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January 9, 10:10 AM ET
Chat with Jon Anik

Jon Anik
  (2:28 PM)

Ladies, gents. Glad to be back for yet another MMA Live chat. We're here for at least the next hour talking UFC 93 and all things mixed martial arts! Let's vent...

Mike (Chicago, Illinois)

Hey Jon. Great work on the show and chat. Anything new on MMA Live hitting ESPN TV yet? Addtionally, will you guys be live in-person at UFC 94. A fight just as big as Couture vs Lesnar. If not bigger. Thanks. Cheers.

Jon Anik
  (2:29 PM)

Thanks, Mike. And thanks for the reminder. Yes. You heard it hear first. MMA Live will be going on the road to Las Vegas for UFC 94. Weigh-In Special, pre and post-fight shows, just like MMA Live at UFC 91. We cannot wait, obviously, and hope you guys will all tune in!

Payne Owens-Hallsville, MO

Jon Who Do You Believe will win the upcoming Georges St-Pierre vs. BJ Penn Welterweight Championship Fight

Jon Anik
  (2:30 PM)

Payne, we are gonna hold off on a GSP-Penn prediction until later in the month. I'd like to see the guys in person before going on the record.

Bruce (Houston, TX)

Keep up the good work, Jon! Let's assume Rich Franklin wins on Saturday and subsequently beats Bisping after TUF 9...where does he go from there??? Does anyone really want to see Silva vs. Franklin III?

Jon Anik
  (2:31 PM)

I've been trying to figure this out myself, Bruce. Rich Franklin may actually be better off losing to Hendo. Franklin's goal is a title shot at 205, and having to do the reality show, and then face Bisping gets him far off that path. We shall see, but it's very strange.

David (SC)

I saw that this chat is following an ESPN chat with Chris Rock. You are great, but that is a tough act to follow.

Jon Anik
  (2:32 PM)

I am no Chris Rock, that's for sure. A major step (or five) down. But, at least you're back with us again.

Seth Wellesley, MA

Jon, If BJ Penn beats GSP, isn't that sort of a disaster for the UFC?

Jon Anik
  (2:34 PM)

Absolutely, Seth. If the UFC ever was to have a vested interest in the outcome of a fight, you'd have to think it'd be this one. A Penn win gets in the way of a GSP-Silva megafight, and also would cause some chaos in the lightweight division. If Penn wins, my best guess is that Kenny Florian and Sean Sherk fight for the vacant title, and Penn takes on Alves in his first title defense at 170.

Jeff st. louis mo

with the upcoming superfight between georges st. pierre and bj penn, do u think this will be viewed as a true superfight like boxing has put on in the past?

Jon Anik
  (2:36 PM)

Sure, Jeff. It's one of the biggest fights that can be made right now in MMA. And that is why the UFC is spending a ton of money on the preview show to further build up the fight.

Jeff (Ohio)

Any word on when Cung Le will fight again and who is opponent may be? Same for Frank Shamrock?

Jon Anik
  (2:37 PM)

Cung Le could take all of 2009 off, as he continues to focus on his film career. I expect we will see Frank Shamrock sometime this summer. Most likely opponents are Tito Ortiz and, unfortunately, his brother Ken.

Nathan (Columbus Ohio)

Shelled out 200 for UFC 96...with a main event not announced. What are the odds we get Rashad-Rampage?

Jon Anik
  (2:38 PM)

I think the probability is high that the Evans-Rampage fight ends up in Columbus. I like some of the undercards fights quite a bit, though. Carwin-Gonzaga, and the Munoz-Hamill fight intrigues me as well. You won't be disappointed, Nathan.

David (SC)

Is MMA Live going to be in Vegas for UFC 94 like it was for 91?

Jon Anik
  (2:39 PM)

Yes, we will be there!

Jerry (Laredo, TX)

Jon, if GSP beats Penn, do you think we could see a GSP vs. Anderson Silva fight in the future?

Jon Anik
  (2:40 PM)

Not only do I think we could see it in the future, I think you might see it right away. GSP may fight Thiago Alves first, but Joe Silva and Dana White assuredly want to make the GSP-Silva fight.

Jeff (MD)

Give us the inside scoop, are Florian/Sherk secretly on call for the UFC 96 headliner if BJ wins???

Jon Anik
  (2:41 PM)

Not that I am aware of, Jeff. Florian confides in me off-the-record, but he certainly hasn't shared that. He is training for BJ Penn as we chat.

