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May 20, 10:41 AM ET
Chat with Jon Anik

Jon Anik
  (12:58 PM)

Hello MMA Nation! Thanks for checking back in for the MMA Live chat! Having some computer issues today, so stay with me. I'm here for the next hour taking your questions, comments, and comedy. Let's vent...

Cory (St.Paul,MN)

If Florian takes BJ, doesn't Sean Sherk get first crack or does the UFC give fresh blood a shot?

Jon Anik
  (12:59 PM)

It's a good question. Of course the answer depends on what Sherk does against Frankie Edgar this weekend, and also what Diego Sanchez does against Clay Guida. I would imagine the Penn-Florian winner will face either Sherk or Sanchez.

Mike - BKNY

Tell me why I should buy UFC 99.

Jon Anik
  (1:00 PM)

Unless you're a Rich Franklin fan, I think it's a card worth passing on. And that's the first time in a long time I've said that about a UFC PPV.

Robert (WI)

Jon, UFC 99 just got a lot more interesting with Kongo replacing Herring! But with UFC 98, how do you think Professor X will fare against McFedries?

Jon Anik
  (1:01 PM)

I think Xavier Foupa-Pokam and McFedries will both stand and trade from the outset. No way it lasts more than two rounds. I like Professor X to win the fight.

Leo (Boston MA)

Why is the UFC bringing back Cro-Cop?

Jon Anik
  (1:01 PM)

Name recognition, I guess. I don't think he has anything left.

Stephen (England)

Hey Jon, did you see Bobby Lashley's 24 second fight Friday night, and if so what are your thoughts on the fight, and his future, AND his upcoming fight with Bob Sapp?

Jon Anik
  (1:02 PM)

I saw it, and was impressed with Lashley. He's certainly worked on his submissions at ATT and that was evident in the performance. I think he'll smash Bob Sapp, but it's a litmus test of some kind.

Jacob (Dallas, TX)

Jon, Does Sherk get the Penn-Florian winner if he beats Edgar, or does he have to finish Edgar or something?

Jon Anik
  (1:03 PM)

Sherk may need style points (i.e. a finish) to pass Diego Sanchez on the contender's list. You all know I don't think Sanchez deserves a title shot, even with a dominant win over Clay Guida (which, by the way, is no guarantee).

Josh (PA)

Whats up Jon? So with Heath Herring out of UFC99 and Kongo in, if Kongo wins does he get the winner of Mir/Lesnar?

Jon Anik
  (1:04 PM)

You'd certainly like to think so.

Kevin (Worcester,MA)

Hey Jon, been a long time, anyway, lets get to the picks! I got Evans by 4th round KO/TKO, Hughes by decision, Sherk by 3rd round ground n' pound

Jon Anik
  (1:05 PM)

No better time than the present, Kevin. I am sticking with Rashad Evans with a late-round finish (I'll go with you and say the 4th round). I think Sherk wins a unanimous decision over Edgar. And in an upset, I'm backing Matt Serra to get a TKO (strikes) over Hughes. Also love Brock Larson and Krzystof Soszynski.

Charlie, Philly

More compelling rematch at LW - Florian v. Sherk or Florian v. Sanchez?

Jon Anik
  (1:05 PM)

What do you think? I say both have great appeal. But I'd rather see Kenny avenge the loss to Sherk first, and then deal with Diego.

Roger- Cranston, R.I.

JA- I remember listening to you on the radio in Boston- now it's all MMA all the time! You still follow the Sox and Pats or just Florian?

Jon Anik
  (1:06 PM)

Haha. Thanks, Roger. I remain a Boston sports fan, but MMA is certainly the focus. But I'm keeping tabs on the Red Sox.

Guilherme (São Paulo, Brazil)

I think Carwin gets the next shot if Lesnar wins. The idea of putting together two freaks of nature in the cage is just too good to pass up.

Jon Anik
  (1:06 PM)

I think that fight will eventually happen, Guilheme. But the Kongo-Velasquez fight now looks to be an obvious No. 1 contender bout.

Baumer (NYC)

Anik and Simmons in dueling chats!!! What a day!!! Why do people overlook Brock Larson, he has 2 losses in his career to Condit and Fitch? If he beats Wilson (which he should) could he face Condit in a rematch?

