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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. 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
  5. 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
  6. Five wave-makers moving from Strikeforce

    Chuck Mindenhall

    It's fight week, and it's flight week. No more Strikeforce after Saturday night. No more wondering if and when we'll be sold on Josh Thomson-Gilbert Melendez IV. No more decagon, and no more second-class citizenry. At long last, the long road ends...

    Blog | January 07, 2013
  7. Five things to look for at Strikeforce

    Chuck Mindenhall

    It took 15 months and some monumental forks in the road to arrive at the end point of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix. No, it didn't go the way people thought it would, nor the way many hoped. There isn't going to be Fedor Emelianenko versus J...

    Blog | May 18, 2012
  8. Thomson/Melendez III will have to do

    Chuck Mindenhall

    For what it's worth, Gilbert Melendez/Josh Thomson III isn't a bad fight. It's just not the fight people wanted. It just feels obvious and limited and, you know, uninspired. There was a time not that long ago when Dana White assured everybody that...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  9. 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
  10. SF roundup: The pros, cons and buzzkill

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Dana White alluded to the new Strikeforce/Showtime deal in the past couple of weeks with a sense of giddiness. He talked about it like it would knock our socks off just as soon as he was finally able to reveal the nature of the thing. This sort of te...

    Blog | December 16, 2011
  11. Melendez/Masvidal is the right call

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Just looking over the inventory of possible lightweights to contend for Frankie Edgar's belt, it came down to three names -- Gilbert Melendez, Clay Guida and Ben Henderson. That much was obvious on Saturday after Melvin Guillard fell through a hatch....

    Blog | October 12, 2011
  12. 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
  13. Wiman climbs mountains in search of shot

    Chuck Mindenhall

    If it looked like the rejuvenated Matt Wiman could have went 10 rounds against Cole Miller in January's UFC "Fight for the Troops," well, then the picture clearly expressed a thousand words. Before his camp heading into that fight, Wiman relocate...

    Blog | June 24, 2011
  14. Guillard would like 155 GP, Florian

    Chuck Mindenhall

    With the fresh transfusion of WEC 155-ers, the UFC's lightweight division is deep enough that guys like Melvin Guillard can win seven of eight fights and barely register as a blip on the radar. The problem starts with the bottleneck situation at the ...

    Blog | June 23, 2011
  15. Mauricio Rua welcomes Strikeforce foes to the fold

    Chuck Mindenhall

    NEWARK -- Count UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua among those who are jazzed about the influx of new faces soon to make their way into the Octagon. While having lunch at a Brazilian restaurant in Newark on Monday, just five days before ...

    Blog | Conversation | March 15, 2011
  16. Eight guys we'd love to see in the Octagon

    Chuck Mindenhall

    It's always a fun occasion when possibility crosses over into probability -- especially when possibility has forever felt more like fool's hope. With the epic news of UFC's parent company Zuffa purchasing its primary competition Strikeforce, the do...

    Blog | Conversation | March 14, 2011