Joe (St. Louis, MO)

Jon, what are your thoughts on the Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle fight this weekend? That fight has fireworks written all over it.

Jon Anik
  (2:42 PM)

It's gonna be a great one, Joe. Marcus Davis has remade himself as a fighter, and that's who I'm going with in what could very well be the fight of the night. The canvas will need to be cleaned up after that one.

Jeff (MD)

Any in-studio guests today?

Jon Anik
  (2:42 PM)

Nobody in-studio, but Dan Henderson checks in by phone from Ireland.

Bradley (Regina, Saskatchewan)

Why does a BJ win cause chaos? UFC gets the megafight they want with Anderson vs BJ, and KenFlo gets to fight the Muscleshark for the 155 strap.

Jon Anik
  (2:42 PM)

Bradley, the UFC will not let BJ Penn fight Anderson Silva.

Joel (Austin, TX)

If Shogun beats Coleman how far is he away from being in the title picture? Could he possibly fight the winner of Machida and Silva?

Jon Anik
  (2:43 PM)

We ask that very question today on MMA Live, Joel. It's hard to say where Shogun resides on the crowded 205-lb. ladder because of his inactivity. But he could certainly face the winner, or the loser of the Machida-Silva scrap.

David (SC)

Did you watch UFC primetime last night? Any thoughts? Dana calls and checks on BJ to make sure he is training hard? I think that is al ittle outside his role?

Jon Anik
  (2:44 PM)

I have DVR'd the show, and will watch it later today. We can discuss it in detail next week, when I'll have more thoughts.

Buzzmaster

Hey guys - could all posters please read the posts before they ask the same questions again - Thanks!

Jon Anik
  (2:44 PM)

The Buzzmaster has spoken.

Joe Chicago, IL

Hey Jon love the show! I was wondering what is your top 5 ranking in the heavyweight division, and is there any fights that you would like to see?

Jon Anik
  (2:46 PM)

1. Fedor 2. Arlovski 3. Mir 4. Barnett 5. Lesnar. I am all jacked up for the WAMMA HW title fight on 1/24 between Fedor and AA. And the Mir-Lesnar rematch is one I'm highly-anticipating as well. Also, we should see exactly where Shane Carwin stands when he fights Gabriel Gonzaga in March.

Ken (Pittsburgh)

Jon, are you going to watch UFC 93 in real time, or wait til 10pm EST?

Jon Anik
  (2:47 PM)

I will be in Florida with my family, Ken. The cell phone will be turned off, and I will watch the PPV at 10 EST.

Doug (alpharetta, ga)

Jon, a fight not getting a lot of hype witch interests me is diaz vs guida at ufc 94. What are your thoughts on that fight? Do you have a prediction for us?

Jon Anik
  (2:47 PM)

Good call, Doug. Can't wait for that one. Leaning towards Nate Diaz, but it should be his biggest test to date. Clay is a warrior. I will go on the record with UFC 94 predictions when we are live in Las Vegas.

Hondo (Boston, MA)

Hey Jon thanks, as always, for the chats and the show. Do you do any scouting of smaller (local) shows to report on up and coming talent?

Jon Anik
  (2:48 PM)

I wish, Hondo. Don't have a ton of time to focus on the smaller promotions. As is, I have my plate full with UFC, Affliction, WEC, DREAM, Sengoku, Strikeforce, etc. Maybe someday the Worldwide Leader will let me devote five days/week to MMA, and then I'll get on it!

Jon Anik
  (2:49 PM)

Update: MMA Live Episode #36 is up! And I believe it is on the ESPN.com homepage as well.

john (jersey)

what do u think of the rumored ben saunders dustin hazlett fight?

Jon Anik
  (2:50 PM)

A great sylistic match-up. Hazelett is gonna be a tough out for anyone. His stand-up is said to be improving every day. And we all know what he can do on the ground. Tremendous functional Jiu-Jitsu for MMA.

Ken (Pittsburgh)

Hendo/Ace? Steelers/Ravens?

Jon Anik
  (2:51 PM)

Everyone seems to be picking Dan Henderson. I'd love to go the other way and pick Rich Franklin. And I will. Also, I like the Steelers and Cardinals on Championship Sunday.

Jason (Bmore)

Does Arlovski really have a shot?

Jon Anik
  (2:51 PM)

Yes. But I'm not as convinced of his chances as some of my colleagues.

