UFC 148 fight card: Predictions, preview and a complete guide to 'Silva vs Sonnen 2' in Las Vegas

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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 "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" event, going down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC 148 will feature the most highly anticipated rematch in mixed martial arts (MMA) history, as Anderson Silva will defend his middleweight championship one more time against top division contender and Brazilian enemy Chael Sonnen.

Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin will also complete their trilogy in the co-featured contest that will also mark the final time "The People's Champ" steps inside the Octagon as an active competitor.

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 148: "Silva vs. Sonnen 2"

Fight card and line up

Results and live fight coverage

UFC 148 predictions and previews:

Predictions from the myth himself, Nostradumbass

"Prelims" preview and predictions part one

"Prelims" preview and predictions part two

Fight preview: Ivan Menjivar vs. Mike Easton

Fight preview: Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie

Fight preview: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia

Fight preview: Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote

Fight preview: Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz

Fight preview: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen

UFC 148 press conferences:

Pre-fight press conference with Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen

Pre-fight press conference with Tito Ortiz, Forrest Griffin, Cung Le and Patrick Cote

Press conference video for Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen

Press conference video for Tito Ortiz, Forrest Griffin, Cung Le and Patrick Cote

Press conference staredown pic of Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen

Press conference staredown pics of Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin and Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote

Chael Sonnen claims Anderson Silva tried to get disqualified from UFC 148 fight at pre-fight presser

UFC 148 weigh-ins:

Weigh-in results

Weigh-in video

Weigh-in staredown pics

Weigh-in photos gallery

Chael Sonnen 20 pounds overweight 24 hours away from weigh-ins; Mike Dolce to the rescue

Anderson Silva chin checks Chael Sonnen at weigh-ins

UFC 148 news:

Event poster

Chael Sonnen's version of the event poster

Conference call

Open workouts photos gallery

Open workouts video highlights

Latest odds and betting guide

With days remaining to fight, Anderson Silva still betting favorite over Chael Sonnen

Mania Martial Arts podcast previews UFC 148

Judges and referees announced

Fan poll: Can Chael Sonnen actually beat Anderson Silva?

Awesome comic book art featuring Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen

Burger King logo nets Anderson Silva $500,000

Tito Ortiz offered ESPN job but will remain will Zuffa post retirement

Exclusive interview with Ivan Menjivar part one

Exclusive interview with Ivan Menjivar part two

Interview with Vinny Magalhaes part one

Interview with Vinny Magalhaes part two

UFC 148 editorials:

Legacy of a Legend: Anderson Silva debuts in the UFC with 49 second knockout win over Chris Leben

Legacy of a Legend: Anderson Silva puts down Rich Frankin for the second time at UFC 77

Legacy of a Legend: An undisputed middleweight kingpin emerges when Anderson Silva knocks out Dan Henderson

Legacy of a Legend: Anderson Silva moves up to light heavyweight and destroys Forrest Griffin

History in the Making: Forrest Griffin defies the odds and becomes UFC light heavyweight champion

History in the Making: Tito Ortiz begins his title run at UFC 25 with a win over Wanderlei Silva

What if Anderson Silva loses to Chael Sonnen?

Win or lose, don't look for Anderson Silva to retire after Chael Sonnen fight

A look back at Anderson Silva's record UFC title reign

Anderson Silva could be a deaf mute and fans would still pay to see him

Anderson Silva goes insane and vows to break all of Chael Sonnen's teeth

Steven Seagal declares Chael Sonnen had extremely unfair advantage over Anderson Silva in first fight

Has Chael Sonnen finally gotten into Anderson Silva's head?

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira wants one of Chael Sonnen's teeth after Anderson Silva knocks them loose

Chael Sonnen is not afraid of Anderson Silva's Mike Tyson aura

Tito Ortiz: People think Anderson Silva is just a Brazilian guy who knocks people out

Chael Sonnen hangs up on radio host after the two get lippy with each other

Georges St. Pierre: Chael Sonnen wanted to get into Anderson Silva's head, and he did

Chael Sonnen won't retire if he defeats Anderson Silva because ...

Dan LeBatard gets called out by Chael Sonnen on ESPN

Chael Sonnen can submit Anderson Silva

Steven Seagal has been teaching Anderson Silva moves for Chael Sonnen that were once thought illegal

Chael Sonnen doesn't want to be remembered as a fake champion like Mike Tyson

Anderson Silva is better than Chael Sonnen was giving him credit for

Chael Sonnen went too far and he must be punished

Tito Ortiz doesn't want to overstay his welcome in MMA

Tito Ortiz is ready to die to prove he's a top 10 fighter, willing to go to war with Forrest Griffin

Tito Ortiz has been waiting 15 years for his final 15 minutes with Forrest Griffin

Forrest Griffin is still one of the top 25 light heavyweights in the world

Forrest Griffin will retire from life if he loses to Tito Ortiz

Anderson Silva doesn't scare Patrick Cote

Patrick Cote isn't under pressure anymore and he's ready to put away Cung Le

Patrick Cote will be looking for a knockout in his UFC return against Cung Le

A reborn Patrick Cote is eager to use Cung Le to erase the memory of his loss to Tom Lawlor

Healthy Cung Le trained smarter, not harder, for Patrick Cote fight

Chad Mendes is not afraid of Cody McKenzie's guillotine

Mike Easton thinks Ivan Menjivar is the perfect match-up

Melvin Guillard is still haunted by his loss to Joe Lauzon ahead of fight against Fabricio Camoes

UFC 148 videos:

Countdown to UFC 148

UFC 148 Primetime

Dana White free ticket giveaway

Fight Camp Insider with Matt Serra and Forrest Griffin

Fight Camp Insider with Matt Serra and Chael Sonnen

Fighter Diary with Cung Le

Man with the Iron Fists trailer featuring Cung Le

Steven Seagal vs Feijao Cavalcante at open workouts

UFC 148 stat line for Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen

Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen rematch: It's Personal

Enter the Spider fan video parody

Greatest of all time: Promo showcases Anderson Silva's greatness

Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen part one

Watch Chael Sonnen watch himself lose to Anderson Silva

Gracie Breakdown of Anderson Silva's win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 117

Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen rematch preview

Free fight videos: Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson and Yushin Okami

Anderson Silva is going to save Batman after fighting Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen is an American Gangster

Chael Sonnen cornered by his mother

The return of the most interesting man in the world, Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen goes "Full Blast" for Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio Rua at UFC 139

Chael Sonnen on the Jim Rome show

Tito Ortiz says he'll test Forrest Griffins chin and finish him in two rounds

The Killer Compound of Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin fight predictions

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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