UFC 144 fight card: Previews, predictions and a complete guide to 'Edgar vs Henderson' in Japan

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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 "Edgar vs. Henderson" event, going down at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

UFC 144 will feature a lightweight championship bout pitting titleholder Frankie Edgar in his first defense of his belt against someone not named B.J. Penn or Gray Maynard when he takes on Ben Henderson.

In the co-main event, a bloated and apparently injured Quinton Jackson will square off against a fresh and raring to go Ryan Bader.

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 144: "Edgar vs. Henderson"

Fight card and line up

Results and live fight coverage

UFC 144 predictions and previews:

Predictions from the myth himself, Nostradumbass

"Prelims" preview and predictions part one

"Prelims" preview and predictions part two

Fight preview: Antony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon

Fight preview: Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski

Fight preview: Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch

Fight preview: Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo

Fight preview: Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Fight preview: Quinton Jackson vs. Ryan Bader

Fight preview: Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson

UFC 144 press conferences:

Pre-fight press conference

Press conference video

Press conference staredown pics

Press conference photos gallery

UFC 144 weigh-ins:

Weigh-in results

Weigh-in video

Weigh-in staredown pics

Weigh-in photos gallery

Rampage Jackson misses weight for Ryan Bader fight, forfeits 20-percent of purse

UFC 144 news:

Event poster

Special cartoon poster

Special Godzilla Rampage poster

Open media workout photos gallery

Latest odds and betting guide

Complete statistical analysis of Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson

Exclusive interview with Chris Cariaso

UFC 144 pay-per-view main card to feature seven fights

UFC 144 editorials:

Ghosts of Saitama: Legends rise and fall while heavyweight titans collide at Final Conflict 2005

Ghosts of Saitama: ROMANEX, Hero's and DREAM all make their debut

Ghosts of Saitama: The Japanese New Year's Eve war starts with three blockbuster shows

Ghosts of Saitama: After nearly a decade, the traditional New Year's Eve MMA event in Japan comes to an end in 2011

Ghosts of Saitama: Pride FC wastes no time making its debut

Ghosts of Saitama: In 2004, the world's greatest heavyweights descended on Saitama Super Arena

History in the Making: Ben Henderson and Clay Guida prove they should have ushered the UFC onto network TV

History in the Making: Rampage Jackson makes his Pride debut against Kazushi Sakuraba

Ultimate Submissions: Jake Shields brings American jiu-jitsu to Japan

Dana White says UFC will likely return to Japan but not with a Pride show

Ben Henderson plans on cornering, cutting off the cage and getting his hands on Frankie Edgar

Ben Henderson ready to beat Frankie Edgar ... then Anderson Silva's win record

Rampage Jackson will fight you for two dollars worth of 7-Eleven fried chicken

Rampage Jackson: I'll powerbomb Ryan Bader if he's dumb enough to let me

Michael Bisping says Ryan Bader will be a good win for Rampage Jackson

Ryan Bader is confident and comfortable, plans to upset Rampage Jackson's return to Japan

Jake Shields looking to bounce back in 2012, hoping to meet Carlos Condit again

Jake Shields is ready to destroy Yoshihiro Akiyama

Mark Hunt is a better striker than Cheick Kongo

Anthony Pettis looking to unleash something new on Joe Lauzon in Japan

Melvin Guillard is praying Joe Lauzon loses to Anthony Pettis

UFC 144 videos:

Dana White video blog episode one

Dana White video blog episode two

Countdown to UFC 144

Japanese anime UFC 144 trailer

UFC 144 live from Japan

Extended video preview

Will Ferrell assists Bruce Buffer with UFC 144 fighter introductions

Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson fight simulation

Quinton Jackson vs. Ryan Bader fight simulation

Frankie Edgar: Ben Henderson is a tough guy but there's a reason I'm champion

Frankie Edgar fight will be a career defining moment for Ben Henderson

Rampage Jackson takes Tokyo and talks MMA career

Rampage Jackson training video featuring "giant sets" and PVC pipes

Rampage Jackson is a street fighter, not a martial artist

Ryan Bader isn't just going to trade punches with Rampage Jackson

Joe Lauzon video blog episode one

Joe Lauzon video blog episode two

Joe Lauzon video blog episode three

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? The seeming lack of hype for what looks to be a stacked card? "Rampage" looking down and out and failing to make weight? Something else?

Sound off, Maniacs.

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