Nick Diaz vs Carlos Condit and 10 Fights We Can't Wait to See in 2012
We saw many things over the course of 2011 that we'll more than likely remember for the rest of our lives.
We've witnessed a rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard that resulted in a Edgar victory by fourth-round knockout.
In addition, many fans had the privilege of watching one of the greatest fights of all time between Dan Henderson and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
As we wrap up 2011 and move into the new year, we begin to take a look at 2012 holds.
While it remains early, there are many fights that have already been announced.
So, the following slides display the 10 fights we can't wait to see in 2012.
Let's take a look.
10. Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller
In the main event of the evening at UFC on FX, heavy hitting Melvin Guillard will take on under appreciated lightweight, Jim Miller.
Guillard will look to bounce back from his recent performance where he was submitted before a minute even ticked off the clock at UFC 136.
Similar to Guillard, Miller will look to get his career back on the tracks as he's coming off a loss to Benson Henderson.
This may be the last run at a title for both Guillard and Miller.
9. Roy Nelson vs. Fabricio Werdum
Roy Nelson will enter the Octagon at UFC 143 to take on Fabricio Werdum in what could be the most important fight of his MMA career.
"Big Country" is passionate about making a run towards the heavyweight title and the only thing standing in his way is in fact Werdum.
Werdum is famously known for his upset victory over Fedor Emelianenko but is coming off a loss to UFC newcomer, Alistair Overeem, in his last Strikeforce fight.
A win for either Nelson or Werdum would certainly push them closer towards title discussions.
8. Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson
Vitor Belfort will return to his home country of Brazil to take on Anthony "Rumble" Johnson for UFC 142.
Belfort will look to overwhelm the newly acquainted middleweight in a fight that has all the ingredients for one to remember.
When two of the UFC's hardest hitters collide, only one man can come out standing.
Who that one man will be is the question that awaits us all.
7. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Ryan Bader
After showing in the fight card in Japan, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was added by UFC President Dana White.
Jackson will look to bounce back from his previous defeat to current champion Jon Jones when he takes on Ryan "Darth" Bader.
Bader, no slouch himself will attempt to prove his critics wrong and work his way back towards the upper-echelon of the light heavyweight division.
This one has potential for a slugfest.
6. Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez
Slowly but surely Diego Sanchez is making his way back towards title contentions in the UFC as he's won two consecutive fights.
However, Sanchez will be facing one of the hardest hitters in the UFC today in young-gun Jake Ellenberger.
Not only could Ellenberger-Sanchez have potential to bring home "Fight of the Night" honors, but it could go down as one of the best fights of the new year.
Backyard brawl in Omaha.
5. Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz
National television ratings are expected to be sky-high for UFC on FOX II when Chael Sonnen takes the Octagon in hopes of moving closer towards his rematch with Anderson Silva.
Sonnen could solidify his shot at Silva with a win over Mark Munoz.
However, Munoz won't go down easy as he is a vicious wrestler and ground-and-pound artist in his own right.
May the better wrestler win.
4. Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis
In the main event of the evening at UFC on FOX II, Rashad Evans has the opportunity of earning himself a light heavyweight title shot against current champion, Jon Jones.
The only problem for Evans is that he'll be taking on a fighter who's just as good if not better in the wrestling game.
With two similar fighting styles meeting, is it possible we see an unexpected stand-up war between the two?
A chance at UFC gold will be awarded to the winner.
3. Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes
Current featherweight champion Jose Aldo hasn't lost a bout for as long as most of us can remember.
However, Aldo has yet to face an opponent with the wrestling skills of Chad "Money" Mendes, who he will be squaring off with at UFC 142 in Brazil.
In a five-round championship fight, Aldo will be tested to the max and will need to prove he's more than just a stand-up artist.
Let the games in Rio De Janeiro begin.
2. Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit
The whole Nick Diaz drama got a whole lot bigger when it was revealed that Georges St-Pierre was removed from UFC 143 due to an injury that would keep him out for the better half of 2012.
In result, Diaz will now take on Carlos Condit for the interim welterweight championship.
Many fans fail to realize just how well-rounded Condit is as he's knocked out and submitted equal competition over his career.
Winner-take-all type of bout.
1. Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson
Following his historical knockout victory over Gray Maynard at UFC 136, there were few who questioned how much longer Frankie Edgar would remain the lightweight champion.
Then entered Benson Henderson who put on a performance full of energy and strength in his win over Clay Guida at UFC on FOX I.
In a five-round brawl, UFC gold will be up for grabs in the heart of Japan.
It could be a long plane ride home for one of these two fighters.
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