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October 21, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Jon Anik

Jon Anik
  (1:01 PM)

Hey folks! Great to be back with you for another MMA Live chat here at espn.com. A lot to get to this week, with UFC 104 on tap, several big fight announcements, and the Bellator TV deal. So...let's vent.

willy k toms river nj [via mobile]

Will frank edgar ever get a shot at bj penn? And do you think shogun even has a chance ?

Jon Anik
  (1:03 PM)

AS long as Frank Edgar keeps winning, his time will come. If he loses to Kurt Pellegrino, it'll be difficult to get back to the top. But if you keep winning, eventually a title shot will materialize. As for Shogun, sure he's got a chance. I think he's got a better chance to beat Machida than any other current UFC light heavyweight. That said, I don't think he'll make it out of the third or fourth round.

JD South Dakota [via mobile]

Hey Jon. The Fedor vs Rodgers fight obviously is the big draw. But I think Miller vs Shields could steal the show. What do you think?

Jon Anik
  (1:04 PM)

The Shields-Miller match-up certainly has the potential to be electric and carry the card.

Chris ceRES CA [via mobile]

Hey jon love the show and the chat. With brock lesnar fighting shane carwin next i was wondering i believe right now brock is unbeatable and with run through shane carwin. Is there a ufc heavyweight that would be favorite against brock? And do you see any ufc hw beating him?

Jon Anik
  (1:05 PM)

There is no current UFC heavyweight who would be favored to beat Brock Lesnar. I think Carwin represents a great challenge b/c he can almost match Lesnar's size and strength. I like Brock in the fight, but I would be surprised if he ran right through Carwin. I think it'll be competitive.

LUIS (san diego) [via mobile]

any word on who rashad evans will be fighting next? he seems like a great coach on TUF. I was looking forward to him ko-ing rampage.

Jon Anik
  (1:06 PM)

Rashad's next opponent will be Thiago Silva at UFC 108. And I do think you will eventually get to see the grudge match with Rampage, who will not stay retired.

Jeff (MD)

Predictions for this Saturday?

Jon Anik
  (1:07 PM)

Here goes for the main card at UFC 104: Machida by 3rd round TKO. I like Cain Velasquez by unanimous decision, but I'm not sleeping on Ben Rothwell and I think he has a chance. Backing Josh Neer against Tibau, Joe Stevenson to dominate Cole Miller, and Rumble Johnson, provided the weight cut doesn't kill him, will beat Yoshiyuki Yoshida.

Erik (Austin, TX)

Hey Jon, I'm psyched about the Bellator deal for the obvious mainstream attention it will have, but given that it's on FOX Sports (obvious competitor of ESPN), does that mean MMA Nation will be without our fearless leader at the helm calling the action?

Jon Anik
  (1:09 PM)

Hey Erik. Yesterday was definitely a great day for Bellator and I share your enthusiasm. As for my future, my expectation is that I will continue on with Bellator and MMA Live, but the situation is fluid right now.

John (Memphis, Tn)

Whats up Anik, i hear kimbo may be fighting at 107.. any info on that?

Jon Anik
  (1:10 PM)

I still think Kimbo will fight again on this season of The Ultimate Fighter, but the rumored UFC 107 clash with Houston Alexander does make sense. And I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Kimbo featured on a PPV, as opposed to the TUF finale a week earlier.

Julie (Dallas)

Answer one for the ladies. Why didn't Dana make these bums fight in to the house. I thought that was standard on the show.

Jon Anik
  (1:12 PM)

Hahaha. You're right, Julie, that there has been a lack of friction in the house. I actually think the season has been pretty enjoyable to watch, the fights notwithstanding. I think there is a good dynamic, and it's been fun to see the human side of guys like Kimbo Slice and Marcus Jones.

Leo (Boston MA)

Hi Jon,I've missed the chat the past couple of weeks which Kimbo fight are you more excited to see him vs Chuck or Houston. Or is the better question which fight are you least excited to see?

