Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan and 5 Under-the-Radar UFC Fights to Watch This Year

Vince CareyContributor IOctober 3, 2011

Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan and 5 Under-the-Radar UFC Fights to Watch This Year

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    The UFC has stacked events for every card from now until the end of the year, and the number of big-time main events has left some awesome fights flying under the radar.

    There are a number of top guys fighting in the next few months that are getting little attention paid to them due to being stuck behind mammoth matchups like Alistair Overeem vs. Brock Lesnar or Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos. This slideshow has been made to make sure that they get the exposure they deserve.

Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan: UFC 136

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    These two put on an entertaining bout late last year, and a controversial decision win for Garcia has had fans begging for a rematch ever since.

    While neither one of these guys is going to be entering the featherweight title picture any time soon, they both put on a show every time they set foot inside the octagon and will undoubtedly make a strong case for a fight of the night bonus when they clash at this weekend’s UFC 136.

Donald Cerrone vs. Dennis Siver: UFC 137

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    Since the WEC merger, no one has crossed over into the UFC and looked as good as Donald Cerrone.

    A lot of people were questioning if the WEC fighters would be able to hang in the shark tank that is the UFC’s 155-pound division, and Cerrone has exceeded expectations. With a win over Dennis Siver, he’ll have cemented his spot in the top 10 of the weight class.

    Siver is no joke, though, and is on a serious hot streak as of late, which makes this one of the most interesting fights coming up. 

Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story: UFC 139

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    Two welterweights who have fallen on hard times, Kampmann and Story are both in dire need of a win right now.

    Kampmann has dropped two straight to Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez, and he may be out of a job if he can’t squeak past Story.

    Meanwhile, Story accepted a fight on about 24-hours notice against Charlie Brenneman earlier this summer and ended up losing all the momentum he had built getting to the top of the division.

    This is a pivotal fight at 170, as the winner will be right back in the top 10, while the loser will be miles away from earning a title shot.

Rory MacDonald vs. Brian Ebersole: UFC 140

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    The hottest up-and-coming prospect in the UFC, MacDonald has been tearing up the welterweight division over the past few years and is poised to enter the top 10 of the division with another win.

    Ebersole is also nearing the top 10 after impressive back-to-back performances against Chris Lytle and Dennis Hallman have earned him a boatload of fans and respect since joining the UFC earlier this year.

    This is a big fight for the welterweight division, and the winner will be just a couple wins away from a shot at the champion.

Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson: UFC on FOX

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    This fight has more potential for Fight of the Year honors than any other the UFC is putting on the year, and it may not even find it’s way onto TV. Are you serious, bro?

    Guida is always entertaining and has made his way from lightweight gatekeeper to title contender over the last year. He is only a win away from a shot at UFC gold.

    Unfortunately for Guida, the guy he has to beat is Ben Henderson, who may be the only person in the UFC who can match his intensity and relentless pace, making this fight a toss-up.

    The winner of this one is likely going to get a shot at the winner of this weekend's fight between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, which will make another fight that will be a must-see.