Mike (Chicago, Illinois)

How big is MMA in the ESPN offices? Do a lot of the production staff or even the broadcasters like Scott, Van Pelt, etc. approach you or Florian to talk about the UFC/MMA?

Jon Anik
  (2:52 PM)

It's getting more ubiquitous by the day. I have talked MMA with SVP on his radio show. Colin Cowherd and Doug Gottlieb are also MMA supporters. Slowly, but surely.

Jim (Ct)

What do you think about former wrestlers joining the seen? How about Lesnar and Lashley?

Jon Anik
  (2:53 PM)

I think as long as the guys who crossover are elite athletes, it is just fine for MMA. Both Lesnar and Lashley were gifted collegiate wrestlers.

Charlie, Philly

Smokin' Joe.... Actually I have a Smokin' Joe related question, any update on the EliteXC fallout? When could this possibly get resolved?

Jon Anik
  (2:54 PM)

There is an article worth reading on MMA Payout as to what the fighters may do to expedite the process. But it is dragging...Thanks for the Villasenor shout out. We've gotta get back to that.

Joe (St. Louis, MO)

Jon, you going to give us some predictions for Saturday or what?!

Jon Anik
  (2:55 PM)

No time like the present to go on the record. I'll take Rich Franklin to win a split decision over Hendo. I like Shogun Rua to knock out Mark Coleman in the opening round. I'll take Rousimar Palhares with a first-round submission of Jeremy Horn. Marcus Davis KOs Chris Lytle. And Denis Kang will win his UFC debut rather easily over Alan Belcher.

rob from jersey (Smokin' Joes' living room)

Alot of rumors about KJ Noons and the UFC? Latest? And is it true he won't sign becuase Dana wants him to fight Nate Diaz? J/K about the last question...

Jon Anik
  (2:56 PM)

Hahahaha...I don't have anything to add to the reports that you've likely already read. I am also in no hurry to see KJ Noons in the UFC. Funny stuff on Nate Diaz. Nate would love to shut KJ up, on Nick's behalf.

Marlone (Dickinson, TX)

Jon, have you ever considered putting on the gloves and stepping into the cage, you look like the athletic type and You might need to put kenny in his place on the show

Jon Anik
  (2:58 PM)

Thanks, Marlone. I actually talked to Kenny about BJJ training this week. I'm a bit reluctant to hit the mat, but we'll see. I am gonna start taking a striking class of some kind. Perhaps boxing, perhaps Muay Thai. But it would certainly make me a better MMA broadcaster if I practiced some Jiu-Jitsu.

Dylan (Seattle, WA)

Ever think of doing a segment on the show where you tour other gyms across the country?

Jon Anik
  (2:59 PM)

We have several great minds who work on the show, and that is one idea that has been tossed around. At present, our resources are allocated elsewhere. But I'd imagine you'll see us do it at some point, as long as the show keeps progressing, and getting sponsorships.

Mitch (Boston)

I cannot wait for the Fedor fight. What will be the determing factors to whether or not this is their last show?

Jon Anik
  (3:00 PM)

I share your enthusiasm, Mitch. I don't expect it to be Affliction's last show, but they need to do a much better job with hype and promotion. I am shocked at the lack of effort to promote the Day of Reckoning Card. It's nine stinkin' days away!!!

Jeff (MD)

I love the MMA Live production, but get the editing crew to throw a few submissions in the opening video....they are all KO's!

Jon Anik
  (3:01 PM)

You hear that, Zach? Tighten up.

Noke (Brown Mills, NJ)

What's your thoughts on Roger Huerta leaving the UFC after his next fight to pursue ana acting career?

Jon Anik
  (3:02 PM)

I have no problem with it. It's a cutthroat world out there, and if Huerta can make coin without putting his face on the line, power to him. That said, I hope he returns to MMA at some point. But the UFC doesn't need him. Especially given all the talent at 155 right now.

Jeff (MD)

How long til the official sponsor of MMA Live, Burger King, allows "The King" to be the in-studio guest???

Jon Anik
  (3:03 PM)

I'm just looking to eat a Whopper on set. Or maybe 2.

Hondo (Boston, MA)

Be careful with jiu-jitsu, you will get addicted.

Jon Anik
  (3:03 PM)

So I'm told.

Warren (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

If BJ penn knocks out or dominates GSP, which i don't think he will butt who knows, the money would be what stops BJ from fighting Silva right?

