The list below consists of fights that UFC fans are dying to see before year’s end. The list consists of fights that on the day this article was written was not announced by the UFC making fights like Glover Teixeira vs Anthony Johnson or Rafael Dos Anjos vs Tony Ferguson that are dream matches but are not on this list because they have already been scheduled. The ranking of the fights is based on factors that include the fight's impact on a division, the amount of time the fight has been speculated to be in the works, and the fighters' mutual dislike of each other.
15 15. Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald III
14 14. Holly Holm vs Cristiane Justino
13 13. Joseph Benavidez vs Henry Cejudo
12 12. Luke Rockhold vs Yoel Romero
11 11. Urijah Faber vs T.J. Dillashaw
Looking at what makes a great fight most would agree an essential component must be a great back story that takes the matchup passed a simple fight towards a grudge match. A matchup that does just that is a Urijah Faber vs TJ Dillashaw bout. For those unfamiliar with the history between the two fighters, TJ Dillashaw was up until last year a member of Team Alpha Male a mix martial arts team owned by Faber. TJ Dillashaw notably decided to leave Alpha Male for another team. The transition created a rift between the two men that resulted in a back-and-forth verbal battle. Since Dillashaw's departure from Alpha Male, he has garnered a one and one record losing the bantamweight title in his first loss since 2013. Faber has also had a recent shot at the title himself at UFC 198 against Cruz ultimately losing the bout.
10 10. Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar
9 9. Luke Rockhold vs Anderson Silva
8 8. Anderson Silva vs Georges St. Pierre
7 7. Tyron Woodley vs Georges St. Pierre
6 6. Ronda Rousey vs Cristiane Justino
5 5. Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko II
4 4. Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Eddie Alvarez
3 3. Cain Velasquez vs Stipe Miocic
2 2. Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor II
1 1. Demetrious Johnson vs Dominick Cruz
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