Since the fall of Pride FC, the UFC has only had one true competitor in the world of mixed martial arts. That competitor was the Bay Area native promotion, Strikeforce. With Zuffa's recent acquisition of the Strikeforce brand many doors have been opened to fights that once seemed very unlikely.
I'm not here to write the typical Overeem or Fedor article. I'm not here to even write about champion vs. champion bouts. In fact, I won't be writing about any current champions at all.
The fights that interest me are the non-title fight possibilities that have now arose. Possible contenders can prove themselves against each other. Fighters hungry for a comeback will have their chance. The underrated can make a run at glory and the overrated can be exposed.
What I want to know is not which company has the better roster or champions, but which fighters have the most heart. Which fighters are worthy at a title shot in the future. Who needs improvement and who needs to step aside. Even more important, I'm thinking about good fights and who matches up well with who. These are ten fights that I think would provide some great non-title match-ups for building future contenders, seeing who is the real deal or just for seeing a good fight.