Jon Anik
  (3:05 PM)

I think the UFC is reluctant to let BJ hold up two divisions for an extended period of time. At some point, you have to draw the line, and not let your 155 lb. champion keep moving up.

John (Victoria BC)

What do you think happens to the winner of GSP and Penn in the pound for pound rankings? Does it not make sense that the winner becomes the new number one over Silva based on quality of opposition?

Jon Anik
  (3:06 PM)

I certainly wouldn't vault the winner over SIlva. But some will, and there would be a case to be made, especially if the winner dominates.

President of Burger King

Nothing better after a half hour of Tarantula drills (ask Kenny) than....The Angry Onion Burger - get yours now at BK!!!!

Charlie, Philly

Any word on when Mir-Lesnar II would happen?

Jon Anik
  (3:06 PM)

All I can tell you is that Lesnar is jonesing to get back in The Octagon. Maybe April in Montreal. I still think you've got to put that fight in Las Vegas.

D'Arcy, 3 feet away [via mobile]

Are these questions coming through? I haven't seen any mobile questions...

Jon Anik
  (3:07 PM)

Yes, ma'am. And thanks for chatting with us again. Talking a month off = unacceptable.

Jim (Acton, MA)

What is Jeremy Horn's career outlook? He seems to just show up once a year or so to remind everyone that he is still in MMA... if he were to win would you expect him to take on a fight sooner rather than later?

Jon Anik
  (3:08 PM)

The dude has 111 fights on his resume. But I think he's in for a rude awakening on Saturday against Palhares.

Ken (Pittsburgh)

According to many web reports, Mir/Lesnar II will be May 30 in Vegas.

Jon Anik
  (3:08 PM)

Thanks for the insight, Ken.

Sam (chicago)

so anik is the ufc going to televise anything to counter afflictions event? maybe something on spike?

Jon Anik
  (3:09 PM)

Yes, UFC 91 will be re-aired. And what a card it was. Real MMA fans, though, will order the Affliction show and show their support. Not to mention, the main event should be awesome.

Bradley (Regina, Saskatchewan)

Jeremy Horn has over 100 fights and something like 88 victories. Speak on what a incredible accomplishment 90 or 100 MMA victories is..

Jon Anik
  (3:10 PM)

Unbelievable, Bradley. I couldn't believe it when I was going through his record yesterday. 36 fights combined in 1998 and 1999. Ridiculous. Think he's perpetually sore or what? Ow.

Ken (Pittsburgh)

May 23. I apologize.

Jon Anik
  (3:11 PM)

That would be Mir-Lesnar. And would seem to me a much more logical destination than Montreal. Although I will say. Florian tells me there are no more passionate MMA fans than the Canadians.

Matt (Fort Collins)

With BJ moving up in weight class, is there any chance GSP is not giving him 100% attention? I know that may seem like a stupid question because it's The Prodigy we're talkin about, but sometimes the fighter seem to lose some focus if the footing isn't equal to begin with

Jon Anik
  (3:12 PM)

GSP is as focused as ever. I've heard through the grapevine that he looks incredible in training, which isn't a surprise.

Rory (Chicago IL)

If Kang wins easily over Belcher do you think we will see him fight a top 5 middleweight his next time out? And how many more middleweight defenses does the Spider have in him until he goes up to 205?

Jon Anik
  (3:14 PM)

As for Kang, he will definitely get a higher-profile opponent next, as long as he gets through Belcher. I know the UFC has been interested in Denis for some time. As for the Spider, I think you'll find he goes up and down, depending on where the big fights are.

Sam (chicago)

are you hiring?because its getting very expensive to order all these events?why couldnt ufc just add the hendo franklin fight to the jan 31 event?

Jon Anik
  (3:16 PM)

No doubt, Sam, it is expensive to be a combat sports fan. And I would agree that UFC 93 is not nearly as stacked as the last 2 PPVs. Still, the thing sold out in 5 minutes. Franklin-Hendo is certainly main-event worthy. UFC 94 is loaded as is. And finally...what else would you watch Saturday night?

Charlie, Philly

Montreal is already rumored to be getting a title fight: Silva v. Leites

Boxing Fan (Oakland)

Who is P4P #1 Anderson Silva fighting next??? and when will start clearing out 205 like he has 185 already?

Jon Anik
  (3:17 PM)

Boxing fans are welcome in the MMA chat. Our bandwagon is getting crowded. Check chat queue from earlier on Silva.

