Christmas is upon us and what better way to celebrate than by sharing the fights I have on my Christmas wish list this year. Some of these fights will surely happen in 2015 and others might simply be pipedreams but these are the fights I most want to see in 2015.

Demetrious Johnson vs. T.J. Dillashaw

This fight is highly unlikely but if the UFC were going to do a champion vs. champion superfight anytime soon it would be Johnson vs. Dillashaw. Since becoming the inaugural UFC flyweight champion, Johnson has defended his title five times and he has essentially cleaned out the division. Even though there are several worthy bantamweight title contenders Johnson’s resume speaks for itself.

Paige VanZant vs. Rose Namajunas

The UFC women’s strawweight division has only recently come into existence and it is already one of the promotions most interesting. VanZant was too young to participate on The Ultimate Fighter season 20, but she turned a lot of heads in her UFC debut win over Kailin Curran back in November, picking up a third round finish and earning the Fight of the Night bonus. Namajunas on the other hand made it all the way to the finals on TUF 20 but came up short against Carla Esparza for the UFC women’s strawweight title. Namajunas and VanZant are two of the most exciting young talents on the UFC roster right now and sooner or later they are going to fight; let’s hope for sooner.

Holly Holm vs. Bethe Correia

The UFC women’s bantamweight division has been ruled by Ronda Rousey since its inception. But while Rousey is firmly planted at the top of the mountain, the division is filled with some of the most talented female fighters in the world. Holm has yet to make her UFC debut but she has the striking credentials to turn some heads. Correia on the other hand is 3-0 in the Octagon and she has been making a strong case for a title shot but she needs a marquee win. With Holm’s stand up skills and Correia’s in-your-face style, this one would be a barn burner.

Renan Barao vs. Dominick Cruz

Cruz recently made his triumphant return to the cage after nearly three years with an impressive victory over Takeya Mizugaki. Cruz looked poised and ready to reclaim the title he never lost but then news broke that he tore his ACL once more. While Cruz’s timetable for return is unknown, his comeback has to be against Barao. Cruz and Barao are two of the most dynamic and exciting bantamweights in the world and a fight between them would tremendous.

Connor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo

As long as McGregor can get past Dennis Siver in his next outing, it seems like this bout is already a foregone conclusion. McGregor is dynamite in the cage but it’s his bravado that truly has him on the cusp of a title shot against longtime champion and pound-for-pound elite Aldo. Aldo and McGregor are two of the most dynamic strikers in MMA today and this bout has true Fight of the Year potential.

Anthony Pettis vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

In his first title defense, Pettis proved just how dangerous he is but the performance was not without some flaws. Early in the bout Gilbert Melendez was able to control Pettis against the fence but once there was distance, Pettis’ striking changed the complexion of the fight. Nurmagomedov would not be able to stand toe to toe with Pettis, but he is one of the best grapplers in the sport today and he could potentially neutralize Pettis and take his title. This fight would test the true championship mettle of Pettis and I can’t wait for it to happen.

Carlos Condit vs. Robbie Lawler

Lawler and Condit are two of the most watchable fighters in the UFC today. Both guys are experienced, well rounded, tough and they love to put on a show. A fight between these two has potential for all-time greatness; think the first Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua fight. I just can’t imagine this fight not being spectacular.

Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida

Belfort and Machida are two of the most decorated and respected fighters in the sport, but they are both on the downswing of their respective careers. Belfort has a shot at the middleweight title coming up but it’s hard to see him beating Chris Weidman at this point in his career. Machida came up short against the champion earlier this year so it is unlikely he will get another shot at the title any time soon. That makes this potential matchup a very real possibility.

Anthony Johnson vs. Jon Jones

When you look at Johnson now it is hard to believe that he was ever able to make weight as a welterweight; he is an absolute monster. Now that he has found the division he belongs in, Johnson has been a wrecking ball. Jones has a huge test ahead of him in the form of Daniel Cormier but regardless of how that fight plays out we have to see Jones vs. Johnson. Johnson’s brutal power vs. Jones’ unorthodox approach; this fight would be amazing.

Todd Duffee vs. Stipe Miocic

Even though he lost to Junior dos Santos, Miocic proved that he is an elite heavyweight in the UFC. Duffee on the other hand has shown promise but hasn’t ever turned the corner by beating an elite fighter. As two of the most athletic heavyweights in the UFC this bout would tremendous.

About The Author

RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.