Jon Anik
  (1:07 PM)

Am I going head-to-head with Simmons? That could be trouble for me. I agree with you on Larson. Very underrated. And you're right, a rematch with Condit would make some sense.

Mike (Fort Lee)

Was Aina faking?

Jon Anik
  (1:09 PM)

I hate to question the veracity of a guy who has been injured, especially since I've never been in the cage myself. But, because you asked my opinion, I do think Aina was playing it up a bit.

Jim (Acton, MA)

Dream 9 has a bunch of interesting matchups... which fight are you most looking forward to?

Jon Anik
  (1:09 PM)

Without question, the main event between Gesias Cavalcante and Tatsuya Kawajiri. I like JZ in a close, back-and-forth affair.

Boston Matt

Hey Little Jon, what's Shakin? I am heading up to Mass this weekend, looking forward to seeing the family. Anyway, Hughes/Serra, who do you have? I have Hughes with ground and pound and a Wedgie for good measure! You coming to D.C. for the Nats/Sox series or what? I'll email you, what addy?

Jon Anik
  (1:10 PM)

jon.a.anik@espn.com- I will actually be at Fenway Sunday for Mets-Red Sox. Haven't been back in Boston in way too long. I'm backing Serra this weekend.

Chris (Danville, Ca)

Jon, explain to me your tweet yesterday about Pat Miletich leaving WAMMA, what are your sources telling you?

Jon Anik
  (1:13 PM)

I just think WAMMA was already on thin ice after Mike Lynch's defection. I thought highly of Lynch, a very intelligent guy. Now losing Miletich really calls WAMMA into question. I will remain on board as a pollster, but I'm hoping for some clarification as to WAMMA's direction, given the high-profile management losses.

Jim (Acton, MA)

Your thoughts on Arlovski vs. Rogers being added to Strikeforce?

Jon Anik
  (1:13 PM)

Absolutely awesome. That fight card is ridiculous. I think Rogers may beat him, too.

Trevor- Florida

Whats the point of Couture/Nogeuira if the winner doesnt get a title shot?

Jon Anik
  (1:14 PM)

Two legends on the backside of their careers. I think the fight has some intrigue, especially for the fight fans in Portland, OR. I also think an impressive performance by either guy could thrust them back into title contention.

Brian (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Who do you think the UFC will sign first, Aoki or Fedor? GO KENFLO!!

Jon Anik
  (1:14 PM)

Aoki. But I don't think either guy is Octagon-bound anytime soon.

Ben (Columbus)

Jon did you pick up a PS3 and UFC Undisputed? I got mine on 360 and I must say it is th best fighting game I have ever played!

Jon Anik
  (1:16 PM)

I will be getting a PS3 by the end of the month, and can't wait to beat up Joe Lauzon with Florian once I get 'Undisputed'. Just kidding, Joe. Hope your recovery is going well.

Snapple Cap (My Desk)

The watersheds that supply water to New York City are roughly the size of Delaware. You're welcome.

Jon Anik
  (1:16 PM)

Much obliged.

Bobby,Cincinnati

With Rodgers limited ground game and Arlovski's experience in the ring , are you counting on Rodgers size advantage to control the fight?

Jon Anik
  (1:17 PM)

That's a huge part of it. I also think Arlovski is taking the fight on very short notice, and has been preparing for a boxing match. It might be a good time for Rogers to be getting Arlovski. Curious to see what Vegas has to say about the match-up.

Nate (Minneapolis, MN)

Jonny, Going head to head with the sports guy Bill Simmons in the chat today! If you say skip buying UFC 98 surely you say the same about 99! No good card til the abosolutley STACKED 100 card? Surley you will be buying both?!

Jon Anik
  (1:18 PM)

Hey Nate- I actually have said to buy UFC 98, but pass on UFC 99. That said, the Kongo-Velasquez fight might get me to pull the trigger on 99. That, and it's my job to watch it.

John (jersey)

rob and I are pumped 3 days until vegas so lets hear your ufc 98 predictions jon

Jon Anik
  (1:18 PM)

Hey John- Made the predictions earlier in the chat, so check the queue. Sorry I won't be in Vegas with you guys this weekend.

