Chat with Brett Okamoto
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN.com mixed martial arts writer Brett Okamoto stops by to chat about the news from the octagon.
Okamoto joined ESPN.com in December 2010. Previously, he was the boxing/MMA writer for the Las Vegas Sun newspaper and has also worked with Sports Illustrated magazine and CNN.com.
Send your questions now and join Okamoto Friday at 1 p.m. ET!
Brett Okamoto (1:07 PM)
Yo! Sorry I'm a little late guys ... bit of a technical issue. I logged in and saw zero questions. Thought you guys bailed on me this week. We're all good now. Let's chat. How about that brawl, right?
Ed Belleville Mi [via mobile]
I'm thinking Hendricks-Lawler 2 headlines the New Years show with Ronda in the co main. Your thoughts?
Brett Okamoto (1:09 PM)
I would say that is 100 percent possible, yes.
Josh Grispi is an EX UFC fighter but how much are incidents like this, the Jones / DC rumble and the regular drug test queries affecting the marketability of the sport and what can be done to fix it ? (or do not enough people care)
Brett Okamoto (1:10 PM)
Honestly, I don't think it affects the sport that much. There was a time when it would have, but I think the sport has reached a level of consciousness in the mainstream that the knee jerk reaction to these kinds of stories is no longer, "See?! I knew these guys were barbarians!!" At least that pertains to the brawl and the Grispi story. The failed drug tests are making the sport look kind of bad right now, I would agree with that one.
Where does DC / Bones rumble rate on your weirdest moments whilst covering combat sports?
Brett Okamoto (1:12 PM)
Haha, if any of you watched the fan Q&A the following day in Los Angeles, I would actually say that was "weirder" than the brawl. Very strange back and forth between the two during that one. The brawl itself, I wouldn't even call it "weird," I'd call it surreal. And I will tell you, at least personally, watching it live I thought, "Wow! How is this happening?? What is Jones THINKING?? Throwing punches like that?" And then, watching it back on video, it did not seem nearly as bad. Maybe that's just life vs. camera. Maybe it's just we're all used to seeing violence on-screen. Not sure. But, (again, IMO) I didn't think the video did it justice. In person, it felt a lot crazier.
Shawn (phone) [via mobile]
I'm still going through withdrawal from not seeing GSP fight lol, a lot of people say he's boring but I personally like his fights and his style, that being said, Do you think he will EVER come back? No one gives me a clear answer, so I came to the professor, Brett Okomoto! Thank you
Brett Okamoto (1:13 PM)
Professor Okamoto say ... GSP will definitely be back.
Nick (Melbourne (Australia))
I assume like Ben Fowkes mailbag, a lot of questions are going to be about the Bones / DC media event....all I really want to ask is what should happen (in terms of punishment) and what will happen?
Brett Okamoto (1:14 PM)
What should happen: Fine. What will happen: Fine. As bad as it was, I don't think you suspend them from the fight, obviously. Maybe I feel that way just because that would never happen, so you don't even consider it as a potential punishment. I guess you COULD argue they should be pulled from the main event, suspended without pay, all that ... but no one is going to argue that. Fine them and move on.
Jeffrey Custer Knoxville TN [via mobile]
I have been reflecting alot on my love of MMA alot lately (drug failures and UFC and commission drama). Why can't I just be entertained? I found love for MMA transitioning as a 12 y/o WWE fan to so "hardcore" that I check on K-Taro Nakamura's wiki to see what he's up to frequently. Why the heartbreak and disappointment? Why am I more worried that my favorite fighter is gonna fail a test then get injured? HELP!
Brett Okamoto (1:16 PM)
A drug culture has been created in this sport because the testing sucked for so long. That's just the truth of the matter. Testing still isn't perfect and quite frankly, it's still terrible depending on what jurisdiction the fight is taking place in. It's on everyone's radar now though, much more so than before. Commissions are trying to improve it and eventually the pressure on the UFC might get to a point where they do make a statement ... release one of their more popular fighters after a failed test. We're not there yet, but I think we're potentially moving in that direction.
Chase [via mobile]
Hey Brett, I heard rumors that the Korean Zombie was booked for a fight and Ricardo Lamas is too. If they do have scheduled opponents, who's left for Dennis Burmudez? By the way do you think he gets enough respect? Thank you
Brett Okamoto (1:20 PM)
I heard there was very brief talk about Frankie Edgar fighting Bermudez, but ultimately I don't think Cub Swanson will sit out for months and months so he needs a fight and Edgar is really the only opponent for him that makes sense. Not sure what happens with Bermudez now. Maybe winner of Nik Lentz/Charles Oliveira? I don't think he quite gets enough respect but at the same time, he still has to prove he can beat a top, top level guy.
