For fans of mixed martial arts, this past week has been a slow crawl of steadily rising anticipation for tonight's "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" event, going down at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
UFC 131 will feature heavyweight knockout kings Junior dos Santos and Shane Carwin squaring off for the right to face Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title later this year.
"The Engineer" is a late replacement for Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 coach Brock Lesnar, who was forced off the card thanks to a second flare-up of diverticulitis that required major surgery.
In addition, Kenny Florian makes his featherweight debut against Diego Nunes in a pivotal 145-pound match-up, while middleweight mashers Mark Munoz and Demian Maia will hit the mats earlier in the evening.
It's been a flurry of non-stop news, analysis, quotes, predictions and previews for the past week and it's certainly understandable if you missed out on a few stories.
But don't worry, Maniacs, we've got you covered.
In cased you missed any or all of it — or just want to keep the discussion alive — below are links to all the major storylines heading into tonight's broadcast.
In we go:
UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin"
Fight card and line-up
Results and live fight coverage
UFC 131 Predictions and previews:
UFC 131 predictions from the man himself, Nostradumbass
UFC 131 prelims preview and predictions
Fight preview: Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin
Fight preview: Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes
Fight preview: Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz
Fight preview: Jon Olav Einemo vs. Dave Herman
Fight preview: Donald Cerrone vs. Vagner Rocha
Fight card: Donald Cerrone and Vagner Rocha fight for footing in crowded lightweight division
Fight card: Dave Herman and Jon Olav Einemo would like to introduce themselves
Fight card: Demian Maia vs Mark Munoz put their skills to the test in Vancouver
Fight card: Kenny Florian the featherweight battles unknown top contender Diego Nunes
Fight card: Junior dos Santos vs Shane Carwin promise fireworks with Brock Lesnar scratched
UFC 131 press conferences:
Pre-fight press conference
Post-fight press conference
Staredown pics from the pre-fight presser
UFC 131 weigh-ins:
Weigh-in photos gallery
Weigh-in video highlights
Staredown pic and videos
UFC 131 odds:
Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin
Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz
Jon Olav Einemo vs. Dave Herman
Donald Cerrone vs. Vagner Rocha
UFC 131 news:
MMAmania interview with Mark Munoz
MMAmania interview with Dave Herman
MMAmania interview with Dustin Poirier
Dos Santos vs. Carwin CompuStrike preview and comparison
UFC 131 tickets cannibalized by Vancouver Canucks and NHL finals
UFC 131 poster for 'Dos Santos vs. Carwin'
Conference call live blog and updates
Vancouver Commission approves video monitors for cageside judges
Vancouver Athletic Commission taps CCES for implementation of UFC 131 drug testing
Hatsu Hioki vacates his Shooto belt and will be in da howse at UFC 131
UFC 131 editorials:
Road to Vancouver: Junior dos Santos makes his mixed martial arts debut
Road to Vancouver: Junior dos Santos suffers his first and only defeat
Road to Vancouver: Junior dos Santos punches his ticket to UFC
Road to Vancouver: Junior dos Santos makes quick work of Gilbert Yvel and Gabriel Gonzaga
Road to Vancouver: Junior dos Santos finishes off Stefan Struve and Mirko Cro Cop
History in the Making: Junior dos Santos debuts in UFC and knocks out Fabricio Werdum
History in the Making: The short and brutal UFC career of Shane Carwin
Ultimate Submissions: Demian Maia submissions streak reaches five with win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 95
Hey man, nice shot: Gabriel Gonzaga is fed to Shane Carwin and Junior dos Santos\
You should be a lot more excited for Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin
Shane Carwin ready to treat the fans to a vicious knockout of Junior dos Santos
Is Shane Carwin going to try to take JDS down?
Dude, why is Shane Carwin even fighting?
Shane Carwin is an easier opponent than Brock Lesnar
Shane Carwin hoping to avoid a repeat of his last fight
Shane Carwin feels he belongs in this fight against JDS
Junior dos Santos is going to knock Shane Carwin out in the second round
Junior dos Santos expects his fight against Shane Carwin to end by knockout
If Demian Maia trades punches with Mark Munoz he will lose
Kenny Florian is fighting at featherweight for Jose Aldo but he's not done at lightweight
Firas Zahabi helping Kenny Florian train for featherweight debut
Kenny Florian getting hurt was a blessing in disguise
It will be difficult for UFC to sell fights with two guys coming from WEC
Will Kenny Florian's lack of a practice cut come back to haunt him?
One way or another Kenny Florian is going to take out Diego Nunes
Hey (expletives), Donald Cerrone has a message for you
Dominant win over Yves Edwards will prove Sam Stout is a lightweight contender
UFC 131 videos:
Dana White video blog episode one
Dana White video blog episode two
Countdown to UFC 131
Extended preview for "Dos Santos vs. Carwin"
UFC 131 trailer for "Dos Santos vs. Carwin"
Extended trailer for "Dos Santos vs. Carwin"
UFC 131 preview with Dana White on ESPN's First Take
Prelims preview for "Dos Santos vs. Carwin"
UFC 131 preview on ESPN's MMA Live
Shane Carwin training camp behind the scenes video for JDS fight trailer
Shane Carwin training camp behind the scenes video for JDS fight episode one
Shane Carwin training camp behind the scenes video for JDS fight episode two
Shane Carwin training camp behind the scenes video for JDS fight episode three
Shane Carwin training camp behind the scenes video for JDS fight episode four
Shane Carwin training camp behind the scenes video for JDS fight episode five
Shane Carwin training camp behind the scenes video for JDS fight episode six
Shane Carwin training camp behind the scenes video for JDS fight episode seven
Shane Carwin training camp behind the scenes video for JDS fight episode eight
Shane Carwin training camp behind the scenes video for JDS fight episode nine
Shane Carwin training camp behind the scenes video for JDS fight episode 10
Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin fight breakdown with Bas Rutten
Shane Carwin will feel no remorse when he knocks out Junior dos Santos
Junior dos Santos will use his speed to knock out Shane Carwin
Junior dos Santos knockout video of Gilbert Yvel at UFC 108
JDS vs. Carwin could end at any time
Shane Carwin absolutely wants to fight Brock Lesnar again
Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin prediction from Randy Couture
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz prediction from Randy Couture
Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes prediction from Randy Couture
Kenny Florian is taking a huge risk fighting Diego Nunes
Kenny Florian wants to send a statement to Jose Aldo with dominating win over Diego Nunes
Kenny Florian expecting "Fight of the Night" against Diego Nunes
Kenny Florian is going to be a force at 145-pounds
Demian Maia video blog for Mark Munoz fight
Mark Munoz expects to see fireworks flying when he fights Demian Maia
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz will be a grappling match at some point
Mark Munoz comfortable with his ground game but looking for the KO against Demian Maia
The Shoot! Mark Munoz will beat Demian Maia with his five D's
Dave Herman vs. Jon Olav Einemo fight preview
Donald Cerrone vs. Vagner Rocha fight preview
Joey Beltran video blog for Aaron Rosa fight
That, my friends, should be enough to keep you talking -- at least for the time being.
What has been the biggest story heading into this event? Brock Lesnar backing out due to sickness and being replaced by Shane Carwin? Kenny Florian cutting off a leg to make featherweight? Something else?
Sound off, Maniacs.