Rory (Chicago IL)

Where does Kampmann rank in the welterweight division? Does he have the skill set to challenge guys like Alves and Fitch or will just be another name in a stacked division?

Jon Anik
  (3:18 PM)

The Hitman will debut at 170 this weekend. After that fight, we will have a better idea. He must get through Alexandre Barros, or he can forget contending at 170. Just hard to comment until we see how affected he was by the weight cut.

Nicky In Tampere Finland

Jon, I notice you do some NHL highlights on ESPN.com as well as MMA. Are you a fan of hockey fights?

Jon Anik
  (3:19 PM)

Sure, I don't mind a good NHL fight. I'm a Boston Bruins fan.

Brian, Detroit, Michigan

Hi Jon, last week you answered my question about samurai swords. I have inside information that Donald Trump also shares my view about combat weapons and sources tell me that Arlovski will be able to use a sumurai sword against Fedor... but still lose!

Jon Anik
  (3:19 PM)

Hahahaha.

Tank Abbott

Do you think Kimbo's flame has gone out? or do you see him training harder with Bas and coming back but working his way up this time?

Jon Anik
  (3:21 PM)

I think you will eventually see Kimbo Slice return to the cage. Just not sure his heart is 100 % into MMA. I know he likes the money. He made $500,000 in the loss to Seth Petruzelli.

mike (Fort Lee NJ)

I will try again. Do you have any info regarding Affliction ticket sales.

Jon Anik
  (3:21 PM)

A lot of questions to get to Mike...doing my best, pal. Plenty of Affliction tickets still available. Plenty.

David (SC)

Do you see anyone beating Torres in '09?

Jon Anik
  (3:22 PM)

Not at 135.

Charlie, Philly

Expensive time to be an mma fan but a great time too. One great card after another, even with this weekend's card getting no love. I think UFC 93 will surprise with some fantastic fights.

Jon Anik
  (3:22 PM)

You may be right, Chuck.

Dana White (Vegas, baby)

No worries, wallets of MMA fans... There are no PPVs in all of February! Free MMA for a whole month!

Bren (Texas)

Busy chat today! Congrats on the UFC 94 roadtrip!

Jon Anik
  (3:23 PM)

Thanks man. We are very excited to be heading out to Las Vegas again. Should also have Frank Mir on set, in addition to Florian and McNeil.

Jeff (MD)

What is Jon Anik's entrance music to the MMA Live set?

Jon Anik
  (3:24 PM)

Maybe something from Tupac. Or Undisputed by Ludacris, featuring Floyd Mayweather. Huge Mayweather fan.

Julian Gaithersburg MD

Will we ever see a MMA fight live on ESPN. I mean the show bowling and poker for crying out loud! Why not MMA?

Jon Anik
  (3:25 PM)

Maybe someday, Julian. I think a more likely first step would be MMA Live on ESPN.

Daniel, Ozarl

Do you shogun will ko coleman?

Jon Anik
  (3:25 PM)

Yes I do. Predictions were made earlier in the chat.

Joe (St. Louis, MO)

Jon, do you think this will be Affliction's last show? I've heard rumors of terrible ticket sales, packs of 10 are available in all sections, and their payroll is way to high. I think I would be shocked to see them do another show this year. Thoughts?

Jon Anik
  (3:26 PM)

It's a distinct possibility, Joe. But I do believe they will stage at least one more card. Their methodology and approach, thus far, is extremely flawed.

Natalya, Astoria [via mobile]

Who do you think will be the 2009 inductee into the UFC HOF?

Jon Anik
  (3:26 PM)

Matt Hughes.

Jon Anik
  (3:26 PM)

Although maybe Chuck Liddell. But I think it'll be Hughes first.

Brandon, Kentucky

If Hendo puts Franklin away, do you think that puts him in contention for another shot at the LHW title? A Rampage/Henderson rematch could be very enteresting. Barring Rampage gets a shot at Evans and gives him his first loss.

Jon Anik
  (3:28 PM)

A win would certainly put Hendo back in the mix. But his first order of business would be a mandatory fight with Michael Bisping at 185 after a stint as a coach on Season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Jim (Acton, MA)

Jon, seeing that MMA Live has had several guests... which guest has impressed you the most (not counting Gina for obvious reasons)?

Jon Anik
  (3:28 PM)

Miguel Torres. Stephan Bonnar, although Bonnar is a regular.

