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  1. 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
  2. Five wave-makers moving from Strikeforce

    Chuck Mindenhall

    It's fight week, and it's flight week. No more Strikeforce after Saturday night. No more wondering if and when we'll be sold on Josh Thomson-Gilbert Melendez IV. No more decagon, and no more second-class citizenry. At long last, the long road ends...

    Blog | January 07, 2013
  3. Fifty reasons to love mixed martial arts

    Chuck Mindenhall

    The year 2012 was supposed to be a christening in MMA. The UFC was in the first year of a long-coveted broadcast deal, which meant something like the first (big) step toward something like (actual) legitimization. Smaller fighter molds were create...

    Blog | January 01, 2013
  4. The Poll: MMA fighters discuss fight week

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Editor's note: This story appears in the Nov. 26 issue of ESPN The Magazine. Subscribe today! After months of physical preparation, MMA combatants have to endure fight week - three to seven mentally exhausting days during which they must travel, c...

    Blog | November 17, 2012
  5. 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
  6. WSOF taking it one step at a time

    Chuck Mindenhall

    On Nov. 3, the date originally slated to be Daniel Cormier's big Oklahoma homecoming in Strikeforce against Frank Mir, the World Series of Fighting will host its inaugural show in Las Vegas. Strikeforce was canceled in the wake of injuries. That leav...

    Blog | October 23, 2012
  7. Where on earth is Fabricio Werdum?

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Frank Mir is out of his cross-promotional fight with Daniel Cormier, which falls right in with the injury vortex of 2012. Incredulous? We shot right past incredulous in April or May. In September, we are numb to injury dropouts (or at least shoul...

    Blog | September 22, 2012
  8. Rousey drumming up more interest in MMA

    Chuck Mindenhall

    If there's a plus side to women's MMA lacking depth, it's that "super fights" are easier to comprehend. Take the case of Cristiane Santos (the most menacing champion there ever was) and Ronda Rousey (the galvanizing force of brand new interest). R...

    Blog | August 22, 2012
  9. Run for the LH title shot now a party of four

    Chuck Mindenhall

    This is one sport where public outcry reaches important ears. After promising a title shot to the winner of Saturday night's Brandon Vera/Mauricio Rua bout on a media call, Dana White has had a change of heart. The news of Rua or Vera getting anot...

    Blog | August 01, 2012
  10. '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
  11. Fedors legacy more than wins and losses

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Fedor Emelianenko didn't lament his losses like his fans did, and he didn't smite his chest as the world's greatest fighter back when people argued he was just that. He never talked smack to his opponents, and didn't tweet smiley faces when bad thing...

    Blog | June 22, 2012
  12. 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
  13. Thomson/Melendez III will have to do

    Chuck Mindenhall

    For what it's worth, Gilbert Melendez/Josh Thomson III isn't a bad fight. It's just not the fight people wanted. It just feels obvious and limited and, you know, uninspired. There was a time not that long ago when Dana White assured everybody that...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  14. Many options for Melendez under Zuffa

    Chuck Mindenhall

    Alright, so Gilbert Melendez will fight on May 19 in San Jose, only five months and two days after beating Jorge Masvidal to retain his title. Though this isn't major news in itself, it's a turnaround that beats nine months of involuntary limbo. ...

    Blog | March 13, 2012
  15. 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
  16. Rousey backs up her talk in Columbus

    Chuck Mindenhall

    COLUMBUS -- Heading into the fight, Strikeforce's women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate said that wrestling trumps judo nine out of 10 times. She was speaking from experience, and experience also happened to be an x-factor against an opponent wit...

    Blog | March 04, 2012