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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. Postmortem: Grant rises, Silva slides, more

    Chuck Mindenhall

    The thing about Mike Tyson was that everybody saw him coming. From the opening bell it felt as if his opponents were fighting from check, trying to avoid the savage exchange that would end, inevitably, in a violent checkmate. He was cageside for UFC ...

    Blog | May 28, 2013
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  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 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
  9. UFCoF5 the blowout weve been waiting for

    Chuck Mindenhall

    The first UFC on Fox was a "bonus" that we had never asked for, nor did we complain when we got it (or, at least until Cain Velasquez made the work too easy that night for Junior dos Santos). That was the table-setter for the seven-year relationship ...

    Blog | August 15, 2012
  10. 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
  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. 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
  13. No Reem? Consider these guys for JDS

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Another day, another hot urine test, another busted main event ... and, alas, another (potential) domino sequence. So continues life in the mixed martial arts. This time it's Alistair Overeem who raised the red flag, the very same Overeem who elud...

    Blog | April 06, 2012
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Hendo, White need to get on same page

    Chuck Mindenhall

    For all the marvels, one thing that UFC President Dana White has never been particularly good at is speaking for Dan Henderson. This was the case before Henderson bolted for Strikeforce, and it's still the case right now. And for as telegraphic a...

    Blog | February 17, 2012