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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. 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. Pot to PED ratio is an imbalanced 1:1

    Chuck Mindenhall

    The UFC wants to pare down its roster, and right now fighters are helping in the quest. Over the past couple of weeks, three more drug tests have come back hot. Alex Caceres for marijuana metabolites. Riki Fukuda for a cocktail of stimulants. Lavar J...

    Blog | March 22, 2013
  4. Diaz's dilemma, GSP's dominance, more

    Chuck Mindenhall

    By the time the smoke cleared, and Georges St-Pierre was eating pizza off the floor in celebration of his eighth title defense, Nick Diaz became MMA's equivalent of the "boy who cried wolf (tickets)." He told Joe Rogan after the fight that he was th...

    Blog | March 18, 2013
  5. Hendricks, St-Pierre on collision course

    Chuck Mindenhall

    MONTREAL -- For everything the Georges St-Pierre-Nick Diaz bout wasn't -- enthralling, competitive, an out-and-out war -- Georges St-Pierre versus Johny Hendricks just might be. And that's the silver lining after UFC 158, where wolf tickets and dark ...

    Blog | March 17, 2013
  6. Nick Diaz showed up and talked

    Chuck Mindenhall

    MONTREAL -- The big news was that Nick Diaz showed up. Believe it or not, this was a concern after the challenger skipped Wednesday's open workouts in Montreal. And after, you know, his history of sort of not showing up. "Well it was either I miss...

    Blog | March 14, 2013
  7. GSP's mindset, Ellenberger's chances, more

    Chuck Mindenhall

    What exactly is Georges St-Pierre's "dark place"? It has become a hashtag on Twitter for one thing -- an unlit place where St-Pierre himself never goes. Leading up to this weekend's fight with Nick Diaz at UFC 158 in Montreal, the UFC ran a slick pro...

    Blog | March 14, 2013
  8. 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
  9. 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
  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. B.J. Penn works in mysterious ways

    Chuck Mindenhall

    "The Prodigy" has always been an enigma. B.J. Penn retired in 2011, citing the unpresentable condition of his face after a three-round brawl with Nick Diaz. He told Joe Rogan in the postfight interview, "I've got a daughter, and another daughter o...

    Blog | December 05, 2012
  12. Superfight with Silva still hinges on GSP

    Chuck Mindenhall

    MONTREAL -- Well, that clears things up. Or at least there's a chance the events that took place at UFC 154 will lead to where we suspect they might. Everybody knew that Georges St-Pierre was fighting more than Carlos Condit on Saturday at the Be...

    Blog | November 18, 2012
  13. Punishments start fitting the crimes in MMA

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Marijuana isn't a performance-enhancing drug, you say? Try running that nonsense by any guitarist in a jam band. All that noodling is backlit by something, brother. In MMA, though, marijuana doesn't enhance fight night performance. In fact, it pr...

    Blog | November 08, 2012
  14. 'Tis the season of curious call-outs

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz says he wants current UFC titlist Anderson Silva -- when Diaz comes back from his suspension. The time away has apparently opened up his imagination, and out flies his always-fascinating fancy. Silva's camp s...

    Blog | July 29, 2012
  15. Fight week becomes damage control

    Chuck Mindenhall

    On Monday, Jon Jones put out his first statement since being arrested this weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence. He did this on Facebook. On the same day, Chael Sonnen filed for a therapeutic use exemption with the Nevada State Athleti...

    Blog | May 22, 2012
  16. 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