Power Ranking the Best Fights That Didn't Happen in 2011

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIOctober 24, 2011

Power Ranking the Best Fights That Didn't Happen in 2011

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    In a sport like MMA, fights are bound to be changed.

    Fights are often put on hold thanks to injuries. Sometimes there are other issues that cause fights to be postponed such as a fighter not getting medically cleared or running across legal issues.

    This year has been no different.

    The main event for Saturday’s UFC 137 alone was changed twice before the current bout between B.J. Penn and Nick Diaz was pushed to the main event.

    2011 has been a big year for major fights being canceled, with a majority of UFC main events getting changed around because of it.

    Here’s a list of the top fights that didn’t happen this year.  

Mauricio “Shogun” Evans vs. Rashad Evans

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    After Rashad Evans defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114, he found out he was going to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for the UFC light heavyweight title.

    The only problem was Rua had to undergo knee surgery before the two could have their fight.

    Evans chose to sit and wait for his title fight instead of taking another bout.

    Both men were scheduled to meet at UFC 128, but a knee injury forced Evans out of the bout after waiting nearly a year for it. 

    To make matters worse, Evan's then training partner Jon Jones stepped in his place. 

Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit

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    The main event for UFC 137 was changed around once already before Condit and St-Pierre got canceled.

    This time around St-Pierre was the one who had to pull out of the fight as he suffered a knee injury.

    Although they won’t meet this year, St-Pierre and Condit are set to meet for the UFC welterweight title. 

Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz

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    UFC 137 was originally supposed to be headlined by Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz.

    St-Pierre is the current UFC welterweight champ while Diaz was last seen carrying Strikeforce gold.

    Because Diaz missed two media appearances, the UFC pulled him from the title fight with St-Pierre. 

Brock Lesnar vs. Junior dos Santos

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    When Brock Lesnar signed on to coach on The Ultimate Fighter, it was solely for the chance to fight for the UFC heavyweight title once again.

    Following the season, Lesnar was going to take on Junior dos Santos, the man who coached opposite of him.

    Although the bout was set for UFC 131, Lesnar had to pull out with another bout of diverticulitis.

Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans

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    Jon Jones and Rashad Evans used to be training partners and friends. But after Jones stepped in for Evans to face Mauricio Rua at UFC 128, they’ve become bitter rivals.

    Jones and Evans were supposed to settle their differences twice this year.

    Unfortunately hand injuries to both men have kept them from facing each other. 

Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 2

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    Thanks to nearly defeating Anderson Silva last year, Chael Sonnen was supposed to meet Silva in a rematch at UFC 126.

    The fight, of course, did not happen thanks to Sonnen being suspended.

    If there’s one fight to make for 2012, it’s the rematch between Uncle Chael and the Spider.