The biggest heavyweight rematch of the year is upon us, as Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez will meet for the second time at UFC 155. With so much excitement in the air and the UFC preparing to send a forgettable 2012 out with a gigantic bang, it's time to consider some of the reasons this one is a can't-miss event.
To put it mildly, these two are head-and-shoulders above the rest of the competition in the heavyweight division of the UFC. They're both so good at what they do that no one else can even nip at their heels; they're the only challenges out there for one another at this point in their respective careers.
When it comes to combat sports, nothing is more appealing than seeing a fight for the heavyweight championship of the world. It's even better when the guys fighting are the two best men out there for the job.
That's very much the case here.
Both guys are still young in both fight years and chronology, and while this is the second time they'll meet in a little over a year, you can't help but think that it's not the last time they'll see one another.
They're both too big to ever leave the weight class, they're both too good to ever fall out of the Top Five, and they're both too young to be leaving the sport any time soon.
It might not happen quickly, but there's no question that they'll fight again after UFC 155. Would you watch the Star Wars trilogy without seeing The Empire Strikes Back? Because that's what you'd be doing by missing out on this one.
With a win, it would be hard to argue Junior dos Santos as anything other than the best heavyweight of the modern era. With a finish, he could be in the conversation for best ever.
He's 9-0 in the UFC and has seven stoppages in that time. Ten straight wins in a division as unpredictable as heavyweight is cause for some serious accolades, particularly if the 10th win comes against a guy many believe to be the sternest test out there.
Watching JDS on Saturday could be watching the final step in a man's ascendance to greatness.
If we're being realistic here, people watch MMA to see finishes. No one provides more finishes than the heavyweights, and no two heavyweights are better at beating people up than Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez. To put it mildly, there is almost no chance this one will require the keen eye of cage-side judges.
Between the heavy hands of dos Santos and the unrelenting pace and ground-and-pound of Velasquez, there is all likelihood that the loser of this fight will leave beaten, bloodied and concussed. While everyone loves and appreciates the skill involved to be an elite mixed martial artist, they love a little bit of violence in there, too.
Fifteen of 18 combined career UFC wins secured via stoppage? Yup. Sign me up.