UFC: Creating the Ultimate Heavyweight Tournament

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UFC: Creating the Ultimate Heavyweight Tournament
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With a No. 1 contender bout already set between Brock Lesner and Alistar Overeem at UFC 141 and the eventual dissolution of the Strikeforce heavyweight division, the UFC heavyweights have never been more competitive.

While it is likely the winner of the Strikeforce Grand Prix will get a shot at the UFC belt, and with Frank Mir right on the cusp of a title shot after his third-straight win over a top-level fighter, no one is guaranteed a title shot and nothing has been written in stone.

All that said, now is a better time than ever to find out exactly who is the true No. 1 contender for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.

Some might see the Strikeforce attempt as a bust, but if anyone could pull it off it would be the UFC, given that they put on far more events and exercise much more control over matchmaking than Strikeforce ever did.

So let's take a look the way such a tournament would stack up and what eight fighters would be best suited for it.

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