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UFC on FOX 4 fight card: Predictions, preview and a complete guide to 'Shogun vs Vera'

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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 "Shogun vs. Vera" event, going down at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

UFC on Fox 4 will feature a light heavyweight title eliminator (or so we're told) in the top two fights on the card. In the main event, Mauricio Rua takes on Brandon Vera while Lyoto Machida dukes it out with Ryan Bader in the co-headlining attraction.

The stakes? Whoever wins the most impressively earns a 205-pound title shot. Simple as that. Supposedly.

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 on FOX 4: "Shogun vs. Vera"

Fight card and line up

Results and live fight coverage

UFC on FOX 4 predictions and previews:

Predictions from the myth himself, Nostradumbass

"Prelims" preview and predictions part one

"Prelims" preview and predictions part two

Fight preview: Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner

Fight preview: Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson

Fight preview: Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader

Fight preview: Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera

UFC on FOX 4 press conferences:

Pre-fight press conference

Press conference video

Press conference staredown pics

Press conference photos gallery

UFC on FOX 4 weigh-ins:

Weigh-in results

Weigh-in video

Weigh-in staredown pics

Weigh-in photos gallery

UFC on FOX 4 news:

Event poster

Conference call

Open workouts photos gallery

Open workouts videos and interviews

Latest odds and betting guide

The debut of the ref cam

UFC on FOX 4 editorials:

History in the Making: Brandon Vera explodes onto the scene with four stoppage victories

History in the Making: Lyoto Machida brutally knocks out Thiago Silva at UFC 94

History in the Making: Ryan Bader wins The Ultimate Fighter with a vicious knockout

Dana White added Machida vs. Bader to light heavyweight lottery after getting creamed by fans

Dana White's promotional savvy could save UFC on FOX 4

Shogun Rua won't be falling into the dangerous Brandon Vera trap

Shogun Rua is working towards beating Jon Jones in a rematch

Brandon Vera is overwhelmed but he has his sights set on Shogun

Lyoto Machida is willing to drop to middleweight if Dana White offers the right fight

Ryan Bader won't respect Lyoto Machida as much as everyone else has

Jamie Varner will be a top contender if he beats Joe Lauzon

Joe Lauzon is not going to let Jamie Varner make his name off him like he did Edson Barboza

Despite two year absence and injury woes, Mike Swick's title hopes remain

Mike Swick details his long road back to the Octagon

Manny Gamburyan is going to be a problem for Michihiro Omigawa

LA Kings get beef with UFC after nasty tweet

UFC on FOX 4 videos:

Dana White video blog episode one

Event trailer

Road to the Octagon special

Promo calling Shogun Rua one of the greatest fighters of this decade

Lyoto Machida talks philosophy and staying hungry

Lyoto Machida's signature moves

Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson preview

Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner preview

Joe Lauzon video blog

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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