If MMA has shown us anything in recent weeks, it is that it is an unpredictable sport.
Fedor losing his indestructible enigma and Brock Lesnar delivering a fine come from behind victory to defend his UFC Heavyweight title only reminded fans of how hard it is to make predictions.
With that in mind, I thought I'd give the crystal ball game a go.
So here are the fighters who I think will be the champions of their UFC divisions when 2011 rolls around.
Let me know your picks!
Yes, his time will finally come.
In this writer's opinion, the best fighter at Lightweight not named BJ Penn will finally get his hands on the gold by the end of the year.
This is how I see it going down.
UFC 118 will obviously play a pivotal part in the future of the 155-lbs division as the event features the Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn rematch and the No.1 contender fight between Gray Maynard and Kenny Florian.
Florian will get the "W" in a tough fight against the undefeated Gray Maynard.
The title rematch is harder to call, but for my predictions it doesn't really matter as the key is that UFC 118 is early enough in the year that another Lightweight title fight is likely before year's end.
Whoever Florian faces in a possible December card, I think it will finally be "Kenflo's" time to reign as champion and capture the title.
A lot needs to happen, but who knows?!
Georges St. Pierre:
Predicting who the Welterweight champion will be as we enter 2011 is relatively easy as it's basically a 50/50 choice.
Current champion Georges St. Pierre will defend his title against Josh Koscheck in December in an as-yet-undecided PPV after the two finish filming the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.
St. Pierre has proven time and again that he is at the pinnacle of the sport with his multiple title defenses against top tier challengers.
Despite Koscheck having success and being a very worthy challenger I just can't see him winning this fight.
Champion at year's end has to be GSP.
I will fully admit that I am going out on a limb here.
The build-up to the Middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 has been filled with entertaining quotes and smack talk, mainly emanating from Sonnen.
There is no question that the challenger is winning the war of words and one has to wonder if it is getting to Anderson or not.
One thing I am confident of is that we may finally see Anderson involved in an actual fight at UFC 117 because of Sonnen's words.
In what would be an upset on the Werdum/Fedor level, I just have a nagging feeling and a small hope as a fan that Sonnen will get the win at UFC 117.
If the incredible happens I think it may finally allow Silva to move up to Light-Heavyweight. With no immediate challenger in line after Sonnen I don't see the Middleweight title being defended again this year, whoever the champion is.
January 1, 2011, the Champion will be Chael Sonnen...I think!
Shogun captured the title after a huge KO win at UFC 113.
After finally returning to his PRIDE form to capture the Light-Heavyweight title, Shogun has since suffered yet another injury which will likely keep him out until February 2011 at the earliest.
Talk of an interim title has already done the rounds, but without an obvious No. 1 contender I don't think the UFC will make one.
I think the UFC may use the time to work out a clear No. 1 contender with a few big contender fights at 205-lbs in the fall of this year.
With that said, Rua will be the official Light-Heavyweight Champion at year's end.
For the record, if an interim title is made I would bet on Rashad Evans being involved in the fight and I would back him to capture the title.
Lesnar proved in his recent title defense against Shane Carwin at UFC 116 that he has returned from his illness-imposed exile bigger, badder, and better than ever.
The champion will not have long to rest, though, as it appears that his next challenger, Cain Velasquez, will get his shot sooner rather then later at UFC 121.
Velasquez without question carries a big threat to Lesnar with solid wrestling, good stand up, and vastly superior cardio than what Carwin had.
However, Velasquez has not fought since UFC 110, which is an issue for me and I just can't see how he wins this fight.
Lesnar proved against Carwin that he can take a shot. Velasquez will not be able to out-wrestle Lesnar and cardio has not proved an issue for the Champion.
Also, this will be a huge occasion for the younger Velasquez, a situation he has not faced before in his career. Will he cope with the added exposure and pressure?
However I look at this fight I have Lesnar coming out the winner, which means he will be champion as we enter a new year.