think he is a potential title contender. If he can get by Thomson, then he just might be. Johnson will need to be aggressive and push the pace if he wants the win. He has had no problem doing that in his last few fights, but Thomson will be the best fighter he has faced to date.