Most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans understood that when Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos first locked horns for the division strap back in late 2011, there would likely be a couple of fights between the two elite heavyweights before all was said and done.
With the third confrontation scheduled to go down at UFC 166 from Houston's Toyota Center on Oct. 19, 2013, it leaves many fans already looking ahead to what the future holds for whoever comes out on top in "The Lone Star State."
And for the current division kingpin, it could hold a showdown against jiu-jitsu wizard Fabricio Werdum.
'I think Werdum has a shot up next," Velasquez told MMAfighting. "I guess all the newcomers coming in or whoever comes off a hot streak, we will see how it all plays out."
"Vai Cavalo" would definitely be at the top of the list of a division filled with carcasses left by Velasquez and Dos Santos, who to date, have only lost to one another.
Werdum has been victorious in his last three bouts -- two coming by way of finish -- and most recently defeated good friend and fellow Brazilian Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. In fact, looking at his recent contests, his previous 10 match-ups contain a who's-who of would-be contenders in the division.
Werdum was recently said to have personally requested a bout against fellow Hexagon-import Daniel Cormier; however, "DC" is now lined up to face Roy Nelson while contemplating a possible future at 205 pounds. Not only does a drop in weight get him a crack at Jon Jones (potentially), it avoids an awkward moment like this.
As for Werdum?
For now, it seems to be a waiting game for the Brazilian, as he must sit on the sidelines and watch the third (and possibly final) fight between the division's two megaliths. Either way, if he is indeed next in line, he will finally have the opportunity to face Velasquez.
Or avenge his five-year old loss to "Cigano."