10 Main Event Fights We Want to See in 2013

Jake Martin@JakeMartinSECCorrespondent IIISeptember 6, 2012

10 Main Event Fights We Want to See in 2013

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    The UFC missed out on some terrific main events in 2012.

    Whether it was due to an injury or some other reason, fights that were heavily hyped never happened, but hey, that calls for a good ol' sports cliche—there's always next year.

    Here are 10 main events that fight fans should be treated to in 2013. They're not only the fights the MMA community needs, but the fights we deserve.

Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber 3

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    Come on, you really don't think we've seen the last of Urijah Faber fighting for a championship, do you?

    Though Renan Barao looked outstanding against Faber, Barao and Dominick Cruz isn't what the fans want to see.

    The fans love good feuds and high-paced action, and with these two, that's exactly what's in store.

    Bring on the rubber match.

Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson

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    Hopefully, that "old man" can heal fast and challenge Jon Jones for the belt soon enough.

    Of course, Jones stole the headlines for the death of UFC 151 because he declined a fight with Chael Sonnen, but the real crime was not getting to see Jones fight Dan Henderson.

    As good as Jones has been, fans know not to sleep on Henderson, and he's only one H-bomb away from dethroning Jones.

    Considering Jones is now a full-fledged villain and Henderson is an MMA hero, this fight will be historic.

Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz

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    There's only one fight that can produce the same type of hype as Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva II, and that's Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz.

    For the first time in GSP's career, he despises his opponent, and that in itself is intriguing enough. This is far more personal than his bouts with B.J. Penn and Matt Hughes.

    But all the hype and personal feelings aside, this is an excellent matchup.

    Given Diaz's superb boxing skills, GSP will take this fight to the ground, and from there, we should witness Diaz's submission game go to work. Gogoplata, anyone?

GSP vs. Anderson Silva

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    Could it finally happen?

    This super fight has been talked about for years, and next year could be the fight's last chance to ever happen.

    Anderson Silva is nearing the end of his fighting career and seems set on making this bout happen, while GSP has been having trouble staying healthy lately.

    With both fighters so persistent on making this happen, chances are this fight finally takes place in 2013. It truly would be the biggest fight in MMA history.

Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping

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    Love him or hate him, you have to respect Michael Bisping as a fighter.

    You have to respect the way this guy sells fights and always engages his opponent. Bisping talks the talk outside of the cage, but he backs up everything he says inside of it, foul or not.

    But the man has yet to earn himself a title shot, and that's surprising considering how big of a draw he is.

    A victory over Brian Stann later this month might get him there, and a fight against Silva would not only be fun for the fans, but it would be an entertaining buildup that should draw some casual interest.

Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem

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    When Junior dos Santos fights Alistair Overeem, it will be personal.

    Overeem ran his mouth about dos Santos, and JDS made it clear that he wants to shut Overeem up. Let's get it on.

    Overeem and JDS both have superb striking skills, and this fight pretty much guarantees a knockout.

    Which heavyweight will fall first?

Chael Sonnen vs. Jon Jones

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    Anyway you look at it, Jones dodged Sonnen.

    Insert high Pay-Per View numbers here.

    This fight is already sold on that alone, and once Sonnen defeats Forrest Griffin and whoever else he faces in the division, you better believe UFC president Dana White is going to cash in on this fight.

    Jones will destroy Sonnen in the fight, but the buildup will incredible.

Junior Dos Santos vs. Daniel Cormier

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    Daniel Cormier is an elite heavyweight, and he posses the skills to defeat JDS.

    Dos Santos has never fought a caliber wrestler like Cormier, and though JDS has excellent takedown defense, Cormier will be able to take him down.

    Even if he can't, he'll be able to stand and trade strikes with him.

    This could be one of the best heavyweight fights of all-time.

Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard 2

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    Who wants to see Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard fight for a third time?

    Better yet, who wants to see these two scrap for a championship belt?

    Should Diaz defeat Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 5, he will be the lightweight champion, and Maynard should be in contention.

    Diaz and Maynard's last fight was controversial, so let's have these two settle it in a five-round war. Either that, or have Anthony Pettis battling Henderson in a rematch for the UFC belt. Really, the fans can't lose in the lightweight division.

Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald 2

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    Rory MacDonald wants his rematch against Carlos Condit.

    Whether Condit wins the welterweight title from GSP or not, this fight should take place next year at some point.

    But just for the sake of hype, let's say Condit does beat GSP and fights MacDonald for the UFC welterweight championship.

    MacDonald would be fighting to avenge his loss and his mentor's loss, which makes for a very compelling storyline.