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November 15, 2011

My UFC wish list for 2012

With the success of UFC of Fox and the heavyweight matchup between Cain Velasquez and the new champion Junior dos Santos, we should see even more top contenders battling in the octagon in 2012.

Here’s my list of fights I would love to see in 2012:


Anderson “The Spider” Silva against Chael Sonnen

If I could only see one fight next year, this would be it. One scenario that would work is if the UFC could have both guys as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter reality TV series. Silva could coach a Brazilian team and Sonnen a America team, with all of the fighters living in a beach home in Brazil.


Clay “The Carpenter” Guida against Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard

This would be an awesome main event on Fox. Both guys have excellent cardio, and they enjoy to stand and bang. The winner could get a shot at the lightweight title.


Cheick Kongo against Cain Velasquez

This would be a rematch of their fight from 2009. Among the differences this time is a much more improved Kongo, who has more confident in his standup, a sharper jab and better takedown defense. This could be a main event or co-main event on any card. It might go just 25 seconds or five rounds, but it would be exciting.


Matt “Meathead” Mitrione against Roy “Big Country” Nelson

Two fighters that would keep the action going for 3 to 5 rounds, and both are headhunters. I could see this as a “Fight of the night” and co-main event.


Dominick “The Dominator” Cruz against Jose “Scarface” Aldo

Cruz is tall enough to carry the extra pounds to fight at featherweight. Both guys have fought and beaten Urijah Faber, and both have only one loss on their records. This could be the first Superfight “Champion vs. Champion” in the UFC.


Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez against Anthony “Showtime” Pettis

Welcome Melendez to the UFC with a bout against the human highlight reel, Anthony Pettis. Pettis would need to stay away from Melendez's overhand right and take him down a couple of times per round to win. This would be a great five-round fight and an excellent bout for FOX.


Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone against Jorge Masvidal

These are two of my favorite fighters in all of mixed martial arts. They are both good on their feet, and they both put on action-packed fights whenever they’re in the octagon. Masvidal would have to be signed by the UFC for this fight to happen.


Junior dos Santos against Alistair Overeem

Overeem has fought 47 fights (35-11-1) and is one of the most well-rounded heavyweight fighters in all of MMA. He is a kickboxing and Muay Thai specialist that has fought some of the biggest names in MMA. Junior dos Santos is the best boxing heavyweight in the UFC and he also has great take down defense. I don’t see this fight going to the ground, but I see this as a stand up war with both fighters swinging for a knockout.  


Jon “Bones” Jones against Cheick Kongo

If and when Jones decides to move up in weight, this would be a good first match. Kongo happens to be 12 years older, but as UFC play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg would say, “everything else is virtually identical.”  Both guys are 6-foot-4 and both have some of the longest arms in MMA (Jones' reach is 84 ½ inches & Kongo is 82 inches).  It would be good to see if Jones could stand and fight with someone that has the reach and strength of Kongo.


What are some of the fights you would like to see in 2012?

Posted by Kevin Richardson at 4:25 PM | | Comments (1)


These are some great matchups you have here. My personal favorite would have to be Melendez vs Pettis. That fight sounds amazing!

Guida vs Guillard sound good as well, and both coming off a loss would make sense, but not for #1 contender. There are far too many other LW's who are winning their fights to let one of them get a shot against each other.

Cerrone is fighting Nate Diaz in Dec! I can't wait for that one.

The only one I don't really agree with is Cruz vs Aldo. Cruz is great at what he does, but I think Aldo would need to move up and fight someone bigger to make more of a fair fight. But who knows, Cruz walks around bigger than Frankie Edgar and has arguably the fastest feet in the game so maybe he'd be comfortable at 145.

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