It has already been said that the winner of tonight's heavyweight matchup between former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will determine the No. 1 contender for Junior dos Santos' heavyweight title.
Lesnar will meet the former K1 kickboxing champion in the main event of UFC 141, which will be available on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.
With a 5-2 record overall, the former WWE superstar brings less experience to the cage, but in those fights, has won, defended and lost the UFC heavyweight title. That is an impressive accomplishment and one that he hopes to have again very soon.
Since losing the title to Velasquez in October of 2010, Lesnar has battled diverticulitis, which has been a problem in the past. The 34-year-old was scheduled to face dos Santos in June but was forced to pull out due to the intestinal disease. Dos Santos went on to defeat Shane Carwin and fight Velasquez, whom he knocked out in the first round to become the champion.
Overeem will bring a record of 35-11 to his Octagon debut with only two of his victories having gone the distance in bouts over the light-heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. His wins include those over Fabricio Werdum, Todd Duffee and Brett Rogers. His 10-fight win streak has put him in the top fighters in the division, but with none of them having come in the UFC, he will have to impress fans who haven't had the chance to see him fight yet.
If Lesnar is to make it past Overeem and do it in dominant fashion, he will have the opportunity to fight for the title against dos Santos. Although it's not a matchup that favors the former champion, fans will have to wait to see how he fares against a similar type of stand-up fighter in Overeem to see just how he would fare against the power-punching champion.
Other heavyweight contenders include Frank Mir and Cheick Kongo. Mir and Lesnar both hold victories over each other, and a third matchup between the two is something fans are more interested in after Mir's emphatic submission victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140.