"How's this sound? Fedor Emelianenko wakes up Aug. 2, as he has every morning since March 2003, the best heavyweight in mixed martial arts. Months later Brock Lesnar rolls through Shane Carwin or Cain Velasquez. Fans and media reach a fever pitch. Fedor versus Lesnar is all anyone can talk about.
Great champions need perfect foils, and Lesnar -- fresh off wins over Randy Couture, Frank Mir and whomever earns the next challenge following UFC 104 -- appears to be Clubber Lang to Emelianenko's Rocky.
Bottom line, assuming assumptions play out, this is a fight that has to happen. It's bigger than organizational brands. It's bigger than belts. It's the kind of fight that would truly lift MMA into the mainstream. It's bigger than UFC 100. Much. Why? Because it serves the purpose of confirming the world's best heavyweight. It's the essence of what MMA should represent as sport.
Otherwise, what's the point of all this?"
-- Josh Gross, in his most recent column in Sports Illustrated.