Don't mean to sound like a conspiracy theorist but there seemed to be very little "fighter security" (not crowd security) for the Bones / Cormier media event. Usually there are guards and management everywhere whilst I'm pretty sure that the ensuing fracas wouldnt have happened if Dana or Lorenzo were present. Agree?
Brett Okamoto (1:21 PM)
I agree the fracas would not have happened if Dana was there. In terms of security though, it was the same as any other UFC media event like this. Dana's bodyguard wasn't there, obviously, but MGM security was there. All of UFC PR team was basically there since it was in Las Vegas. There's not a lot of "fighter security" in general at UFC events.
Bobby (California) [via mobile]
Hey Brett, love the chats! I kinda wanted to get your take on the Matt Mitrione vs Derick Lewis fight? It's an under the radar fight in my opinion. Derick is very heavy handed and Mitrione looks to trade also. Very interesting
Brett Okamoto (1:22 PM)
Yeah, it's an action heavyweight fight. I don't hold out extremely high expectations for either of them in terms of making a title run, but Lewis has been fun to watch so far and I have a lasting image of Mitrione standing on his chair after Lewis' last fight and yelling, "All day (expletive)! All day!" So, there will be a little heat between the two before that one you would think.
Rick (Denver mile high) [via mobile]
Long time chatter, my question is about diego sanchez. I'm sure a lot of people (A LOT) think he is a gatekeeper, and I get that, but I feel like he can knock off some up and comers: norman parke, Jim Miller, glisoun tebau etc.. I wanna know what you think of diego sanchezs future? Thanks a lot man
Brett Okamoto (1:25 PM)
I think Diego has pretty much been in the same role he is now ever since he got creamed by B.J. Penn for the title. He is a gatekeeper, but he's sort of like this special hybrid of a gatekeeper. He tests guys' will, you know? You get a guy like Normal Parke who is technical, pretty marketable, athletic, shows potential ... you put him in against Diego and see what he's made of. Even if he loses, he learns from fighting a guy who just never quits. Sanchez is not going to make another title run, he's just not. But he's still really valuable to the UFC for plenty of other reasons.
Andre Gonzalez long beach ca [via mobile]
What's the word in shogun any new fights for him put him against anthony johnson
Brett Okamoto (1:26 PM)
Noooooo. If I'm Shogun's management, no way do I agree to a fight against Anthony Johnson right now. I don't even let Sho go to an event where AJ will be, just to avoid potential call outs. Give Rua a far less dangerous fight. He's a name and he can still be fun to watch. Seeing Johnson slaughter him would not be fun, though.
Bernard (Parts Unknown)
Brett, any word on KZ's next fight? Thanks
Brett Okamoto (1:27 PM)
UFC Tonight reported this week he could face Akira Corassani on the Oct. 4 card in Sweden.
Ston Los Angeles, CA [via mobile]
Which mma fighter you think would be the best street fighter? For example if Dwayne"The Rock"Johnson fought say Hector Lombard in a street fight who would u take?
Brett Okamoto (1:29 PM)
I mean, I'd take Lombard in a street fight against Johnson because Lombard is a fighter. And I would take the best fighter in the world, Jon Jones, in a street fight because ... he's the best fighter in the world. Adding the element of "street fight" I don't think would necessarily give one fighter a greater advantage than another. I'm pretty sure Jones would know how to fight dirty in a street fight if he got in one.
Alex Peer Des Moines IA [via mobile]
Do you think if less popular fighters got into it the way Jones and Dc did that they would lose their jobs? And when is the Thatch/Mien fight? And Mcgregor is starting to make Bisbing look timid. I like his confidence but its starting to just sound cocky but I will give him some credit cause I'm very interested to see him fight.
Brett Okamoto (1:31 PM)
*Less popular fighters question: Yes. If it were two prelim guys none of us had heard of and they meant nothing to the UFC bottom line, the UFC would cut them and cancel their fight. I do believe that. *Thatch/Mien is off, Thatch got a nasty toe injury. Google photos at your own risk. *I love the McGregor talk. I think it's getting to the point where he has to do soooo many interviews that he's in danger of going on auto-pilot, which waters down what he says. But when he's on and shooting from the cuff, he's fantastic.
