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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. Bellator turns the 'Page on ideology

    Chuck Mindenhall

    The word "popularity" trumps a word like "retread" six days of the week. It did in the case of Quinton Jackson -- the popular, yet polarizing, former UFC champion who just became Bellator's latest acquisition, according to a Spike TV press release. "...

    Blog | June 04, 2013
  3. Postmortem: Sonnen doesn't show up; and more

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Heading into UFC 159, figuring out ways that Chael Sonnen could compete with Jon Jones required an active imagination. The leading idea on how to get it done was for Sonnen to put his chin down, stick the crown of his head into Jones' chest and drive...

    Blog | April 29, 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. UFC 159: Twist of fate in Jersey

    Chuck Mindenhall

    All the UFC 159 promos can't do away with the most basic question: How did we get here? The first time Chael Sonnen fought Anderson Silva, the original novelty was his utter disregard for Silva's legacy. To that point people had only been reverent...

    Blog | April 24, 2013
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Solutions for the 'muddleweight' division

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Anderson Silva has surveyed two potential foes up close, only to have things go haywire. First he traveled to Montreal for UFC 154 as a prelude to a "superfight" against Georges St-Pierre. Then, two months later, he hit Sao Paulo, Brazil, to chec...

    Blog | January 21, 2013
  9. The careful business of appreciating Silva

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Do we underappreciate Anderson Silva, or does Dana White underestimate our appreciation of Anderson Silva? Can't be both, can it? White has pointed out to the media that the media doesn't grasp how great Silva is. Not like he does, anyway. He has ...

    Blog | December 11, 2012
  10. GSP-Diaz and the path of least resistance

    Chuck Mindenhall

    In a UFC on FOX prefight media scrum, Dana White confirmed what a lot of people were thinking: that Georges St-Pierre wants to fight Nick Diaz next. And, with St-Pierre having been such a good lad this holiday season, that's the new fight they're loo...

    Blog | December 07, 2012
  11. Are White's intentions good? Absolutely ...

    Chuck Mindenhall

    The new buzzword in the UFC is "absolutely." There absolutely will be women's MMA in the UFC, now that Ronda Rousey has enough depth to make up for a division. The UFC absolutely will visit Puerto Rico again. Ditto Boston, and India, and Columbus....

    Blog | October 31, 2012
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Silva/Jones chorus swells a little louder

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Now that Anderson Silva has done away with Stephan Bonnar, a perfunctory matter that he handled with the usual play-action legerdemain, we can go back to disagreeing with his finicky taste in opponents. We can, and we will. Why not UFC light ...

    Blog | October 15, 2012
  15. Jones' toughness stands out in Toronto

    Chuck Mindenhall

    All of the questions regarding Jon Jones' chin heading into his 10th, 11th and even tonight's 12th UFC fight were more of a hype-game curiosity. Surely every man has a vulnerability, and it's easiest to prescribe vulnerabilities toward whatever i...

    Blog | September 23, 2012
  16. Belfort and the shelf life of a 'Phenom'

    Chuck Mindenhall

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Vitor Belfort is the longest-tenured UFC fighter, an ante-Zuffaian heirloom who was Jon Jones long before there was a Jon Jones. If he's distinguished, it's because he's learned to adapt within the meanest landscape in sports. ...

    Blog | September 19, 2012