For fans of mixed martial arts, this past week has been a slow crawl of steadily rising anticipation for tonight's "Aldo vs. Mendes" event, going down at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
UFC 142 will feature a featherweight championship showdown pitting current titleholder Jose Aldo putting his strap on the line against rising contender and powerful American wrestler Chad Mendes.
In the co-main event of the evening, Vitor Belfort will try to slay the beast that is Anthony Johnson. And when I say beast, I mean that literally, as "Rumble" weighed in today at a whopping 204-pounds for this contest, which was supposed to be a middleweight affair.
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 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes"
Fight card and line-up
Results and live fight coverage
UFC 142 predictions and previews:
Predictions from the myth himself, Nostradumbass
"Prelims" preview and predictions part one
"Prelims" preview and predictions part two
Fight preview: Erick Silva vs. Carlo Prater
Fight preview: Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio
Fight preview: Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim
Fight preview: Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson
Fight preview: Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes
UFC 142 press conferences:
Pre-fight press conference
Press conference video
Press conference staredown pics
UFC 142 weigh-ins:
Weigh-in staredown pics
Weigh-in photos gallery
Anthony Johnson badly misses weight
Dana White issues statement on Anthony Johnson missing weight
Anthony Johnson was ordered by doctors to take fluid after becoming ill cutting weight
Anthony Johnson laughs at critics after he nearly kills himself but misses weight anyway
Anthony Johnson weighs in under 205-pounds to make fight a go
UFC 142 news:
How to watch the event
Conference call live blog
Open workouts photos gallery
Complete statistical breakdown of Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes
XBox Live streams UFC 142 for free to fans stiffed out of UFC 141 promotion
Arianny Celeste and Chandella Powell bust out bikinis in Brazil
UFC 142 editorials:
UFC 142 reminds us that too much of a good thing isn't such a good thing
Jose Aldo is the featherweight Anderson Silva
Chad Mendes doesn't care who Jose Aldo trains with, his wrestling is better
Chad Mendes sticking to wrestling roots ahead of Jose Aldo showdown
Chad Mendes is explosive and powerful and likes to blast guys off their feet
Vitor Belfort is going to get knocked out and submitted all at the same time
Gabriel Gonzaga can still compete with the best in the sport
UFC 142 videos:
Dana White video blog episode one
Dana White video blog episode two
Countdown to UFC 142
Extended UFC 142 video preview
Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes fight preview
Jose Aldo training with Gray Maynard for Chad Mendes fight
Vitor Belfort road to UFC 142 episode one
Vitor Belfort road to UFC 142 episode two
Vitor Belfort road to UFC 142 episode three
Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio fight talk
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? Anthony Johnson and his inability to cut the necessary weight? The fact that he may be cut because of it? Something else?
Sound off, Maniacs.