Jon Anik
  (1:12 PM)

I don't ever want to see Chuck Liddell fight again. With all due respect, he's already starting to show signs of mental decline, and I don't want him to absorb anymore punishment.

Brian (Milwaukee, WI)

Anyone know what's going on with Hendo? He says he'll be back in the UFC but Dana says he won't.

Jon Anik
  (1:13 PM)

I think Hendo will eventually lower his asking price and return to the UFC. I don't think Strikeforce has the resources to offer Hendo six figures or more per fight on a long-term deal.

Juan (Miami, Fl)

Jon, are the Henderson and UFC negotiations over??

Jon Anik
  (1:14 PM)

Dana White says they are for now. But we've seen situations like this before and, more often than not, they get resolved. If Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture can mend the relationship, so can Hendo.

Chuck Liddell (LA)

I don't want to see any more Jon Anik chats.

Jon Anik
  (1:14 PM)

Hahahaha. Fair enough, man. But my fastball still has some juice, no?

SWIFTboy (Ottawa)

I think Julie meant why didn't they have to fight to get ONTO the show.

Jon Anik
  (1:16 PM)

Oh my mistake, Julie. Season 10 was originally going to be middleweights and heavyweights, but once Kimbo became a possibility, the UFC changed course. I would agree there seems to be a lack of depth in terms of the talent. Just goes to show you how difficult it is to find 16 quality heavyweights in MMA.

Chuck Liddell (LA)

Not really. You don't think I can beat Wanderlai or Kimbo or Huston?

Jon Anik
  (1:16 PM)

I didn't say you couldn't win another fight. You'd probably be favored to beat all three of those guys. I just think the risk far, far outweighs the reward.

Dan (chicago)

IF you could only buy one PPV which would you get UFC 104, UFC 106, or UFC 107?

Jon Anik
  (1:17 PM)

UFC 106. Brock.

Steve Mtz (New Mex)

Predictions for the weekend buddy boy. I love Machida but I gotta say i think hes going down. On..da...record

Jon Anik
  (1:17 PM)

Steve Mtz is going out on a limb and I like it. Offered up my 104 predictions earlier in the chat.

Scott (Northern Kentucky)

How much is Jermain Taylor just a reach?Your Tito expectations...title contender, gatekeeper, past his prime hanger-on?

Jon Anik
  (1:19 PM)

Hi Scott. Definitely was tough to see Jermain Taylor absorb another devastating KO. Arthur Abraham is special. As for Tito, public perception differs greatly as to how much he has left. I'm actually in the camp of those who think he's got plenty left and can eventually challenge for the belt. He lost 13 of 15 minutes against Lyoto Machida at UFC 84, but he got more accomplished against him than most. I think we'll know a lot more about exactly where Tito is after UFC 106.

Jeff (MD)

Who do you want to see N8 fight next if the UFC can't get Henderson back into the fold before long? Okami? Wandy/Bisping winner?

Jon Anik
  (1:20 PM)

I'd like to see him fight Okami, provided he gets through Chael Sonnen this weekend. Wouldn't mind seeing him fight Bisping. But Bisping is actually an underdog against Denis Kang next month, so that fight may not have much juice.

BJ Penn (Hawaii)

Are you buying UFC 107 because I destroyed your boyfriend so this is how you are getting back at me?

Jon Anik
  (1:21 PM)

Not buying it. I will be in Memphis supporting my boyfriend!

Hayden (Logan, Utah)

Fight of the year so far?

Jon Anik
  (1:22 PM)

I would still go with Clay Guida-Diego Sanchez, followed by Cerrone-Henderson. An e-mailer recently mentioned the Nate Quarry-Tim Credeur fight as a notable ommission to our discussion on MMA Live last week. It wasn't quite as technical as some others, but I say it's in the mix.

John (Sioux Falls, SD)

You want to see him fight Okami? Does anyone want to see Okami fight?

