It is no secret that Conor McGregor casts a wide shadow over the UFC and MMA landscape. On April 19, he sent the tweet that launched a thousand ships, which extended that shadow even further. On a weekend that was supposed to be all about the best fighter alive returning to the Octagon, the buzz centered on McGregor and his status for UFC 200.

UFC 197 came and went, with a rusty return from Jon Jones and yet another dazzling performance from flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson. And the talk still continues to be about the will-he-or-won’t-he dance with McGregor and the UFC. Along the way, something else got lost in the shuffle, UFC 198.

Quite simply, UFC 198 is one of the best cards the UFC has ever put down on paper. UFC is making its first attempt at filling a soccer stadium in Brazil and they pulled out all of the stops to make sure it happened.

Go ahead and take a look at the UFC 198 lineup top to bottom, I’ll wait. Do you see how crazy that card is? Damien Maia vs. Matt Brown headlines the prelims. Virtually every big name Brazilian currently on the UFC roster is scheduled to fight. Anderson Silva, Shogun Rua, Fabricio Wedrum, Vitor Belfort, and Jacare Souza just to name a few. Not to mention the long overdue debut of Cyborg and the potential violent beauty that is Rob Font vs. John Lineker.

UFC 200 has been talked about for over a year and now that it is quickly approaching, no one knows what to make of it. So much of the of the MMA news cycle is cynical, from injuries to arrests, drug violations to contract disputes. Sometimes it is good to pick your head up once in a while and look at the bright side. And UFC 198 is one hell of a bright side.