MT [via mobile]

I hope Tito Ortiz names his child after you.

Jon Anik
  (3:28 PM)

I don't.

Marc (Malden, MA)

So if Mir/Lesnar is scheduled for May, will any problems arise with the 7 month layoff for Lesnar?

Jon Anik
  (3:29 PM)

I don't think so, Marc. I know Brock would prefer to fight sooner, but he had to know a lengthy lay-off was a possibility, given that they have to unify the belts.

Jeff (MD)

2009 Inductee, the late Evan Tanner.

Jon Anik
  (3:29 PM)

Very possible as well, Jeff.

Jim Rice

Hey I finally made it into the Hall of Fame! Yeah for Me!! I want to see the California Kid fight again, when and against who will Faber fight? Jesse D... RNC!!

Jon Anik
  (3:30 PM)

As a Boston native, thrilled for Jim Ed...about time! As for Faber, he will rematch Jens Pulver on Sun. 1/25.

Hondo (Boston, MA)

I hope Tito Ortiz fights again. Not you though Jon.

Jon Anik
  (3:30 PM)

Tito will fight again. He's got enough left to be competitive. I would really like to see Frank Shamrock as his first opponent back.

Brandon, Kentucky

If you had to get punched by Brock Lesnar or Shane Carwin...who would you pick?

Jon Anik
  (3:31 PM)

Great question. My face hurts just answering it. I know Carwin's mitts are probably bigger than my head, but I can't be having Brock punch me in the dome.

jd indianapolis in [via mobile]

Whats your dream matchup for ufc 100

Jon Anik
  (3:32 PM)

For the 1000th time, I really want to see GSP face Anderson Silva. Also wouldn't mind a Florian-Sherk rematch, but Kenny would likely have to get through BJ Penn first...no small task.

Vic: san juan, p.r. [via mobile]

Why would'nt the ufc allow penn to fight silva?

Jon Anik
  (3:33 PM)

Read chat queue from earlier, Vic.

Matt

Pure speculation, but who would you lean towards in a GSP/Silva fight?

Jon Anik
  (3:33 PM)

Forced to lean, The Spider.

David (SC)

Why do you think the Zuffa does not merge WEC and UFC and hold another 6 events as UFC?

Jon Anik
  (3:34 PM)

Because World Extreme Cagefighting is a tremendous brand and very successful as its own entity. It also allows for Zuffa to showcase the smaller weight classes, of which several people are not a fan.

Jim (Acton, MA)

Jon, have you heard anything on when the WEC will begin 125 lb. fights?

Jon Anik
  (3:34 PM)

No I haven't Jim. And to be honest, I have a hard enough time keeping track of the bantamweights. Now, I gotta monitor flyweights?

Ryan (Detroit)

Kenny doesn't want any from Sherk again. He's ducking Sherk like mad.

Jon Anik
  (3:36 PM)

Completely false. Kenny would relish another chance at Sherk. I only posted this inane assertion to refute it. If you were Florian, wouldn't you want a rematch? Have you seen Kenny's last 4 fights?

ben chapel hill

ken or frank make a pick

Jon Anik
  (3:36 PM)

Hahaha. Frank Shamrock. And Ken's funeral the following week.

Jimbo Hicks (BFE)

I haven't kept up with the WEC too much lately, but with Pulver getting a rematch with Faber, does that mean Garcia and Brown is on?

Jon Anik
  (3:36 PM)

Yes, for the title. Likely at WEC 39 March 1st in Corpus Christi, Texas.

ronwilsonjr sandusky, ohio [via mobile]

when will matt hughes and matt serra fight?

Jon Anik
  (3:37 PM)

May 23rd. All but signed.

Kenny Florian [via mobile]

I want a rematch!

Jon Anik
  (3:37 PM)

That better be you this time!

pudge zanesville oh [via mobile]

what's the best training to lose stomach weight

Jon Anik
  (3:37 PM)

For me, I usually go with STOP EATING SO DAMN MUCH.

michael griffin longview tx [via mobile]

Who do u think will win the rampage evans bout?

Jon Anik
  (3:38 PM)

Appreciate your enthusiasm, but I can't predict a fight that hasn't even been announced. I will say, though, that Rashad is nasty right now. Just filthy. Sick, sick power.

MD, NYC [via mobile]

Who is gonna be the biggest bust at the pro level- Tebow, Hansbrough or Kimbo?

