Five fights that could still compete for ‘Fight of the Year’

Maggie Hendricks

In a week's span, MMA fans were treated to three memorable fights. Dan Henderson's decision win over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Michael Chandler's upset of Eddie Alvarez, and Benson Henderson's win over Clay Guida are all Fight of the Year contenders. However, the year isn't over. These five fights all have a shot at blowing the fight world's mind.

Eduardo Dantas vs. Alexis Vila at Bellator 59: Vila was seen as "just" an Olympic-medal winning wrestler until he knocked Joe Warren stiff in the quarterfinals of Bellator's bantamweight tournament. Dantas, nicknamed Dudu, made it through Ed West and after beating Wilson Reis with a flying knee. This fight has fun written all over it. Plus, Dantas is nicknamed Dudu.

Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung at UFC 140: The man who fought through a lump on his head the size of a small child is taking on "The Korean Zombie." Neither fighter knows how to quit. Add in that Hominick will be fighting close to home and that this will be his first fight since his longtime coach Shawn Tompkins passed away, and this will be a fight you won't want to miss.

Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal at Strikeforce: Melendez was hoping that he would get the next UFC lightweight title shot, but that was earned by Benson Henderson. Melendez will both want to take his anger out on being passed over, and show the UFC that he is worthy.

Donald Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz at UFC 141: When at lightweight, Nate Diaz's reach and grappling prowess usually give him an edge. Donald Cerrone's height, reach and jiu-jitsu can neutralize that advantage. Between the two fighters, they have 10 Fight of the Night bonuses. This bout has the chance to steal thunder from the headliner at UFC 141. Speaking of which ...

Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem at UFC 141: Heavyweight bouts can be hit or miss, but this one is destined to be a hit. Overeem is finally in the UFC and has been training with Xtreme Couture to shore up his wrestling game. Lesnar will be back for the first time since losing his heavyweight title. Both can throw punches with the power of a Mack truck.

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