Jeff (MD)

If memory serves, Joe isn't in the game....sorry.

Baumer (NYC)

Why are McFedries/Pokam on the main card of UFC 98? I'd rather see Hague/Barry or Gusmao/Soszynski. Both have potential true contenders fighting.

Jon Anik
  (1:19 PM)

I agree.

Guilherme (São Paulo, Brazil)

If Hughes loses to Serra, you think he is retiring?

Jon Anik
  (1:19 PM)

Yes. And Stephan Bonnar will join us on MMA Live tomorrow, and he has some inside information on Matt Hughes' future.

RyGuy (VA)

Once MMA Live gows on t.v (hopefully), can you pick up Pat Miletich as another analyst? I loved his commentary on SHO MMA and a renowned trainer like him would really add to your panel!

Jon Anik
  (1:20 PM)

Pat's the best. He's been on the show three times, and we hope to have him on a bunch going forward.

Jon (Brookline, MA)

Actually beat Joe with kenny last night on 360.

Chris (Danville, Ca)

I just read that Kimbo was released, how big do you think Dana White's smile was when he read that?

Jon Anik
  (1:21 PM)

This was really nothing more than a formality. Kimbo wants to box, and hasn't made that a secret. MMA was way too tough for him.

Jon (Brookline, MA)

Did you see Dana on Jimmy Fallon last night? It wasn't too bad. I'm curious about your thoughts on the Nuggets/WWE controversy.

Jon Anik
  (1:22 PM)

I missed Dana on Jimmy Fallon- I think I remembered to DVR it. As for the Nuggets/WWE controversy, what a disgrace. Shame on Denver's management. I think the WWE should stand firm, and the Nuggets need to find a new venue. It's too bad, b/c they have a great home-court advantage at Pepsi Center.

Nate (Minneapolis, MN)

I leave tomorrow for Vegas as well! Can you give us a quick preview of MMA live this week?

Jon Anik
  (1:24 PM)

Stephan Bonnar on satellite, as he has fought both Machida and Evans. We offer a complete preview of UFC 98. We also discuss DREAM.9, which features Jose Canseco as well as several actual martial artists. We are in a new studio this week as well.

Kevin: Middletown. Oh

Jon, any chances of getting Kenny to walk out in an MMA Live t-shit? That could get some more buzz for TV show.

Jon Anik
  (1:24 PM)

Good call. I thought he would at least put the MMA Live logo on his shorts, given his paycheck. No love.

Bobby,Cincinnati

Where is the next Bellator fights May 22nd? Why do I not know this? I must have been day dreaming about UFC 98...

Jon Anik
  (1:25 PM)

Bellator is actually dark this weekend. We will be doing a highlight show looking back at the first two rounds of the tournaments. We resume live on May 29th in Monroe, LA with the middleweight semifinals.

sal (chicago, il

How about having frank shamrock on the show. i love his commentary too.

Jon Anik
  (1:26 PM)

I've gotta think he's on the short list. I know Florian will be taking an extended leave of absence to train for the master.

Kevin: Middletown, Oh

Jon if you didnt DVR Jimmy Fallon, its on Hulu.com.

Jon Anik
  (1:26 PM)

Word.

RyGuy (VA)

Now that everyone knows Shaq trains MMA, do you think he could have any impact? It would be hard for him to make 265 but he is an athelete, maybe Bob Sapp sometime in the future?

Jon Anik
  (1:27 PM)

Given his athleticism, I'd be intrigued to see Shaq in the cage. But he'd need a few tune-up fights before facing any high-level MMA fighter.

Steve Dave - Sunny AZ

With the recent questionable Aina stoppage, and some others in the past, do you think instant replay will ever become a part of fight outcome and decision making, like it has in other mainstream sports?

Jon Anik
  (1:28 PM)

Good to have you back in the chat, Steve Dave. I do think you may see some promotions try to incorporate an instant replay system. But I don't think its absolutely necessary in MMA. I also think it could cause its share of headaches as well. If someone lands a low blow and the action is stopped, do you then look at the replay to see exactly where the shot landed? A lot of variables.

