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  1. For UFC heavies, trilogies mean rivalries

    Chuck Mindenhall

    LAS VEGAS -- Before UFC 160, the world "rivalry" was contained to hushed voices. For former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos to get a another shot at current titleholder Cain Velasquez, both had to beat the impediments in front of them. Gues...

    Blog | May 26, 2013
  2. Vegas notes: Hunt's on; Barnett back, more

    Chuck Mindenhall

    LAS VEGAS -- By now you know that Mark Hunt was basically a sort of side effect of the Zuffa/Pride deal back in 2007. Riding a two-fight losing streak at the time, he was an unwanted property that couldn't be easily disposed of. But even back then...

    Blog | May 24, 2013
  3. UFC 160 primer: Return of the heavyweights

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Heavyweights are now a staple of Memorial Day weekend. Last year, UFC 146 was to be a heavyweight extravaganza like none we'd ever seen. The whole main card was heavyweights, so the word "unprecedented" was being thrown around pretty dramatically. An...

    Blog | May 22, 2013
  4. Jon Jones future uncertain after UFC 159

    Chuck Mindenhall

    NEWARK, N.J. -- In a night of strange happenings, perhaps the strangest was saved for last. As most thought he would, Jon Jones (18-1) defended his light heavyweight title against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 at Newark's Prudential Center, yet he did ...

    Blog | April 28, 2013
  5. Fedor, Brock, the Czar and his ministers

    Chuck Mindenhall

    In a media scrum this past weekend in Chicago, Dana White casually mentioned how close the world was from getting a battle of colossals. You know, Brock Lesnar versus Fedor Emelianenko -- the heavyweight fight he said was light years from ever happen...

    Blog | January 29, 2013
  6. Velasquez redeems himself for all to see

    Chuck Mindenhall

    LAS VEGAS -- When the first fight between challenger Junior dos Santos and UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was made in November 2011, the question was simple: Could dos Santos keep the fight standing? Knowing what they knew about Velasquez...

    Blog | December 30, 2012
  7. UFC 155: Notes and Nuggets from Vegas

    Chuck Mindenhall

    LAS VEGAS -- There's a theory among heavyweights that Junior dos Santos is vulnerable on the ground. It's only a theory because nobody he faces is able to take the fight there. Dos Santos' ground game remains a mystery because he has proved himself t...

    Blog | December 28, 2012
  8. The bittersweet demise of Strikeforce

    Chuck Mindenhall

    As a still nascent sport, the landscape in MMA can change rapidly. The only constant in a sport like this is there are no constants. Not quite two years ago, in January 2011, Strikeforce rolled out eight of the fiercest heavyweights in the land to...

    Blog | November 09, 2012
  9. Light heavy gone awry thanks to Sokoudjou

    Chuck Mindenhall

    As a fighter in the UFC's light heavyweight division, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou didn't amount to much. That was in 2008, when he was fresh off an upset of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in Pride. The momentum didn't carry over to the UFC. As a periphera...

    Blog | October 30, 2012
  10. The Lesnar/Fedor fight that never was

    Chuck Mindenhall

    It took some time and liquidation, but the UFC's heavyweight division is finally made up of beasts. It's to the point that there's a legitimate top pairing (Cain Velasquez versus Junior dos Santos) with a behemoth flexing in the wings (Alistair Overe...

    Blog | October 25, 2012
  11. Little dudes bring it, the casual fan leaves it

    Chuck Mindenhall

    The flyweights are either the most exhilarating electrons to ever blur our field of vision, or something of a fight game hoax. Which is it? For those of you who think 125-pound grown men fighting is boring or anticlimactic, Dana White thinks you'r...

    Blog | September 25, 2012
  12. Vera's ongoing process of rediscovery

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Quick: What's 1-2-0-1 since 2009, recently fired yet brought back via a strange case of inhuman urine, that beats up the occasional "Fireman?" That would be Brandon Vera, a fighter who had such a big buzz on his name back as a heavyweight that he...

    Blog | June 07, 2012
  13. Modern era of heavyweights now upon us

    Chuck Mindenhall

    The flyweights debuted in the UFC in February, though the concept of high-octane little dudes had existed for a long time. Long before then, Tachi Palace Fights was the North American home to 125 pounders, and it always felt like the Central Californ...

    Blog | May 25, 2012
  14. 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
  15. Next two weeks to shape landscape at 205

    Chuck Mindenhall

    In the "who's out there to challenge Jon Jones" discussion, Alexander Gustafsson is the light heavyweight intrigue right now. He is the horizon, the challenge looming at the end of the Mayan calendar for the current champion. Should he lose to Thiago...

    Blog | April 11, 2012
  16. The heavyweights truly arrive in May

    Chuck Mindenhall

    The biggest heavyweight fight in UFC history between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez lasted a minute and four seconds. It was so brief that the coveted casual fan that tuned in to FOX that night was left with these four lonely words -- wait, so ...

    Blog | March 08, 2012