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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. Curran cut just right for Bellator format

    Chuck Mindenhall

    The tournament format that Bellator uses isn't for everyone. But it is for current featherweight champion Pat Curran, who navigated fields in two separate weight classes en route to becoming Bellator's 145-pound division champion. Curran is the pr...

    Blog | April 02, 2013
  3. 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
  4. Swanson light as a feather, strong as an ox

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Dennis Siver and Dustin Poirier are nothing alike. Siver is shaped like a fire hydrant with spring-loaded legs; Poirier is sleek and aerodynamic. Cub Swanson understands these obvious differences better than anybody right about now. He first had ...

    Blog | February 12, 2013
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Jumping weight classes is trending

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Now that Frankie Edgar has finally been persuaded to fight in the UFC's featherweight division, we can get on with other fresher transplantations. Next up: Jose Aldo, to lightweight. Go figure. Edgar goes down to fight for Aldo's belt; Aldo go...

    Blog | November 29, 2012
  9. Edgar-Aldo a colossal fight of small men

    Chuck Mindenhall

    It took 10 less pounds and a thousand lobbyists for Frankie Edgar to arrive at a familiar spot -- a championship fight that nobody expects him to win. He'll fight Jose Aldo at UFC 153 in a bout with a hat trick of fun curiosities: There's featherweig...

    Blog | August 31, 2012
  10. May a rough month to be a UFC prospect

    Chuck Mindenhall

    At the end of April, prospects Rory MacDonald and Michael McDonald did work at UFC 145 in Atlanta. MacDonald's work was a showcase fight with an outmatched Che Mills, while bantamweight McDonald's was an eye-opening win over Miguel Torres. Today,...

    Blog | May 29, 2012
  11. Title fights at a premium after Cruz injury

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Training camps have become their own game of roulette, and Dominick Cruz -- who trains fiendishly year round -- is the latest casualty. Cruz tore his anterior cruciate ligament Thursday while prepping for his July 7 title fight with Urijah Faber,...

    Blog | May 08, 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. UFC title album missing some pictures

    Chuck Mindenhall

    The UFC's flyweight division was exactly one fight old when things went haywire at the top. That's so 2012 in the UFC. When title belts are in play, all paths look more like construction zones with detours. This time, Ian McCall appeared as i...

    Blog | March 06, 2012
  15. Hioki states his case for Aldo fight

    Chuck Mindenhall

    If he didn't raise any eyebrows in his Octagon debut against George Roop back at UFC 137, highly regarded featherweight Hatsu Hioki did so on his native soil against stalwart Bart Palaszewski at UFC 144. The reigning Shooto lightweight and Sengok...

    Blog | February 26, 2012
  16. Wait, UFC Rio is this week?

    Chuck Mindenhall

    It's fight week, and the most we're hearing about UFC 142 is coming from concerned third parties about how nobody's talking about UFC 142. It is a pay-per-view, after all, with a title at stake. It is happening only one time zone removed from eastern...

    Blog | January 10, 2012