Jon Anik
  (1:23 PM)

Part of my reasoning is that a one-sided loss to Marquardt would silence some of the Okami backers who think he is the most disrespected fighter in UFC history.

Jason (Ellicott City, MD)

Don't you think the 107 card is more stacked than 106? Brock can only do 1 fight where as I want to see BJ (of course), Mir, Kflo (sigh), and Alves.

Jon Anik
  (1:24 PM)

In terms of depth, I would agree that UFC 107 stands alone. But Brock Lesnar is must-see TV, and I'm also very curious to see Tito's return. You make a good point though, Jason.

Chris (Danville, Ca)

Arlovski is going to train with Greg Jackson. He is definitely on the decline right now, but he is no Sylvia. Any chance the amazing greg Jackson can turn things around for the Pitbull?

Jon Anik
  (1:25 PM)

Even the great Greg Jackson can't get Arlovski a new chin. I think Arlovski is a top 15 heavyweight, but will never be elite again.

Josh (Orlando)

Jon, Is it true that Machida, if he wins the next five, according to ESPN Sherdog.com, wants a shot at Brock Lesnar? I think he would win, and I dont think Brock will make it by Carwin personally. Carwin is no joke, and aint been past the 1st round in any fight. Brock has.

Jon Anik
  (1:26 PM)

Yes, Machida did mention a fight with Lesnar down the road. I don't really think it will ever materialize, and you are certainly not the only one picking Shane Carwin to upset Lesnar.

Peter Lampasona (Oceanside, NY)

I loved Guida's come back just barely falling short of stealing the fight. It was oddly reminiscent of Rocky. But Cerrone/Henderson featured just as much eye of the tiger and probably a more technical all around game.

Jon Anik
  (1:27 PM)

I don't disagree with that Peter. Still, if I get a vote for Fight of the Year, it's Guida-Sanchez. My jaw was at my belt the entire fight. It was one thing after another...

Steve (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario)

Whats your take on Mir/Kingo Jon? I'm a big Mir fan but I've got to admit I'm a bit scared of him thinking he can stand with Kongo.

Jon Anik
  (1:28 PM)

Chieck Kongo is a vicious, violent striker and definitely has a great chance to beat Frank Mir. It'll be interesting to see how much Kongo has improved since the Velasquez fight. It was a wretched gameplan that he employed against Cain and, if Mir gets Kongo down, he'll snap his arm.

Jason (Owosso, MI)

I know you're overloaded with posts, but I have a Love/Hate feeling with this chat. I'm a whiner one day and a No whiner's allowed guy the next.

Jon Anik
  (1:29 PM)

I see you as one of our loyal chatters, Jay! I expect more!

Josh (Orlando)

Jon, I asked earlier what and WHO is next for GSP next year? Since he has destroyed the entire 170lb division, and (I think Swick is no match for GSP ), is he going to move to 185lb? I think he could do it easily.

Jon Anik
  (1:30 PM)

Simply put, GSP is in no rush to move up to 185. When the timing is right, he'll make the move. But right now, it's not his or his team's focus. I like Mike Swick but would agree that it's hard to envision a scenario whereby he beats GSP.

Jeff (MD)

Buy or Sell: Nate Diaz getting a shot at Gray Maynard after losing 2 of his last 3 fights? Seems like high-risk, low reward for The Bully.

Jon Anik
  (1:30 PM)

Sell. Totally agree with your assessment. I don't think Nate Diaz deserves a shot at Maynard right now.

John (Alaska)

Stevenson would dominate cole miller but he fights Spencer Fisher

Jon Anik
  (1:31 PM)

Thanks for the correction, John. I still like Stevenson.

Jeff (MD)

As awesome as I think GSP is, don't you think one of his biggest strengths is his size advantage? Going to 185 essentially neutralizes one of his biggest strengths.

Jon Anik
  (1:31 PM)

True, but the GSP you would see at 185 would be an entirely different animal. He would bulk up to 205 and cut down.

