Strikeforce events: Previews, predictions and a complete guide to 'Overeem vs Werdum'

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For fans of mixed martial arts, this past week has been a slow crawl of steadily rising anticipation for tonight's "Overeem vs. Werdum" event, going down at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. 

The Showtime televised event will feature the second leg of the promotion's heavyweight tournament, including match-ups that pit Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem against the jiu-jitsu stylings of Fabricio Werdum.

Also looking to make his way into the semifinals is former PRIDE star Josh Barnett when he takes on the hard-hitting Brett Rogers while Chad Griggs continues his unlikely run opposite Valentijn Overeem.

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:

Strikeforce: "Overeem vs. Werdum"

Fight card and line-up

Results and live fight coverage

"Overeem vs. Werdum" predictions and previews:

Predictions from the man himself, Nostradumbass

Fight preview: Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum

Fight preview: Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers

Fight preview: Daniel Cormier vs. Jeff Monson

Fight preview: KJ Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal

Fight preview: Valentijn Overeem vs. Chad Griggs

Fight card: Dark horse Jorge Masvidal looks to get in title chase with win over KJ Noons

Fight card: The young lion Daniel Cormier takes on the old guard Jeff Monson

"Overeem vs. Werdum" weigh-ins:

Weigh-in results

Weigh-in photos gallery

Weigh-in video

"Overeem vs. Werdum" odds:

Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum

Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers

Daniel Cormier vs. Jeff Monson

KJ Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal

Chad Griggs vs. Valentijn Overeem

"Overeem vs. Werdum" news:

Conference call live blog and updates

Strikeforce prelims to air live on HDNet

There will be no draws in Dallas, Strikeforce to use sudden death round

Josh Barnett gets his license to fight in Dallas

KJ Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal will fight for a shot at Gilbert Melendez and his lightweight title

Gina Carano not fighting due to some sort of medical issue

"Overeem vs. Werdum" editorials:

Ultimate Submissions: Catch wrestling with Josh Barnett

History in the Making: Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum fight in Pride 2006 grand prix

History in the Making: Alistair Overeem, the king of the Strikeforce heavyweight division

History in the Making: Josh Barnett and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira run game at Pride Final Conflict 2006

History in the Making: Josh Barnett's impressive run through Pride 2006 grand prix

Breaking down Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum part one

How did Alistair Overeem get the scars on his face?

Alistair Overeem wants to unify the Strikeforce and UFC heavyweight titles

Does Alistair Overeem deserve to be ranked in the top five?

Alistair Overeem ready to close the debate on his ranking among the heavyweights

Guess who wants Josh Barnett to get knocked out by Brett Rogers?

If Daniel Cormier takes Jeff Monson down, he'll be in "The Snowman's" world

KJ Noons will leave Dallas with a feeding tube in his mouth

KJ Noons is happy at lightweight but still thinks he beat Nick Diaz

"Overeem vs. Werdum" videos:

Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum prediction from Randy Couture

Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers prediction from Randy Couture

Recap of the Strikeforce grand prix opening round

Strikeforce grand prix predictions from MMA fighters

Strikeforce grand prix video teaser

Strikeforce grand prix video preview

Alistair Overeem bringing 38 pounds of whoop ass difference in rematch with Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio Werdum teaches the triangle that tapped Fedor Emelianenko

Fabricio Werdum sparring for Alistair Overeem fight

Fabricio Werdum has a surprise for Alistair Overeem in Dallas

Fabricio Werdum wants to win the Strikeforce grand prix and then fight the UFC champion

Hey everyone, Josh Barnett is better than you and none of you are on his level

Josh Barnett fixes a broken nose with a ballpoint pen

Josh Barnett pro wrestling exhibition

Josh Barnett thinks he's favored in every tournament bracket

Brett Rogers is toned down and plans to take his time with Josh Barnett

Brett Rogers is a fighter

A day in the life of Jeff Monson episode one

A day in the life of Jeff Monson episode two

A day in the life of Jeff Monson episode four

A day in the life of Jeff Monson episode five

A day in the life of Jeff Monson episode six

The Shoot! Daniel Cormier rise to the top continues against Jeff Monson

KJ Noons uncaged episode one

KJ Noons uncaged episode two

KJ Noons uncaged episode three

KJ Noons uncaged episode four

KJ Noons is a fighter

KJ Noons expects a war against Jorge Masvidal

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? Alistair Overeem and his quest to attain respect with his ranking in the heavyweight division? Josh Barnett's return to action in the U.S.? Something else?

Sound off, Maniacs.

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