Charlie, Philly

Do you make anything of the UFC having Mike Pyle on "stand-by" for UFC 98?

Jon Anik
  (1:30 PM)

First off, I would just say that I think Mike Pyle is a great fighter and it's good to see him in the UFC. As for his stand-by status for UFC 98, very strange. I think it's a by-product of all the injuries that have effected the card, and the UFC is making sure it protects itself in the event of another one.

Nate (Minneapolis, MN)

Anyone other than Brock that can match Lashley's Power/wrestling combo?

Jon Anik
  (1:31 PM)

Sure. Carwin comes to mind, as does Velasquez. I also think Frank Mir's game is well-rounded enough to neutralize a lot of Lashley's strengths. Lashley isn't nearly as good as he'll be 12-18 months from now.

Baumer (NYC)

Instant Replay? Really? It works in other mainstream sports because there are natural breaks in the action which does not really affect the game. How can you pause a fight for a replay? The fighters can catch their breath, hear the corner clearly, do you tend to cuts as well? NO WAY, instant replay will never occur in a combat sport.

Jon Anik
  (1:32 PM)

I sort of agree, Baumer. I think it may end up causing more problems than it does find solutions.

Pina (West Warwick, RI)

Jon - Would you hit a soft 18 against a face card?

Jon Anik
  (1:32 PM)

All day er day.

Brian (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Hypothetically, let's say that Rashad Evans finishes Machida and then in the future finishes Rampage, would become a top 3 pound-for-pound fighter?

Jon Anik
  (1:33 PM)

If he finishes Machida, he should crack the top 5. And finishing both of those guys would certainly land him in my top 4. But the top 3 right now (Fedor, GSP, Anderson Silva) are essentially untouchables until one loses.

Al (New JERSEY)

I usually ask you to say somthing CRAZY the week of a fight but Rashad TKO/4th rd is crazy enough for me, DO you really think that RASHAD can stand and trade with Machida or are you bankning on RASHAD being able to take Machida down for some GnP?

Jon Anik
  (1:35 PM)

I think Rashad has the best raw power in the light heavyweight division. He will be patient to a fault (boring early), and I think eventually he can capitalize on Machida's aggressiveness. I think Lyoto is the more likely of the two to try to push the pace. Just one man's opinion, Al.

Bobby,Cincinnati

If Lashley does beat Sapp, how much longer before a big time organization picks him up like Strikeforce or the UFC? Lesnar only needed one fight. Not comparing just saying Lashley has what 4 going on 5 under his belt now?

Jon Anik
  (1:36 PM)

I think Lesnar was further along at this stage of his career than Lashley. But you'd have to think Lashley could land in the UFC after beating Bob Sapp. I said when Lashley made his debut that he would end up in the Octagon and nowhere else. That is where he wants to fight.

Charlie, Philly

Does Gegard Mousasi stand a chance against the beasts that are competing the "Super Hulk" open weight tourney in Dream?

Jon Anik
  (1:36 PM)

Sure he does. Mousasi is terrific, and I don't think moving up in weight will be that much of a factor.

Guilherme (São Paulo, Brazil)

He won't finish Machida. I'm not saying that he can't win, but Machida has a very safe game (just like Rashad's). This one will probably go to decision.

Jon Anik
  (1:37 PM)

Most would agree with you, Guilherme. But that's no fun!

Nate (Minneapolis, MN)

So no MMA live this weekend in vegas. You are a lock for 100 though right Jonny!?

Jon Anik
  (1:37 PM)

Yes, MMA Live will be in Vegas for UFC 100, and I'd expect us to be in Philly for 101 as well.

Greg, NY

Jon, what do you think of Dana White being on First Take. They were talking about MMA Live on the show. So maybe we r getting somewhere with getting the show on TV.

Jon Anik
  (1:38 PM)

Slowly but surely, Greg. Dana Jacobson did a nice job with Dana. Now we just gotta get the Prez back on MMA Live.

Joe (St. Louis, MO)

Sorry I'm late, Jon. With the recent resignation of Pat Militech and interim-COO Sam Caplan from WAMMA, where do you think WAMMA goes from here? Is this the beginning of the end, and does it show other entities that without the UFC's buy-in, it's going to be hard to succeed?

