The much anticipated Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament begins tonight with three reserve bouts before the real thing.
Although the reserves feature some interesting names like Shane "Rocky" del Rosario, Lavar "Big" Johnson, "Sugar" Ray Sefo and Valentijn "The Python" Overeem, most mixed martial arts fans have their sights set on the final pair of bouts.
In a teaser to the main event, Sergei "The Russian Mercenary" Kharitonov makes his Strikeforce debut against the fading Andrei "The Pit Bull" Arlovski.
The matchup should be a good one since both men are notorious strikers with an obscene amount riding on the outcome. Arlovski has absorbed three straight resounding defeats (all to men in the grand prix) and will be trying to kill his career-long losing streak right there.
Meanwhile, Kharitonov will simultaneously try to wow the American audience in only his second tussle State-side as well as the Strikeforce powers-that-be.
In other words, we'll either have a tense staring battle or a torrid pace as both heavy weights go for broke with the smart money being on the latter.
Then there's the main event between Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko clashes with Antonio "Bigfoot" SIlva as he tries to rebound from legitimate defeat for the first time in the Russian's storied career.
For years, the new school of MMA fans have decried Fedor's accomplishments as empty and antiquated while the old guard swore the 34-year-old was the real deal. The loss to Fabricio "Vai Cavalo" Werdum only increased the volume of and confidence behind the skeptical cries.
But no fighter wins forever and tonight we should get our first hint as to whether the one-time consensus pound-for-pound champion can still be relevant on the sport's evolving landscape.
It should be a fun night of fights so check back here for live updates on the action.