Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is patting itself on the back for doing such a great job of matchmaking to kick of its 2012 fight campaign, listing the 12 hottest upcoming fights on its official website.
Oddly enough, Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey, scheduled for the Showtime network on March 3 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, is not on this list, despite its level of hotness. Maybe because it falls under the Strikeforce banner?
So, with those two lovely ladies eliminated, who makes the grade?
1. 155 lbs.: Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson at UFC 144. The dawn of the "Bendo" era? Or another example of "The Answer's" dominance?
2. 155 lbs.: Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon at UFC 144. One of these two men could emerge as the number two contender behind the winner of "Miller vs. Diaz."
3. 205 lbs.: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans at UFC 145. "Bones" is one fight away from cleaning out the division.
4. 155 lbs.: Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 3. Win here, fight for the lightweight title.
5. 145 lbs.: Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung at UFC on Fuel TV 3. Who is the contender and who is the pretender?
6. 185 lbs.: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II in June. Can Sonnen finish what he started at UFC 117?
7. 185 lbs.: Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva II at TBA. All due respect to Wandy but this could play out like a snuff film.
8. 135 lbs.: Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber III at UFC 148. Rubber match! Let's hope it's not a close decision.
9. 125 lbs.: Flyweight Final at TBA. The first ever 125-pound champion!
10. 265 lbs.: Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir at TBA. Someone gets back into the title hunt and someone goes to the back of the line.
11. 265 lbs.: Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem at UFC 146. Don't blink, someone's going to sleep.
12. 170 lbs.: Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit at TBA. I'll believe it when I see it.
Some hot fights here, Maniacs, but which is the hottest? Vote in our poll (after the jump) and let us know your choice for the hottest fight of 2012!
Alright Maniacs, let's hear it!