Certain factors of a fighter's game can play a part in the outcome of a fight.
If a fighter improves in the standup, it can give him an edge over his opponent — especially if his opponent's striking is only proven to be good for a certain amount of time before gassing.
If a fight improves in his ground game, that could also show that the fighter in question is more dimensional than previously thought.
See Brock Lesnar at UFC 116 for an example.
Speaking of the champ, he's got a date with Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 in November — the card that is still believed to see the winner of next month's Middleweight title war face a returning Vitor Belfort, as well as the debut of The Ultimate Fighter 11's Middleweight champion Court McGee.
Those two we can touch on at another moment in time.
For now, though, I'd like to address those who have bought into the "Lesnar's back and better" hype.
Of course, he's fully recovered from a life-threatening bout with Diverticulitis, and even more so, he's finally gotten a win by way of a legitimate submission hold with his second-round victory-by-arm-triangle over Shane Carwin.
Does that mean Lesnar is going to steamroll over Velasquez?
Yeah, about as easily as Rogerio Nogueira "steamrolled" over Jason Brilz.
Translation: Brock's got himself a tough test ahead of him, whether people believe Cain to be a threat to Brock or not.
"But Dale, why are you so sure that Cain can beat Brock? Brock's just too much of a beast to be beaten by a guy like Cain!"
True, Lesnar's a beast.
More true: Lesnar is a man.
On any given day, any fighter can be defeated. Brock Lesnar is no exception to that statement no matter how much you convince yourself otherwise.
So why can Cain Velasquez beat Brock Lesnar?
I see five reasons why Cain Velasquez can beat Brock Lesnar, actually.