Jon Anik
  (3:38 PM)

Psycho-T. Not a fan.

Guilherme (São Paulo, Brazil)

Considering the current UFC champions, who do you think loses the belt first?

Jon Anik
  (3:39 PM)

Always a fun question, Guilherme. I will say BJ Penn. He might even relinquish it.

JULIO (SANTA MARIA CA.) [via mobile]

DO U THINK BROCK LESTNER HAS WHAT IT TAKES 2 STAY CHAMPION

Jon Anik
  (3:39 PM)

Yes, but the HW division is all of a sudden pretty deep.

Jerrod(Columbus)

Assuming Afflication crashes and burns after the next show(possible although unlikely). And hypothetically the UFC signs Fedor, who do you think they might match him with for his first UFC fight?

Jon Anik
  (3:40 PM)

Hypothetically speaking, Randy Couture.

Jim (Acton, MA)

Dear ESPN President, Get Jon Anik an assistant and put MMA Live on tv. -Jim

Jon Anik
  (3:40 PM)

You're saying I need an assistant? What are you, Rob in Jersey's agent?

Ryan (Detroit)

Alistair Overeem in the UFC. Yay or nay?

Jon Anik
  (3:41 PM)

Quite possibly. I'll go Yay.

Jeff (MD)

Doesn't Ryan from Detroit to know better than to talk about your boy Florian like that!....or Smokin Joe for that matter.

Jon Anik
  (3:41 PM)

Yeah, Florian and Villasenor are off-limits. So are Hopkins and Mayweather on the boxing front.

rob (jersey)

Thanks Jim - appreciate the love out there -

Hondo (Boston, MA)

I'll apply for the job, lets not go just giving it away.

Rory (Chicago IL)

Do you think King Mo will be in the UFC by years end? How about Bobby Lashley?

Jon Anik
  (3:43 PM)

I expect both guys to eventually end up in The Octagon. In 2009? I would say unikely. King Mo seems to enjoy fighting in Japan.

Julian Gaithersburg MD

Shinya Aoki ever in the UFC???? Buy or Sell

Jon Anik
  (3:43 PM)

Buy.

Jared, Minot ND

Everyone loves a quick knockout. Who in the game today has the biggest one punch win possibilty.

Jon Anik
  (3:43 PM)

Rashad Evans. Maybe Rampage.

Ryan (Detroit)

Nope. Hey, sometimes you gotta rattle the cage a bit to get the guy to respond to a question!

bob : buffalo,ny [via mobile]

Hey I'm new to the show just wanted to ask if there was any new news on the ban being lifted in new York state. There are a lot of mma fans in buffalo and it would be a great place to host Evans next fight seing he is from western new york. Thanks for any info. Bob

Jon Anik
  (3:46 PM)

Glad to have you on board, Bob. As for MMA legislation passing in NY, nothing new to report. I know it's on the docket this month. And while Marc Ratner and the UFC are trying everything to get it done, it seems to me that the people who need to be educated on the sport just aren't buying what they are hearing. It's just hard for those who don't undertand MMA's merits (or want to understand) to get past the violence. Football and boxing are much more violent, but most people outside of MMA don't even want to hear that argument. Watch Steelers-Ravens this weekend, and get back to me on which sport is more brutal. It's not even close!

rob (jersey)

Jon - I'll ask everyweek until it's answered - LOL!! Plan to attend Abu Dhabi worlds in NYC in May?

Jon Anik
  (3:46 PM)

As of now, no. But if you keep hazing me, maybe.

David (SC)

How did Henderson sound in your interview with him on MMA live?

Jon Anik
  (3:47 PM)

Ready to go. You'll have to watch the show!

Jeff (MD)

Buy or Sell: More than one MAJOR MMA promotion is necessary in MMA?

Jon Anik
  (3:48 PM)

Sell. It is not necessary for the sport. But it sure would be nice for the fighters, especially in the United States. Guys like Joey Villasenor have options outside the U.S., but he would much rather stay in the States to fight. Hopefully, the UFC calls his number.

raul (chino,cal) (joey v. fan)

whats up with monson might go to prison for 10years from an espn photo of him taggin the capitol building

Jon Anik
  (3:49 PM)

A crazy story.

Guilherme (São Paulo, Brazil)

Best fighter in the UFC that we don't know yet but will by the end of 2009?

