It's going on nearly 48 hours since Cain Velasquez did what many thought impossible.
He defeated MMA's resident monster, Brock Lesnar, for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. So now that all the dust has settled, the MMA community is already speculating what is next for these two fighters.
Well, B/R has some ideas as to what they do from this point, and it might just surprise you.
Don't cry for Brock.
The man has plenty to gain and learn from this experience. While he may be the biggest and strongest heavyweight in the UFC, his limited experience has finally caught up to him.
We saw glimpses of this in his July match up against Shane Carwin when he turtled up during their exchanges, and Carwin got the better of him. If it wasn't for an extremely poor cardio factor, we might have seen Carwin vs. Velasquez this past weekend instead.
At this point, Brock needs to desperately work on his stand up. It's the one glaring hole in his game that can easily be exposed by someone with more experience or marginally better striking.
While his secluded Deathclutch Gym serves him perfectly, perhaps he should think of a mix of bringing more strikers to him or traveling to other gyms to get a better perspective.
If Lesnar doesn't do something about this soon, he could possibly become a Tito Ortiz type of fighter. In other words, one that doesn't learn to adapt to the changing game because comfort and control is of more importance.
Now let's be clear here: Lesnar is still basically a threat to everyone else in the heavyweight division not named Cain Velasquez. So let's take a look at some potential matchups for Lesnar.
He Brock, Remember Me?!
Now most of you may say that Frank Mir has no business getting in the Octagon with Lesnar again after he had his face manually rearranged by the former WWE superstar.
But let's face facts: Aside from Cain Velasquez, Mir is the only other fighter to have ever beaten Brock in the UFC, and a rubbermatch between the two might just serve both fighters in different ways.
For Lesnar, a second win over Mir would help build his confidence again to keep charging back toward another title shot. Plus, I am sure that he wouldn't mind playing the Gooch to Mir's Arnold Jackson for a second time.
From Mir's standpoint, it will finally put an end to all the questions that he's had in his mind since last July at UFC 100. Let's face it: Mir has been a bit obsessed with the now former champ since their last fight.
A chance to go up against him one last time, win or lose, would probably serve as the much-needed therapy that he needs.
The Hulk vs.The Juggernaut II?
Oh yeah, a clash of the titans for the second time could also be an interesting comeback fight for Lesnar.
In their first match, Carwin had him nearly down and out. But due to Shane's body not being equipped to fight beyond the first round, Lesnar was able to recover and put together a surprising submission to secure the victory.
For Lesnar, this poses the more dangerous of the two fights, since he'll need to really work on his stand-up defense if he's going to survive this time around.
It's highly unlikely that Carwin will make the same mistake of not training for a five-round fight again.
Since Carwin will be facing off against Roy Nelson on New Year's Day at UFC 125: Resolution, a potential Lesnar/Carwin II would probably take place after Brock faced off against Mir.
Brown Pride is in full effect right now.
With Cain Velasquez's decisive victory over Brock Lesnar, the sky is the limit for him. He has all the tools needed to hold the belt for quite a long time.
Fortunately for Cain, he won't have to wait very long to find a worthy opponent for his first title defense.
Back in August at UFC 117, Cain's opponent was already chosen. Junior Dos Santos defeated Roy Nelson in a three-round slugfest, which UFC President Dana White stated had No. 1-contender implications.
Let's look at the Dos Santos' chances on beating Cain in a matchup which will most likely take place in March or April of 2011.
Junior Dos Santos is a great first fight for the newly-crowned heavyweight champ. They are both similarly matched in many ways:
Both aren't huge heavyweights. In fact, they are part of the new crop of big men that have the size and athleticism to last for deep rounds without getting exhausted.
Both are great strikers, but Dos Santos' power is a bit suspect.
After a three-round slobberknocker with Roy Nelson, he just couldn't put him away, which leads me to believe that he might not have the knockout power necessary to put Cain to sleep.
Velasquez, on the other hand, is a powerful and crisp striker who mixes both fists and legs to be very effective.
While Cain exhibited extraordinary wrestling and scrambling abilities during his bout with Lesnar, Dos Santos brings an underrated and underutilized ground game ( he's a BJJ Brown Belt under his fellow Blackhouse teammate Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira).
This may prove to be pretty interesting if the fight should go to the ground.
Overall Fighter Ability
This has to go to Cain. His conditioning, speed, level head and relentless attack will be too much for Dos Santos to deal with, hence giving him the edge in this bout.