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Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez are the two best heavyweight mixed martial artists in the world.
Some may argue that Daniel Cormier or Alistair Overeem are there with them, or at least close, but the level of competition the two men headlining UFC 155 consistently face, and defeat, should be enough to refute that fairly effectively.
For all intents and purposes, the heavyweight division is dos Santos and Velasquez, then the rest. Maybe it's dos Santos and Velasquez, then Overeem and Cormier, then the rest, but the two of them are firmly at the top all the same.
The question is, is it really the two of them and then the field, or is it dos Santos, then Velasquez, then the field?
Velasquez can't suffer another defeat at the hand of dos Santos if he expects to share equal ground with the current champ. It would be difficult for anyone to posit a credible argument saying otherwise.
But if he wins and evens the score with dos Santos, that puts them dead even, setting up a trilogy and reaffirming that Velasquez is right there with his Brazilian counterpart, not just leading the pack haplessly trying to run him down.