Zachary [via mobile]
I always read in previous chats that you would love to see Junior Dos Santos Vs Alistair Overeem And I would too along with many others, but I honestly think with JDS's power and Overeem's fairly weak chin it doesn't last long.. Am I Wrong or...
Brett Okamoto (1:32 PM)
You're not wrong. I would pick JDS all day in that fight, but if you recall, the two had a good level of animosity towards one another back when they were supposed to fight for the title. That's sort of lingered for me, I want to see it ... especially since these other fights they're getting in are kind of "meh." I really can't see JDS vs. Overeem, because JDS needs to fight Stipe and Overeem needs to fight Ben Rothwell? Come on.
Susan [via mobile]
I recently read that Paul Heyman (Brock Lesnar's) best friend/manager said that he "has a clean bill of health" and would be open to MMA again. I honestly don't think he'd make much an impact anymore. Other than ratings. What's your Take on this situation? Thanks Brett
Brett Okamoto (1:34 PM)
Same as you. Total ratings grab, but it's not like I'm going to hate on that. If the UFC were to bring Brock back in, is he the worst heavyweight in their division? Absolutely not. It wouldn't be a complete freak show thing, this guy won the title at one point. Honestly, if they are able to bring him back, look out for the Frank Mir trilogy, too. I would not be shocked at all if that were his first fight back.
Johnny (Oregon) [via mobile]
You watching any metamoris Saturday? Pumped to see the GANGSTER chael sonnen
Brett Okamoto (1:34 PM)
I think I have to, yeah. ESPN doesn't report the results on the website, but in terms of my curiosity, yeah I'll be watching.
michael in michigan [via mobile]
Does Connor Mcgregor know who the champ is in his division? I don't think he does. Aldo would destroy him. Imo
Brett Okamoto (1:35 PM)
If you believe the champ would destroy you, you're probably in the wrong sport. And even if Conor deep down knows that's a tough fight for him, which I would think he has to, he doesn't have to admit it. His confidence/cockiness is what's drawing people to him right now. It's genius. Dude is making money.
Parolee Proud (Rochester NY) [via mobile]
With a weak UFC HW division, I have been wondering where Rumble would rank in that division right now if he moved up (just curious). He already destroyed Arlovski, so at least back end of top 10?? Who you got right now, Rumble vs Stipe??
Brett Okamoto (1:37 PM)
Interesting question ... My gut reaction is to still pick Stipe over Johnson at heavyweight. He's gotten pretty technical on the feet, seems to have a decent gas tank, the wrestling could be a factor ... Johnson would have no problem sticking in the Top 10 of that division though. No problem.
Mat(562mma) CA [via mobile]
I see Manny gamburyan is dropping to bantam.. Wow that guy is thick as hell all be it only 5'4" it definitely seems extreme.. What's ur thoughts on Chael potentially getting repermanded for metamoris tomorrow.. What if it was a wrestling tournament?.. Wonder if it would b considered "combat" also??.. Seems unfair.. I think it's kind of a witch hunt at this point....lastly what do u think the ceiling for Dennis Bermudez is??.. This guy seems to have it all to me.. I might pick him over any fw except the top 2/3 ranked ..he's quite similar to Mendez .. Not sure bout that one.. Maybe Edgar's technical boxing would cause a few problems..
Brett Okamoto (1:39 PM)
*Chael, I don't think he should be fined for competing. The NSAC doesn't oversee grappling tournaments and if they did want to prevent Chael from competing and making money in something like this, they should have brought it up when they suspended him. If they truly didn't know about it at that point, that's on them. Not Chael. *Bermudez' ceiling is high, but that division has really developed some killers. I would pick most of the top guys over Bermudez in a fight.
Gabriel (209) [via mobile]
Early prediction: Tim Kennedy vs Yoel Romero?
Brett Okamoto (1:40 PM)
I think I'm going Kennedy. Weather early storms in Round 1. Be Tim Kennedy. Romero can be taken down and we all know how tenacious Kennedy is at keeping position when he has a guy down. Close fight to call, though. I think I like Kennedy's fight IQ just a little more than Romero's but obviously Romero carrying way more fire power.
Billy [via mobile]
I gotta difficult question. I understand that Nick Diaz Vs Anderson Silva makes A HUGE fight, i get that. But what does Nick Diaz gets out of it? I personally think he's gonna lose, and if that happens, what's next? He's not getting a title shot and I'm sure he'll refuse to fight anybody else, so I don't get it.
