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  1. 2013: Year of the contender/belt swapping?

    Chuck Mindenhall

    One question I get just about every week on the Friday chat was some variation of this: Which UFC champion will fall first? For the past year, it's been easy to imagine that none of the current champions would ever lose again, given the state of t...

    Blog | July 18, 2013
  2. Welterweight picture is simple calculus

    Chuck Mindenhall

    In 2013, the year of the "superfight" and new-fashioned division jumping in the UFC, anything is possible. How possible? A simple, timely text can shake up an entire division for the better part of a year. Ask Ricardo Lamas, who should have been t...

    Blog | March 06, 2013
  3. The fun fact is that Aldo didn't hesitate

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Anthony Pettis is a man of action. He could have voluntarily waited for his chance at the 155-pound belt. Or he could do what he did, which was text UFC president Dana White to embark on an expedition. Pettis asked for a chance to fight Jose Aldo,...

    Blog | February 05, 2013
  4. UFC 156 featured plenty sleight of hand

    Chuck Mindenhall

    LAS VEGAS -- Ricardo Lamas was in Las Vegas for UFC 156 Saturday night. He was the first upset. By the time the smoke cleared and everything we presumed to be the case no longer was, he tweeted out a simple statement. "What am I, a mirage?" Lam...

    Blog | February 04, 2013
  5. Featherweights to take shape in Chicago

    Chuck Mindenhall

    There's a paradox going on for this weekend's Chicago card: People are talking about the flyweights not getting talked about. In fact, the ever-coveted "casual" viewer has no way of knowing that there is such a thing as the flyweight division, bec...

    Blog | January 24, 2013
  6. Pettis/Cerrone the subliminal main event

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Title shots are nice, but they're hard to come by in the UFC's lightweight division. Anthony Pettis knows. Since coming over as the reigning WEC champion a little more than two years ago, he has lived in a world of obstructions. There was the Fran...

    Blog | January 23, 2013
  7. Melendez the right choice for Henderson

    Chuck Mindenhall

    It's always a good problem to have two (or three) contenders with strong cases to fight for a belt. That's the perpetual state of the UFC's always-bountiful lightweight division. Ever since Frankie Edgar clogged the top with his battery of rematches ...

    Blog | January 16, 2013
  8. Notes and Nuggets: Denver edition

    Chuck Mindenhall

    DENVER -- There was an air of "next thing's first" at the UFC 150 news conference at the Fillmore Auditorium. Though Donald Cerrone will face his friend Melvin Guillard in the co-main event on Saturday night, Cerrone used the platform on several occa...

    Blog | August 09, 2012
  9. Complications of an Edgar victory are real

    Chuck Mindenhall

    All this talk of Frankie Edgar and rematches makes for a potentially uncomfortable situation brewing in Denver. What if Edgar wins a close fight over Benson Henderson this weekend at UFC 150? What if it's an egregiously controversial decision, the ki...

    Blog | August 08, 2012
  10. The stakes are unclear for Guida/Maynard

    Chuck Mindenhall

    In the most compelling of the 22 UFC fights going on this weekend, Gray Maynard and Clay Guida will scrap in Atlantic City. It's a fun fight to handicap. It's an aggravating fight to try and figure out exactly what it is that's at stake for the wi...

    Blog | June 19, 2012
  11. Cerrone plays it smart by airing his druthers

    Chuck Mindenhall

    In the UFC, the latest winner will always have the most compelling case. That's the nature of hype, and hype has always been the game. More specifically, hype is the essence that drives the thing forward. By know everybody knows this. And if they ...

    Blog | May 17, 2012
  12. Aldo needs a foe ... how about Koch?

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Jose Aldo is Calgary-bound for UFC 149 on July 21. Who will he face? As of Wednesday afternoon, this information was not yet disclosed. Just like the injury that forced featherweight contender Erik Koch from his fight with Dustin Poirier in November,...

    Blog | March 22, 2012
  13. 145-pound division no longer so attractive

    Chuck Mindenhall

    When the UFC introduced the featherweight division into its ranks at the beginning of 2011, it was as if the floodgates opened for two types of lightweight -- those who were small for 155 pounds, and those losing at 155 pounds. Joining up with the sm...

    Blog | March 18, 2012
  14. Many options for Melendez under Zuffa

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Alright, so Gilbert Melendez will fight on May 19 in San Jose, only five months and two days after beating Jorge Masvidal to retain his title. Though this isn't major news in itself, it's a turnaround that beats nine months of involuntary limbo. ...

    Blog | March 13, 2012
  15. Pettis could find himself in similar fix

    Chuck Mindenhall

    A lot of things should go into booking Benson Henderson's next fight, beginning with marketability and ending with scruples. Does the UFC book an immediate rematch with a very deserving Frankie Edgar? Or do they give the shot to Anthony Pettis, w...

    Blog | February 28, 2012
  16. Title contention novel for veteran Lauzon

    Chuck Mindenhall

    How fast do things change in the UFC's lightweight division? As quickly as the weather changes in Colorado. Since Frankie Edgar became the champion nearly two years ago, the road to the title has been a course of trip wires, booby hatches and rabb...

    Blog | February 24, 2012