Jon Anik
  (3:49 PM)

I hope you've heard of Demain Maia. Also think 2009 will be a big year for Nate Diaz at 155, beginning with Clay Guida at UFC 94.

Rory (Chicago IL)

Guida or Diaz?

Jon Anik
  (3:49 PM)

Will predict from Vegas, Rory.

Jerrod(Columbus)

Buy or Sell, there will be a fighter ranking system sometime within the future...

Jon Anik
  (3:51 PM)

Sell. I am on the WAMMA Rankings Committee, and WAMMA is on the right track. But, until the top dog (UFC) recognizes it, forget about it.

David (SC)

Is three rounds enough? I watch so many fights that I would like to go 5. I suggest 5 for all Mainevents of UFC fights including 93. Agree or Disagree.

Jon Anik
  (3:52 PM)

I agree with the principle, David. But I'm just not sure it's realistic. It's a good time to talk about it, b/c I feel like Franklin and Hendo will fight for 15 minutes, and we'll want to see more. Just don't know how you go about doing that. What about co-main events, etc.?

drew milwaukee [via mobile]

When do you think forrest griffin will fight next?

Jon Anik
  (3:53 PM)

Hand surgery will keep him out at least until the summer.

Guilherme (São Paulo, Brazil)

I have actually asked a question about Maia. How long until he gets a shot at Silva? His BJJ is insane.

Jon Anik
  (3:53 PM)

I think he is two wins away. To me, he is the perfect opponent to pit against Silva.

Jeff (MD)

If you could change the scoring system in MMA, what change do you make?

Jon Anik
  (3:54 PM)

Off the top of my head...Have clearly-defined point allocations for takedowns, submission attempts, etc.

Solid.... Old Lyme, CT

Jon great work on the show man! Please tell me you dont rock tapout gear outside espn

Jon Anik
  (3:55 PM)

Hahaha...don't have any TapOut gear. They've chosen not to sponsor me.

rob (jersey)

The takedown is "scored" way to heavy IMO - some guys work best off their back and kind of want to be taken down...

Jon Anik
  (3:55 PM)

Exactly.

Greg(H-Town) [via mobile]

hey love the chat very good. I was wondering if know when the UFC would return to texas? by the way I hope Lesner goes all out on Mir.

Jon Anik
  (3:56 PM)

There are rumblings about a card in San Antonio later this year. Google UFC and San Antonio and something should come up.

Bren (Texas)

Better to rock a $20 TapOut shirt than a $50 Affliction shirt.

Jon Anik
  (3:57 PM)

Only MMA shirt I've purchased was Ken-Flo's One More Round walkout shift from UFC Fight Night 13. $60.00. Florian wouldn't hook it up. Sweet T, though.

David (SC)

Jon; You are not running for office. 5 rounds for the main event of every UFC event yes or no?

Jon Anik
  (3:58 PM)

Forced to choose, I'll say no. Should Anderson Silva-James Irvin have been 5 rounds? It creates too many variables, David.

Boxing Fan (Oakland)

Buy or sell, Forrest didn't really tap and was just flailing his arms like he said as a reflex from Evans pounding on him.

Jon Anik
  (3:58 PM)

Sell. I thought he clearly tapped. Many on the MMA Live staff disagree with me. But I saw what I saw.

Jerrod(Columbus)

If you were to wager $1000.00 on the GSP Penn fight, who would you put your money on?

Jon Anik
  (3:59 PM)

Isn't that sort of like making a prediction, which I'm not willing to do yet? I usually play underdogs, if the value is there. Ask me again when we're in Vegas for 94.

Mr. Tough Guy

For those fighters that complain about the judging and scoring in fights... here's a suggestion... finish your fight... KEN-FLO STYLE!!!!

Jon Anik
  (4:04 PM)

Major technical difficulties. Apologize for the delay.

Robert (Milwaukee)

UFC 93 underdogs. Belcher +225, Coleman + 250 or Horn +275? Belcher is the only one I would even consider putting money on.

Jon Anik
  (4:04 PM)

Robert is on the record.

David (SC)

You took this chat 5 rounds. Thanks Jon

Jon Anik
  (4:05 PM)

My pleasure, fellas (and D'Arcy). Thanks for all of the great questions. Now, go check out Episode #36 of MMA Live. Dan Henderson calls in from Ireland to talk about his fight this weekend. Enjoy UFC 93, and we'll chat again next Thursday at 2:30 ET/11:30 PT. -JA