Jon Anik
  (1:40 PM)

We addressed this a bit earlier, Joe. Of course, WAMMA's biggest obstacle is the UFC's lack of cooperation. I think we all are curious of WAMMA's direction and future after all of the high-profile defections. I'd be lying if I didn't ask myself yesterday 'if an insider like Miletich questions WAMMA's approach/methodology, shouldn't I?' We'll see what happens, but I do plan to stay on the rankings committee for the time being, b/c I still support the premise.

Matt (CT)

Jon, Say Anderson loses to Forrest and on Sat Lyoto wins. Lyoto #3 on PfP list?

Jon Anik
  (1:40 PM)

Yup.

Alan (Plantation, FL)

Which fight is more likely to end by KO: Machida-Evans or Mayweather-Marquez?

Jon Anik
  (1:41 PM)

I like that question. I'll say Mayweather-Marquez, only because JMM has been in a ton of wars and, as Mayweather said yesterday, Marquez has a lot of scar tissue.

Chris (Danville, Ca)

Why is ESPN centered in Bristol? Wouldn't LA make some sense?

Jon Anik
  (1:42 PM)

Right between Boston and New York, and the land had to have been cheap. Not sure it makes sense to have ESPN headquarters on the West Coast, but it would certainly make sense for MMA Live to be out there (close to Vegas, etc.).

Ken (Pittsburgh)

Jon, I think you're underestimating UFC 99. On the card you have 2 bonafide legends (Wandy and CroCop), 4 welterweights who always entertain (Hardy-Davis and Swick-Saunders), a legit HW #1 contender-type fight in Cain-Kongo, and a plethora of Europe's best fighters who want to put on a good show. Not to mention Rich Franklin, who was one of the UFC's biggest stars 2 years ago. I will be watching, that's for sure.

Jon Anik
  (1:43 PM)

I like the sell job, Ken. Still not jumping out of my seat with anticipation, but it's deeper than I thought.

Nate (Minneapolis, MN)

Im a little surprised to see so many of the pro's pick em'(Sherdog.com) Went to serra. Why do you think that is? I didnt expect it to be close to 50/50....

Jon Anik
  (1:43 PM)

I think Serra has had a great training camp, and word has filtered to the MMA world that he is ready to go. Vegas oddsmakers are still backing Hughes, and heavily.

Bobby,Cincinnati

Amen Ken

Ramon HG (Tokyo)

Jon, love show is you do every week. Thanks you. Wondering your goals for MMA live show for the year of the next 2010? I love fights!

Jon Anik
  (1:45 PM)

Thanks, Ramon. I have two goals for MMA Live over the course of the next year- 1) improve my individual performance and chemistry with those two hacks- 2) get on TV.

Joe (St. Louis, MO)

I'll take a friendly wager on Rashad vs. Machida, I've got Machida obviously....have you had a chance to play UFC Undisputed 2009? I got it yesterday and it's a lot better than I was expecting....

Jon Anik
  (1:45 PM)

Don't have the video game yet, and not taking any bets on Machida-Evans. I have predicted Rashad, but not enough to start laying cake on the guy.

Alan (Plantation, FL)

It seems to me that Vegas oddsmakers aren't as good at setting the lines for MMA as they are for boxing. I live in Vegas before the Liddell- Evans fight, and Liddell was a huge favorite. Me being the genius that I am I bet on Evans.

Jon Anik
  (1:46 PM)

You're right, Alan. Take advantage while you can, b/c they are catching on and catching up.

Boston Matt

Come on, stupid questions like why is ESPN in Bristol making the chat. Buck Up Anik... Chris, why is Circuit City based in Richmond, Virginia? John, Mayhem/Jacare, you think it will be a good fight and Mayhem puts away his goofball antics during the fight? Before and after is fine, but pay attention to the fight! I like him though, good fight. Machida will out wit Evans to take the fight. My guess is a 3rd round victory! Bet?

