The UFC Heavyweight Champion's return to action is now fast approaching in his eagerly anticipated unification fight with Interim Champion Shane Carwin at UFC 116.
This is being billed as (and could very well be) one of the biggest fights ever inside the octagon, both physically and in PPV terms.
But for many people the Champion's return is just the resumption of Brock Lesnar's rise to the top as the greatest Heavyweight ever.
So, with that in mind, what does Brock Lesnar have to do to become the greatest Heavyweight of all time?
I know No.1 is to defeat Shane Carwin at UFC 116, but what are the rest?
Well this slide goes without saying really.
Shane Carwin will be the first opponent that will be a physical equal for Lesnar, or as close as you can get to one.
The Interim Heavyweight Champion is 12-0 and has never left the first round of a fight. Carwin is a huge threat to the Champion.
For Lesnar to squash any talk of his illness affecting his future, he must defeat Carwin on July 3rd.
To remain in the G.O.A.T. debate at Heavyweight, he has to dispatch the growing noise created by Shane Carwin and his followers and announce his return to the octagon.
Anderson Silva currently holds the longest running win streak in UFC history.
The mark of any great fighter is in their ability to win and to do it repeatedly.
Anderson, GSP, Liddell at his prime, and fighters like Jon Fitch have all reached the pinnacle of their divisions by going on lengthy win streaks at some point in time.
Brock Lesnar is already riding a three-fight win streak. A win over Shane Carwin at UFC 116 will put it to four.
One or two more wins after that and he will suddenly have a very impressive win streak to add to his growing resume.
For all of Brock Lesnar's physical dominance that we have seen inside the octagon thus far, he has yet to get a KO victory.
Granted he has only had four UFC fights, but there will come a point when his hammer fist TKO stoppages will not be enough.
To be considered truly great you have to have some KO finishes in your highlight reel.
Fedor on Arlovski, Anderson on Griffin, and the many Liddell KO's in his heyday are what people remember the most about great fighters.
Before the debate over Lesnar ever ends, he will need a big KO victory on his resume at some point, even if it is just to appease the casual fans.
No.4 represents a question that will only likely surface the more Lesnar keeps winning.
For a fighter to be truly great indicates that he is at the top of his game in all areas. For someone like GSP that is a true statement, but for Lesnar it is not at this point in time.
Reports from training suggest that Lesnar is likely at a Purple belt level in Jiu-Jitsu, which is impressive considering he has been training for only a few years.
Colored belts aside, Lesnar will need a submission win on his record before he can be considered the greatest of all time.
The picture featured could have been of a number of fighters.
Entering UFC 116, Lesnar knows that should he emerge victorious from Las Vegas, there are a number of fighters chomping at the bit to get their shot at the title.
Junior dos Santos, Cain Valasquez, Roy Nelson, Big Nog, the list could go on.
The point is that unlike Divisional greats Anderson Silva and GSP, Lesnar is in no clear sight of clearing out the Heavyweight division anytime soon.
It is definitely something he is going have to do to become a true legend.
Make a list of some of the best divisional greats in MMA and you will see that many are former or current Champions. Of those Champions, most will likely have had multiple title defenses to their name.
Defending your title multiple times separates you from the good fighters and etches your name in history as a great fighter.
Fighters like Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, and Tito Ortiz are regarded so highly and will be remembered in the sport because of their multiple title defenses.
For Lesnar to avoid being a brief moment in the history of the UFC Heavyweight Title, he must defend the title multiple times and cement his name to the historical significance of the belt.
No. 7 rather bizarrely goes hand in hand with the previous number and is also very much my opinion on what it means to be 'great'.
For me the mark of a true Champion is how he reacts to losing a title.
You get to see the true character of a man at his lowest point.
Randy Couture, Georges St.Pierre and BJ Penn are all examples of fighters who I feel are better for having lost their titles and regained them. It has added to their legacy in the long run.
Lesnar may never lose the belt or he may lose it and never regain it, but should he lose it and regain it, for me that will only add to his ever-growing resume as a heavyweight great.
For many of the great fighters in our fine sport, they have, at some point in time, faced adverse conditions or moments and come through the other side.
With only four fights it's hard to criticize Lesnar on this and it is difficult to know how he will react. But the time will come when Lesnar will either be put under severe pressure or get his chin rocked and it will be his reaction that will define him as a fighter.
Rather than weakness, many people see Fedor's recent come from behind wins over Arlovski and Rogers as the mark of a true great.
Lesnar will need to display the same ability to show that he is the greatest ever.
Many of you may be asking why Frank Mir is appearing in this slideshow based on how he was destroyed by Lesnar at UFC 100.
However despite the one-sided nature of that fight, the Mir vs Lesnar series still sits at 1-1 and the nature of Frank Mir's character means that he is unlikely to slip into the night.
Mir has made Lesnar his single focus in life and he will not rest until he meets his adversary again.
Shane Carwin put a severe bump in Mir's road to facing Lesnar a third time but the time will come when Lesnar will need to put the final nail in the coffin and confirm his dominance over Mir by taking a 2-1 series lead.
Could it be anything else?
Fedor has achieved God-like status amongst many MMA fans and whether you like him or not, personally I don't, it's hard to question this man's record and status as the current best Heavyweight today.
This may forever remain a fantasy match up that will likely never happen, but we can dream right?!
Should Lesnar somehow complete the first nine slides, he will be in my book as the greatest heavyweight ever.
However there will always remain the lingering presence of a certain Russian, so to put any argument to rest, Brock should cap off his career by defeating Fedor.