Brett Okamoto (1:41 PM)
Brett Okamoto (1:42 PM)
And if he loses, you can spin that. He fought a guy who legitimately weighs about 25 pounds more than he does. Oh, and that guy also happens to the be the GOAT. Of course he lost, no biggie. Throw him in against another welterweight contender and move on. No harm done.
Last week you had your top 5 super fights, this fight would never happen but where does a fight between Nick and Nat Diaz rank?
Brett Okamoto (1:43 PM)
Ha, not sure. I can't really picture it outside of the gym, you know? They would never do it. Even if they would, it wouldn't rank all that high for me.
Stockhold card is gonna be headlined by Gunnar Nelson and Rick Story. Obviously Nelson is still proving where he lies in the contender tier, and Story is WW's top 10 gatekeeper. Who wins? And if Gunnar does, who does he get matched up with next? Winner of Stun Gun/Woodley? Ellenberger if he picks up a win?
Brett Okamoto (1:46 PM)
Pretty good fight for Nelson, I think he'll win just because he's so much more technical than Story. You know Story is going to push the pace on him, try to pull him into exchanges and Story has pretty good takedown defense ... but Nelson is just too technical for him. The real question about Nelson for me is what's going to happen when he runs into a real physical, big welterweight. Story kind of fits that description, but his lack of technique will make a big difference. Is Nelson big and athletic enough to handle a guy like Tyron Woodley or even, let's go unranked, someone like a Jordan Mein who will be so much bigger than him? Size isn't everything but when Gunnar starts fighting Top 8 guys or so, that size disadvantage is going to be real key to watch. If he does beat Story, yeah, Gun/Woodley winner would be cool with me.
How do you think Jones will handle the pressure that Cormier brings? How well will Jones do off of his back? We all know what will happen if cormier can't get inside, but if he's able to get inside do you see cormier having the advantage, or do you see Jones doing what he did to teixeira? Can you get me a job at espn? I work in IT
Brett Okamoto (1:48 PM)
I think Cormier's best moments will be at the beginning of the fight when he's fresh. I have talked to A LOT of people in the industry, fighters, trainers, managers, reporters, etc. who are picking Cormier in that fight. I think they are doing so because they picture Cormier being fearless, getting to the inside, throwing combinations and taking Jones down. I can see that happening, but my thing is Cormier has to hurt Jones when that happens. Because the longer the fight goes, the harder Cormier is working for takedowns, the more tired he gets, the more Jones can pepper him from the outside and rob him of mobility with kicks ... if Cormier loses any of his explosiveness, Jones will start picking him apart and could even put him on his back. Give me Jones in the fight, man. I like Jones. I'll see what I can do about that job.
Hunter (Staten island) [via mobile]
I'm going to my first UFC event. Ufc 178! That was my birthday present haha that card is so stacked. My brother has been to a couple and said I shouldn't care about the preliminary fights. What would you recommend i watch for a first timer?
Brett Okamoto (1:50 PM)
Depends how big of a fan you are. If you're pretty casual and won't know anyone on the prelims and would rather spend your time walking around the strip, I'm not gonna hate you for it. If it's your first event though, and maybe last in a while?, I would say get there when the doors open and watch every fight you can. You've paid for them, so why not see them, you know?
Sammy (was) [via mobile]
Over/Under 4 rounds: Cormier Vs Jon Jones, Silva vs Nick Diaz
Brett Okamoto (1:51 PM)
I'd probably go under on both ... Cormier/Jones could definitely go the distance though.
Christopher [via mobile]
Hey, kind of an "under the radar" type of fight with Bader Vs St Pruex. Who would you favor in that fight? Thanks man
Brett Okamoto (1:52 PM)
Yeah, I do like that fight. OSP is the reason that fight is under the radar, because he's under the radar. I don't really think Bader is going to be a guy who fights for a UFC title, but at the same time, I don't think you can COMPLETELY give up on him yet. This is sort of his last "run" if you will. He wins this, gets a big fight, pulls off an upset, who knows? We might see him in a title fight. He loses this one though and it's pretty much over. I like Bader in the fight because I think he's a better wrestler. I think he's fighting smart on the feet and should be able to avoid a big shot from OSP. Not sure who benefits from it being five rounds ...
troy [via mobile]
Is there any update on Eddie alverez? He could've had at least 2 fights by now! Time is wasting for this guy. It's a shame
Brett Okamoto (1:54 PM)
It is a shame. The concussion he suffered before the Chandler fight was a huge blow. He would have been a free agent after that fight, possibly leaving Bellator as the champ and headed to the UFC. Instead, he's still stuck in a promotion it doesn't seem like he wants to be in. There is legitimacy to the rumors of Bellator releasing him from what I've heard ... but until it happens, he's stuck. Time is running out to put him on the 178 card, too.
