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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. Grant is the midyear fighter of the year

    Chuck Mindenhall

    A year ago at this time, TJ Grant had just earned a yeoman's decision over Carlo Prater, to the attention of almost nobody. He was 2-0 since moving down to the lightweight division, but there was a colony of contenders well ahead of him in what had b...

    Blog | June 25, 2013
  3. Weidman getting title shot is the right call

    Chuck Mindenhall

    On July 11, 2012, Chris Weidman defeated top middleweight contender Mark Munoz without so much as absorbing a single significant strike in six and a half minutes of fight time. It was a headlining spot, and he made the most of it. The "Strong Island"...

    Blog | March 07, 2013
  4. 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
  5. Jones-Sonnen pairing is a shticky situation

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Audacity pays in the UFC. Chael Sonnen is nothing if not audacious. Chael Sonnen is "The Man." He is the first No. 1 contender to never appear on your 205-pound rankings. He's looking right past the "Forrest" through the trees. What does he see? J...

    Blog | October 17, 2012
  6. Unlikely contenders emerging in the UFC

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Six months ago at UFC 139, Martin Kampmann was getting by Rick Story to stay relevant in the UFC. In fact, after having lost two bouts in a row to Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez, Kampmann might have needed that victory over Story just to stay employe...

    Blog | June 05, 2012
  7. 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
  8. Henderson would like to fight, not wait

    Chuck Mindenhall

    If there was one spectator of the UFC on FOX 2 show in Chicago on Jan. 28 with a heavily vested interest, it was Dan Henderson, the circumstantial No. 1 contender in the light heavyweight division, and a circumstantial top challenger in the middlewei...

    Blog | February 09, 2012
  9. Hendo right to turn down bout with Lil Nog

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Dan Henderson turned down a fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to establish a No. 1 contender in the UFC's light heavyweight division. This shouldn't have been surprising. And it's definitely not arrogant, nor anything personal. It's just that at 41...

    Blog | January 12, 2012
  10. Notes and Nuggets on TUF 14 Finale

    Chuck Mindenhall

    LAS VEGAS -- People knew things before we did -- that's what we suspect we know now. That's why the fight week buildup to Michael Bisping and Jason Miller -- a fight with vague insinuations toward a high contender spot -- is unique. Unique in a short...

    Blog | December 02, 2011
  11. No. 1 contender at 155 finally solidified

    Chuck Mindenhall

    When the lightweight title picture was in a knot early this summer, Benson Henderson was on the distant outside -- so far outside, in fact, he couldn't even look in. Ahead of him were Jim Miller, Melvin Guillard, Anthony Pettis, Clay Guida and a theo...

    Blog | November 12, 2011
  12. Heavyweight contenders hard to come by

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Before Matt Mitrione fought Cheick Kongo, there were directional advisories. Mitrione said he was going to come forward and put Kongo on his heels, even though Kongo is traditionally the one doing the advancing. Kongo warned that he would not be made...

    Blog | October 31, 2011
  13. UFC heavyweights still light on talent

    Chuck Mindenhall

    The UFC's signing of former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem swelled the total number of ready-made heavyweight contenders to right around three. After Cain Velasquez, there's Junior dos Santos, Brock Lesnar and The Reem. It doesn't ...

    Blog | September 29, 2011
  14. JDS-Velasquez, then what? Answer: Reem

    Chuck Mindenhall

    The UFC will roll out its as of yet "non-mainstream" heavyweight stars on the inaugural FOX card on Nov. 12. That's champion Cain Velasquez against the definitive No. 1 contender Junior dos Santos. Dana White said during Friday's news conference ...

    Blog | September 02, 2011
  15. Lightweight GP piques bevy of interest

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Two weeks ago, Melvin Guillard opened up a can of worms by suggesting to ESPN.com that the only way to sort through the lightweight division's growing list of contenders was to hold a 155-pound grand prix. This idea was, of course, ludicrous. The...

    Blog | July 11, 2011
  16. Story ready for the next chapter

    Chuck Mindenhall

    There's a feeling with fighters like Rick Story who silently go about amassing wins before calling out a standard in the industry to prove their place. Rick Story had the feeling ahead of his fight with former No. 1 contender Thiago Alves at UFC ...

    Blog | May 30, 2011