Jon Anik
  (1:47 PM)

Easy, bro. Just trying to be fair to all of our participants. I agree on Miller. I'm all set with the antics. I like him to win the fight, however. And for the second time, no wagers on Machida-Evans. Sorry fellas. I just hope you all go bet Machida, since you are so confident he will win.

Jeff (MD)

Sorry about the Joe comment, I was certain he wasn't in the game. Can I be allowed back in the chat?

Jon Anik
  (1:47 PM)

We don't ban people here, especially our loyal regulars like yourself.

Cowboy Ron (Piston, PA)

The Cowboy is back Jon. Please tell us what it's like to be on the road covering Bellator? Must be glamorous.

Jon Anik
  (1:49 PM)

Cowboy Ron! I thought for sure I had offended you or something. Being on the road for live MMA every weekend is the thrill of a lifetime. It may sound trite, but I can't think of a greater rush in broadcasting than calling a fight. It's been amazing, and some of the crazy finishes have only added to the experience.

Jon Anik
  (1:49 PM)

Speaking of which, Bellator VII broadcast is now up at bellator.com. Direct link is posted on my twitter page (Jon_Anik).

Nate (Minneapolis, MN)

Jonny pushing for an L.A. gig!! Think of all the great shopping Ken-Flo could get done! Buy or sell the winner of the Machida/Evans fight holds the belt for another 12 months?

Jon Anik
  (1:50 PM)

Ken-Flo would be in heaven. Prada outlets every ten feet! I will sell the Machida-Evans winner holding the belt in May of 2010.

John (jersey)

so whats your take on bellator so far? what are you learning from doing the color comentary?

Jon Anik
  (1:51 PM)

I actually do the blow-by-blow and not the color. Thanks for watching. Haha. In all seriousness, I have learned a great deal. When to let the action breath, when to add background information, and when to strictly focus on the fight. It's been one of the best experiences of my life, and a lot of that has to do with the quality of the people running Bellator, and the quality of the fights/fighters.

Brian (Chestnut Hill, MA)

You've been great with the chat, but when are you getting back Kenflo and Franklin on the chat?

Jon Anik
  (1:52 PM)

Hopefully McNeil will be on the chat next week. As for Florian, I wouldn't hold your breath. Dude is big time now.

Steve Dave - Sunny AZ

"Lashley isn't nearly as good as he'll be 12-18 months from now." - Anik I wholly agree, and listening to him talk, he seems to be a smart level headed guy who's going to do what it takes... And that is both scary and very awesome. In your opinion, since they are continually compared, who has the higher possible ceiling in the MMA scene, as far as overall realized fighting skills, wins, and career lenght, between Lashley and Lesnar?

Jon Anik
  (1:53 PM)

I think Lesnar has the higher ceiling, but I could make a case for Lashley as well. I think Bobby will be competing in MMA long after Lesnar retires, despite the fact that Lashley is actually the older guy.

Dr. Phil (Los Angeles)

Where is Florini and McNaulty today?

Jon Anik
  (1:54 PM)

Dr. Phil is a hack for mispronouncing Florian's name. Everyone else thought it was funny. I thought it s*cked. Do your homework, man. F-L-O-R-I-A-N. Pretty straightforward.

Matt NYC

Up to speed on TUF yet? What are your thoughts on this year's cast?

Jon Anik
  (1:55 PM)

Banged out a few episodes on Monday. Still not caught up, Matt. I will say thought, that I am not as down on this season as some of my co-workers.

Jim (Acton, MA)

Any plans on how MMA Live will replace Kenny while trains full time for BJ Penn?

Jon Anik
  (1:56 PM)

We've got plenty of options, and our producers are working as we speak to lock in fill-in analysts. I'll miss the Flo, but am excited to work with some other fighters.

Taman (Raleigh)

What do you think of a potential Sobral/Tito fight?

Jon Anik
  (1:57 PM)

Sign me up, and I hope Tito beats him. Blasphemy, I know. Not necessarily an Ortiz fan, but I do think he's got plenty left.

Guilherme (São Paulo, Brazil)

I will replace Kenny... lol...

Jon Anik
  (1:57 PM)

Get in line my friend. What's your career record?

Al (new Jesrsey)

what about the rumor of rampage Machida/evans to coach the next TUF does the belt really need to be held up for another 8 months?

