This article was originally contributed to BleacherReport.com
Every mixed martial arts fan wants a chance to play match maker. We all dream up matches in our head that would take the sport to new levels.
After thinking long and hard, I have come up with ten fights that be both entertaining and possible. While it is hard to just go by paper to match up a fight, every one that I picked would have relevance and excite the sport's community.
I didn't use any gimmick fighters. No Roy Jones Jr. No Kimbo Slice. Only legit mixed martial artists who have a place and this sport and who can take this sport even further into the mainstream.
We all know the names like Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko we would love to see have a real battle, but who could match up against them and create enthusiasm while still impacting the sport's rankings.
Joachim Hansen vs. Gesias Cavalcante II
Martin Kampmann vs. Nick Diaz
Wagnney Fabiano vs. Satoru Kitaoka
Joseph Benevidez vs. Takeya Mizugaki
10. Keith Jardine vs. Wanderlei Silva II
A lot of people want to see a fight between Wanderlei Silva and Keith Jardine. I would love to see a rematch between these two "bad boys" of the sport. Jardine was caught early and defeated in their first bout by knockout.
Wanderlei is a former Pride and IVC Light-Heavyweight Championship. He's got an aggressive style and will always push forward. Silva loves to make his fights exciting for the fans.
Jardine would love revenge. He was coming off of a big win against Chuck Liddell and he was hoping to climb the rankings. After the loss to Silva he scored a victory over Brandon Vera.
The last time we saw each of these fighters in the cage, Rampage Jackson was having his hand raised in victory. I still believe they can be serious contenders in the division and a grudge match would be very entertaining at the least.
9. Renato "Babalu" Sobral vs. Demian Maia
Sobral is the StrikeForce Light Heavyweight Champion and Demian Maia is an up and comer in the UFC's middleweight division, so the appeal is obvious.
Both of these fighters are exceptional on the ground, but they need improvement on their feet.
Sobral is a powerful wrestler who also has impressive jiu-jitsu which he learned under the tutelage of the Gracie Barra Combat Team.
Maia has some of the best jiu-jitsu and is one of the most decorated submission artists to ever grace the octagon.
These two would put on a show and the technique on display would be incredible to watch.
It would be hard to imagine either of these guys shying away from their strengths. If the fight were to stay standing up, it would be anyone's game, but these are two very confident and world class ground fighters.
8. Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort
Gegard Mousasi is one of the most underrated fighters in all of mixed martial arts while Vitor Belfort, a former UFC LIght Heavyweight Champion, has a huge following.
Mousasi is still very young (23). His body is continuing to grow and he is moving up to light heavyweight after fighting at middleweight. He says his goal is eventually to become a contender at heavyweight.
Mousasi is also a very impressive striker. He is a former amateur boxing champ and has tallied 14 KO's out of his 24 wins. He also serves as a striking coach for the well-known Fedor Emelianenko.
Belfort is also a guy who likes to stand up and bang. Twelve of his 18 wins come by way of knockout. Belfort also has a good ground game that he rarely uses. He is a black belt under Carlson Gracie.
If these two were to meet it would be a brawl that would excite the fans and help Mousasi gain some more recognition.