The holidays are quickly approaching and many families are beginning to compile their Christmas lists.

There are five UFC events left in the 2014 calendar year including the stacked UFC 181 and a loaded UFC on Fox card, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to the next year.

#10- Ricardo Lamas vs. Cub Swanson

Since losing to Jose Aldo, Lamas has won two in a row, including a submission win over Dennis Bermudez. If Swanson gets past Frankie Edgar on November 22, a win over Lamas would make it difficult to deny him a title shot against Jose Aldo. If Lamas derails Swanson’s winning streak, he would vault himself back into contention alongside a certain Irishman we will talk about later in our list.

#9- Hector Lombard vs. Matt Brown

This has all the ingredients to make for a potential fight of the year candidate. Brown has discussed a possible bout between Tarec Saffiedine as a co-main event for the UFC’s next trip to Sweden, a card that is being headlined by Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson. Lombard is going against Josh Burkman at UFC 182; if he gets past Burkman and Brown defeats Saffiedine, this would make for a violent contest. Even though he has two split-decision losses in the UFC, nobody has dominated Lombard and some argued that he should have won both of those decisions. Brown, who has been as impressive as any welterweight on the planet for the past two years, would be the ultimate test for Lombard.

#8- Andrei Arlovski vs. Mark Hunt

Mark Hunt has been the ultimate comeback story in UFC history. Why not put him against another fighter who is having his own comeback in Andrei Arlovski? It was only a little more than three years ago when Arlovski lost his fourth straight outside of the UFC and appeared to be relegated to a state of obscurity. He’s now won eight of his last 10 fights. He’s on a four-fight win streak including his past two since returning to the UFC. A fight between Hunt and Arlovski is guaranteed to be an exciting night for the heavyweight division.

#7- Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold

I believe that Rockhold has a strong case to be the next challenger at middleweight in the UFC. There are maybe a handful of contenders at 185 pounds that have a more impressive résumé than the Rockhold. Weidman is slated to defend his championship against Vitor Belfort at UFC 184, but after that his most interesting matchup would be either Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (who Rockhold defeated in 2011) or Rockhold himself.

#6- T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz

Dana White hasn’t kept it a secret that this should be the next fight for either of these two. I don’t think many people predicted that Cruz would come back in the fashion that he did against Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 178. Not only would we get a fantastic showing of some of the best footwork in the promotion, but also we’d get to see more of the Cruz vs. Team Alpha Male storyline. It would be interesting to see if Dillashaw can be the first from his camp to finally beat Cruz or if Cruz would continue his dominance over that gym.

#5- Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall III

Johnson has been dominant at flyweight, and is getting dangerously close to having cleaned out the division. The last time Mighty Mouse looked vulnerable was against McCall in their first fight dating back to 2012, a fight that Johnson followed up with a win against McCall in their rematch. McCall had to drop out of his scheduled contest against John Lineker earlier this month due to a blood infection after weigh-ins. Assuming they reschedule that bout, a win for either McCall or Lineker would probably make them the next challenger.

#4: Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum

It’s been over a year since Cain Velasquez last step foot in the cage. Let’s be honest, we miss him and we want him back. The heavyweight division isn’t the same without him. We all need to throw pennies in fountains, avoid walking under ladders, and rub a lucky rabbit’s foot in the build up to this fight. If both Werdum and Velasquez can stay healthy, we should be in line for a thrilling heavyweight title fight.

#3: Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson II

Their first fight was the best championship bout in the history of the UFC’s light heavyweight division. Nobody had ever stood toe-to-toe with Jones like Gustafsson did and some even scored the fight for Gustafsson, myself included. Anthony Johnson is going to do his best to spoil this rematch when he fights Gustafsson in late-January on FOX. Daniel Cormier will be doing the same when he tries to dethrone Jones at UFC 182.

#2: Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping has been close a number to getting this fight a number of times in his career. He’s been on the cusp of being a contender, never quite getting over the hump. By the time Silva fights Nick Diaz at UFC 183, Bisping could have his next fight planned. If their schedules work out, maybe they could have some free time in the summer of 2015. It wouldn’t be for the title, but it would be pretty awesome to finally see Silva vs. Bisping.

#1: Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor

A sold-out soccer stadium in Ireland. Tens of thousands of screaming fans continuously chanting loud enough to be heard through your television screen. The most anticipated title fight in the history of the UFC’s featherweight division. What more could you ask for? Granted, there’s a slim chance Dennis Siver ruins everything in Boston on January 18, but it would be a slim chance and I believe McGregor will be fighting for UFC gold in April or May.

  • yo yo

    Brown the ultimate test for Lombard?? You cannot be serious… The other way around buddy. I think it would’nt go past the 1st rnd with Lombard knocking browns melon straight off!!

    But other than that great list