Tomas (Tom's river) [via mobile]
Love the chats man! Alright, 2 part question. 1: The heavyweight division is kind of.. weak. If Junior Dos Santos Ever Decides to work on his game other than boxing, do you think he gets revenge on Cain? 2: I have a concern about Daniel Cormier's cardio heading into the Jones fight. He's never faced anyone like Jones that wares you down, do you think his cardio will be a factor late in rounds? Thank you a lot
Brett Okamoto (1:56 PM)
1. Yeah, I've said before I think JDS can still be the greatest heavyweight in that division, but wow was that trilogy fight disappointing. He showed no evolution whatsoever. Him sort of switching camps and spending time at Nova Uniao might be a sign he's changing that. You never know though, he might end up being one of those guys who was a great athlete and could have been so much better, but just fell in love with boxing and just couldn't 100 percent commit himself to the other facets of the game. 2. Not so much the cardio that concerns me as it is the second thing you said, Jones wears guys down. He takes away your explosiveness. The challenge is constantly on you to get inside his reach and that will wear on your for five rounds.
Todd (bay area) [via mobile]
Got my tickets for sept 27th pumped for that card. Any recommendation or must do's for first time UFC attendee in Vegas?
Brett Okamoto (1:58 PM)
Not really to be honest, man. A great UFC card in Vegas, I really don't think it's possible to have a bad time. If you are UFC obsessed and want to try and meet fighters, they do mill around the MGM during fight week.
Hi Brett, if you are NASC, what would type of penality you would give W.Silva for running away from surprise testing (literally)
Brett Okamoto (1:59 PM)
The minimum he's facing is nine months, I would think. That's what the NSAC gives for a first time failed test, and you have to treat this like a failed test. I mean, Silva admitted to having diuretics in his system. We have no idea if that's true or not, but his admission is on record with the commission ... I think they could suspend him for longer, but personally, I'm expecting a nine-month suspension from the date of the "failed" test.
Anthony (Portland, OR)
Update on Cowboy-Alvarez for 178? And, if that fight gets made, is 178 hands down the card of the year (on paper)? Does it already have that distinction?
Brett Okamoto (2:00 PM)
Like I said in the other question, time is running out to make the fight. Needs to happen soon if it's going to happen. Interesting note, Bellator now has heard these rumors same as everyone else. Do you cut Alvarez lose early enough so that it benefits your opposition? The rumor of Alvarez being on 178 probably wasn't good for him when you think about it. And in terms of 178 being the card of the year, I would say it already is, yeah.
Brian (Charlottesville, VA)
Any news on if Dave Sholler doing any future stare downs in place of Dana? He's been a poster boy for meme's these last few days, lol.
Brett Okamoto (2:01 PM)
Haha, not sure. I think an administrative probation is at least in order. Dave is never gonna be a big guy but he might have to hit the weight room if he wants staredown opportunities again.
Is there anyone in Jon Jones camp that can pull him aside and tell him to grow up? He keeps looking more and more like a child and unlike Sonnen or Koscheck does want to be hated or care for being hated.
Brett Okamoto (2:02 PM)
Jones is gonna act how he wants to act. If I'm in his crew, I tell him to do him. That's what crews do.
Mark (Temescal Valley, Ca.)
Have you seen the Vitor pic Weidman posted? Hahaha (http://instagram.com/p/raYX88ihmx) looks like a different human being. Does Vitor have any chance off his magic elixir?
Brett Okamoto (2:03 PM)
Yeah, the side-by-side shot is pretty incredible. His head looks morphed. His body of course, much smaller, but look at the head! Looks like two different people. Does Vitor have a chance? I don't know man ... he's not the same Vitor that fought in Brazil three times last year, I think we can be sure of that.
William [via mobile]
Hey Brett assuming Jacare Souza wins vs moussasi, who does he face next?
Brett Okamoto (2:04 PM)
Good question. I've talked to Luke Rockhold about the fight, he's open to it even though he's beaten him before. I don't know how much the UFC would want to book that fight ... it's not really something that I think would draw in a ton of fan interest and it burns one for the other. I don't have a great answer for you. 185 is sort of in limbo right now.