Jon Anik
  (1:58 PM)

Not an ideal situation, Al. But TUF only has three seasons left after this one. It is what it is.

John (jersey)

get miguel torres to fill in for kenny

Jon Anik
  (1:58 PM)

I can guarantee you Miguel will be in the mix, but he's got a fight himself to prepare for.

Nate (Minneapolis, MN)

If the 'spider' Pulls out the W against forrest(no Guarantee of course) Does he stay at 205 or come back down for Maia/Marquart?

Jon Anik
  (1:59 PM)

He may come back down for Bisping-Henderson winner as well. Either way, I think his next fight will be a title defense at 185.

Taman (Raleigh)

Hey Jon, If you created your own character on UNDISPUTED, what weightclass would you be in and what discipline would you start in?

Jon Anik
  (2:00 PM)

155. Brazilian jiu-jitsu. If I was fighting in real life, I would have to get down to 135 to be competitive. I'm like 160 right now, but not much lean muscle mass (as Florian never ceases to remind me). Haha.

Cyrus (San Francisco, CA)

Any particular reason TUF only has three seasons left? Does Spike not want to renew or does the UFC think it's run its course?

Jon Anik
  (2:01 PM)

I think after 12 seasons it will have run its course. I just remember Dana White telling us after TUF 7 that there would only be five more seasons. That might've changed, but I doubt it.

Taman (Raleigh)

Do you think Sonnen will be up for this fight with Jim Miller, after the loss in his first appearance in UFC?

Jon Anik
  (2:01 PM)

I think Sonnen will be 'up' for the fight, but 'down' at the end of it. Dan Miller is a warrior.

Bobby,Cincinnati

Who wants to see Hendo get beat up again by The Spider? I don't think Bisping can challenge him either. He faces his stiffest competition at 205.

Jon Anik
  (2:02 PM)

I tend to agree on Bisping's inability to pose much of a threat to Silva. I wouldn't be totally opposed to seeing Hendo rematch Silva. That said, I'm not at all convinced Henderson gets by Bisping...as you guys know.

Jason Chambers (Hollywood CA)

When do you plan on starting your training in BJJ or MMA ? ;)

Jon Anik
  (2:03 PM)

JC. I gotta get going. Putting down the pizza and picking up a jump rope would be a nice start. My girlfriend put me throught a circuit workout yesterday, and I felt like I was having a seizure.

JBarbs (West Hartford, CT)

Jon, was wondering if you and Kenny ever drink together after the show. Is he all "hollywood" in the local dive bars too? I can see Franklin going after the local cougars however.

Jon Anik
  (2:04 PM)

Hahaha...McNeil loves the local cougars. Florian doesn't drink, but we hang out.

Andrew C. from Montgomery, AL

Jon, Thanks for the time. Do you see any of the Bellator fighters getting access to the UFC or are they contractually tied to Bellator. Thanks for everything.

Jon Anik
  (2:06 PM)

The way Bellator is paying these guys, I don't see a huge need to jump ship. Bellator is laying a nice foundation to develop stars. Guys like Eddie Alvarez and Jorge Masvidal needn't look elsewhere for competition or money. I say that as objectively as I can, Andrew, and I truly believe it.

Nate (Minneapolis, MN)

A little aside to JBarbs question. If mcneil see a Bear Claw doughnut or a Cougar which one is he going after first?

Jon Anik
  (2:07 PM)

Dude loves his danishes. I also think if McNeil had to decide between a tuna sandwich and a girl that was a '6', he's taking the grinder. McNeil has high standards and several female pursuers.

Taman (Raleigh)

Will the winner of the Kongo/Velasquez be next for Shane Carwin?

Jon Anik
  (2:08 PM)

Possibly, but more likely will get the winner of Mir and Lesnar. Then, you preserve all three guys as possible contenders. If the Kongo/Velasquez winner fights Carwin, the loser of that fight wouldn't have much of a case for a title shot. Got me?

Scott (Des Moines)

Assuming GSP beats up on Alves... What's next for him...?

