UFC 149 fight card: Predictions, preview and a complete guide to 'Faber vs Barao' in Calgary

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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 "Faber vs. Barao" event, going down at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

UFC 149 will feature an interim bantamweight championship showdown pitting former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) kingpin Urijah Faber against the man with the longest active winning streak in MMA today, Renan Barao.

In other action on the card, Hector Lombard makes his long awaited UFC debut against Tim Boetsch in a middleweight mash up with serious implications on the 185-pound title picture.

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 149: "Faber vs. Barao"

Fight card and line up

Results and live fight coverage

UFC 149 predictions and previews:

Predictions from the myth himself, Nostradumbass

"Prelims" preview and predictions part one

"Prelims" preview and predictions part two

Fight preview: Matt Riddle vs. Chris Clements

Fight preview: Brian Ebersole vs. James Head

Fight preview: Cheick Kongo vs. Shawn Jordan

Fight preview: Hector Lombard vs. Tim Boetsch

Fight preview: Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao

UFC 149 press conferences:

Pre-fight press conference

Press conference video

Press conference staredown pics

UFC 149 weigh-ins:

Weigh-in results

Weigh-in video

Weigh-in staredown pics

Weigh-in photos gallery

UFC 149 news:

Event poster

Conference call

Open workouts photos gallery

Latest odds and betting guide

Dana White teasing crazy plan for middleweight division following UFC 149

Exclusive interview with Tim Boetsch

Exclusive interview with Chris Clements

UFC 149 editorials:

History in the Making: Hector Lombard begins his reign of dominance over the Bellator middleweight division

Urijah Faber believes Renan Barao is more dangerous than Dominick Cruz

Jose Aldo's input won't help Renan Barao against Urijah Faber

Urijah Faber is not intimidated by Renan Barao's scary record

Hector Lombard wants Mark Munoz after beating Tim Boetsch

Tim Boetsch thinks he's ready for Anderson Silva if he can knock out Hector Lombard

Cheick Kongo shuns his gatekeeper label

UFC 149 videos:

Dana White video blog episode one

Event trailer

Extended preview

Countdown to UFC 149

Renan Barao on his humble beginnings in MMA

Get to know Hector Lombard

Hector Lombard vs. Tim Boetsch preview

That, my friends, should be enough to keep you talking -- at least for the time being.

I'd ask what the biggest story heading into this event has been but we all know damn well what that is and it's all going to play itself out tonight, live on pay-per-view.

Enjoy the show, Maniacs.

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