Cormier obviously has the wrestling pedigree, but giving up a lot of height and reach to Jones. Do you think DC can get in on him?
Brett Okamoto (2:06 PM)
I do, early in the fight. I think he's quicker than he gets credit for ... you hear this about Johny Hendricks, he's spent his life training that explosive first move on the takedown ... that helps in your striking, too. High caliber wrestlers, not all of them but some of them, can really close distance fast. If Cormier doesn't hurt Jones early though, like I said, I think he'll get less and less explosive and that's when you'll really see the size disadvantage matter.
Jose [via mobile]
If Dominick Cruz comes back to form and wins at ufc 178 and gets his title shot, do you think he could beat Dilliashaw or barrao? Thanks
Brett Okamoto (2:06 PM)
I would not put anything past that guy. That might seem like a PC answer, but if he comes back and looks anything like his old self, why can't he beat someone like T.J. Dillashaw? I think he can.
The Smiling knight (Coram/NY)
Any chance we could see a Rumble vs Gus fight if an injury happens in the Jones/Cormier fight ? I would love to see that fight
Brett Okamoto (2:08 PM)
Yeah, anything's possible. Let's say Cormier wins but that knee gets jacked and he has to sit out a period of time, you definitely have Gus fight in the meantime. All depends on the circumstances. You would have to have the winner be 100 percent out for a substantial amount of time though. If he just has wear and tear from the fight but could be booked again around May or so, then you won't see the Gus/Johnson fight.
Leo (West Valley)
If my memory serves me right didn't Anderson Silva get threatened to be unlicensed by NSAC for shoulder checking Chael Sonnen? Any big threats for Jones and Cormier?
Brett Okamoto (2:09 PM)
I honestly don't remember. Was he even fined? I mean, you can go back in the history of Nevada and see brawls that were waaaaay worse than Silva's shoulder check. And the fights always happened. You'd have to do something real, real, real serious to lose a license that close to a fight.
Cormier looks like he's packed on a lot of weight since his last appearance, is that just the camera or am I dreaming?
Brett Okamoto (2:09 PM)
Ha, I think that's just what DC looks like. He obviously ways more than what we saw him for his last fight, he cuts to make weight. By the time fight week comes he'll look good, I can pretty much guarantee that.
Xavier Jakarias "X.J." Sparks (Fes, Morocco)
Any favorite sports outside of mixed martial arts?
Brett Okamoto (2:11 PM)
HUGE baseball fan. Except, my team is the Rockies and I literally can't watch them anymore this season. Would be a complete waste of time to do so. My favorite things to watch in sports though is any dominant pitcher on the mound and I have a weird obsession with the Duke/UNC college basketball games. I try to catch both of them every year.
Jamie [via mobile]
Why don't you do predictions or previews anymore? I loved them!
Brett Okamoto (2:12 PM)
I do for the PPV and network Fox shows. They come out the week of the fight. "Red Ink" is no more, but the previews are similar, with added elements.
Terry [via mobile]
I have always been curious on how fighters pay their coaches and camps. Is it based off % of their winnings, or straight fees. Any insight will be appreciated on how this is structured.
Brett Okamoto (2:13 PM)
There's obviously not an industry guideline to it. Different deals are made between different guys. It's almost all done on percentage of purse, though. Certain trainers will then obviously want that percentage to apply to bonuses (both Fight Night and discretionary).
I love Gina but are they really gonna make her first fight back against Rousey? I know it's the money thing to do but her losing would no doubt make her return a one off .. shouldn't Gina fight 1 or 2 times first to at least get a few fights out of her?
Brett Okamoto (2:14 PM)
Nope. If she loses, the fight against Rousey loses. It shouldn't be that way, since it's already sort of a ridiculous fight, but you can't have Gina lose to a someone else in the division and then try to promote her in a title fight against the most dominant champion the UFC basically has. Can't do it. And for Gina, I mean, I just have a hard time believing her No. 1 motivation to return (if she does) isn't money and in that case you want the big fight. Come in, do some press, lose, leave with bags of cash. Done.
Brett Okamoto (2:15 PM)
Alright, I'd love to keep going but I've got to run to a scheduled interview. Great questions, thanks for participating. Enjoy the weekend. Next week I'm off on personal vacation, so we'll reconvene two weeks from now. Thanks guys!