Jon Anik
  (2:09 PM)

Maybe Anderson Silva in a mega-fight to end the year. Perhaps Martin Kampmann or Mike Swick. That said, I don't really expect him to beat up on Alves.

Paul (San Pedro, CA)

hey Jon, any way you get Jordan Breen on the show from time to time? Kid has crazy MMA knowledge.

Jon Anik
  (2:09 PM)

Would love to have Jordan on the show. Not really my call.

Andrew C. from Montgomery, AL

Jon, What does a workout day look like for Kenny during off schedule compared to getting ready for a fight?

Jon Anik
  (2:10 PM)

I know his schedule is more structured when there is an opponent to prepare for. But Kenny is as diligent as they come. Even when he was waiting around for BJ, he was working hard and training as if he had a fight signed.

Charlie, Philly

I think holding up the LHW belt for a TUF season is not that terrible because it allows the contenders to sort themselves out a bit for the next title shot after Rampage.

Jon Anik
  (2:11 PM)

And there is a lot of sorting to be done...Shogun, Luiz Cane, etc.

Alan (Plantation, FL)

Jon, Cro Cop-Carwin make any sense? Winner of that could fight the winner of Cain-Kongo to see who fights Lesnar/Mir.

Jon Anik
  (2:11 PM)

I just hope Cro Cop could make it out of the Octagon alive against Carwin.

Jeff (MD)

Who does MMA Live's networking to get other fights, trainers, etc on the show? Do you guys have a say or is it all up to the suits?

Jon Anik
  (2:12 PM)

We have a great staff of coordinating and executive producers. I have a solid working relationship with the team and a say, but they make the bulk of those decisions.

Alan (Plantation, FL)

If Saunders beats Swick, who would he fight next? Kampmann?

Jon Anik
  (2:13 PM)

A possibility. But I think Kampmann may be a little higher up the ladder than that. If Swick wins, I could certainly see him fighting the Hitman.

Kevin: Middletown, Oh

With the mention of a Silva/GSP superfight, how many fights does the Spider have left on his contract?

Jon Anik
  (2:13 PM)

4 I believe.

Matt NYC

When is Hector Lombard fighting again? Unless I missed them, I haven't seen the 185 quarters.

Jon Anik
  (2:14 PM)

Hector Lombard faces Damien Stelly (U.S. Army Combatives) at Bellator IX on May 29th in Monroe, Louisiana. That is the night of the MW semifinals. The championship bout would then be June 19th in Hollywood, FL.

Bobby,Cincinnati

Does the Arlovski vs Rodgers winner get Overeem?

Jon Anik
  (2:15 PM)

Most likely. But Arlovski's contract situation isn't exactly a picture of clarity at this point. He has one fight left with Affliction, and it's unclear whether or not this Strikeforce fight will honor that commitment.

Joe (St. Louis, MO)

Why all the Cro Cop hate?

Jon Anik
  (2:15 PM)

Not hate, Joe. Why all the Anik hate? I just think he's washed-up.

Jon Anik

I will be getting a PS3 this month!!! Just kidding I'm never going to play this game... Let's GOOO Anik, get your game on...

Nate (Minneapolis, MN)

You still think LW is the most stacked division? I got LHW, with the Big Boys inching ever closer to that #2 spot(on my list)

Jon Anik
  (2:17 PM)

It's close, Nate. I still like 155, when you consider all of MMA. Several top lightweights fight outside of the UFC (Aoki, Alvarez, Cavalcante, Kawajiri, Hansen, Thomson, Melendez, Varner). The list goes on and on.

Taman (Raleigh)

Are Bobby Lashley and Bob Sapp fighting and when?

Jon Anik
  (2:17 PM)

Yes. June 27th. It's yours on pay-per-view.

Charlie, Philly

You still leaning towards Shields against Lawler on June 6th?

Jon Anik
  (2:17 PM)

Affirmative.

Jon Anik
  (2:19 PM)

Alright fellas, gotta cut it off here. Don't forget, you can now follow me on Twitter (I know...very exciting). It's Jon_Anik and I will be posting during UFC 98 on Saturday night. Also, be sure to check out Episode #54 of MMA Live tomorrow at 3 ET. Until next week, enjoy the fights...-JA