Brendhan (Texas)

Do you have ANY interest in seeing Kim Couture fight or are you indifferent towards her future in MMA?

Jon Anik
  (1:33 PM)

I'll be honest, Brendhan. I am largely indifferent to women's MMA in general. I appreciate all of the increasing opportunities for women in MMA, but I used to cover boxing and really had a hard time watching the women destroy each other. As for Kim Couture specifically, I know Randy has expressed some trepidation about Kim getting big opportunities strictly because of her last name. Kerry Vera is a gifted, gifted striker, and Kim better be ready.

John (LA)

What kind of mental decline are you seeing in Chuck already? That sounds pretty bad for such a young guy.

Jon Anik
  (1:35 PM)

Not to say that Liddell was ever the most articulate guy in the world, but I just think the fights have added up and taken their toll. I understand he was nervous on DWTS, but he had trouble putting a sentence together. He's a legend and a HOFer and I'm not sure what he has to gain by fighting again, other than to scratch his personal itch.

VB (Denver)

Does the NBC deal make Bellator a legit threat now? I'd like to think so but airing at odd hours in late night/early morning won't help.

Jon Anik
  (1:37 PM)

The FSN/NBC/Telemundo deal certainly makes Bellator a player. The immediate goal is not to be a 'threat' to the UFC, Strikeforce or anyone else. Rather, the mission is to establish the Bellator brand, increase the exposure of its fighters, and continue to provide high-level MMA content to a ravenous fan base. And as for the time slot, the NBC highlight show is early morning, but all of the shows will be live on FSN Thursday nights at 8 ET.

Bradley (Regina SK CAN)

How about Hendo to Bellator? Wouldn't he absolutely destroy Lombard?

Jon Anik
  (1:38 PM)

Wouldn't that be nice! I still think he eventually re-signs with the UFC. And by the way, he would not destroy Hector Lombard. Trust me on that one.

Brad (Bristol,CT)

Does Bellator only employ Latino fighters? Forgive me if I'm way off on that..I have not been able to follow it but am now excited that it will be on TV.

Jon Anik
  (1:40 PM)

No. One of several goals for Season 1 was to expose the great Latino fight fans to the MMA game, and I think that goal was accomplished. But Bellator has dozens of fighters under contract that are not of Latin descent.

orlando (west pal ,Fl) [via mobile]

Jon your doin a great job !....is their any fighters out there that we should know about? Todd duffe looks promising...just wondering if u knew some impressive fighters to look out for!

Jon Anik
  (1:43 PM)

Thanks, Orlando. There are a number of prospects that come to mind. Todd Duffee certainly has a lot of buzz, and rightfully so. I also think the best has yet to come for Dustin Hazelett, although some don't consider him a prospect. I like Strikeforce's Tyron Woodley, and of course, free agent Ben Askren. Also am very high on Bibiano Fernandes after what he did a few weeks back in Japan.

Juan (Miami, Fl)

I'm not too crazy about Bellator in Telemundo. Especially because of the time slot, and the fact that Telemundo has a more hardcore boxing aficionado.

Jon Anik
  (1:44 PM)

I hear ya on the time slot, but there is no doubt that Telemundo's reach is larger than ESPN Deportes' and hopefully some of those boxing fans will get the MMA bug that we all have.

drew (dc)

what kinda chances u give king mo lawal against my boy musassi? this fights gonna happen right?

Jon Anik
  (1:45 PM)

I expect it'll happen eventually, but Mousasi's next fight is against Sokoudjou on CBS November 7th. I think King Mo would be a great test for Mousasi, but he's gotta be 100% healthy or he's got no shot.

Josh (Orlando)

I just watched UFC 104 preview. If Rua is aggressive as they say, he is another perfect victim for Machida. Machida uses fighters aggressiveness and attacks it, and that is how he has won. Whats your take?

Jon Anik
  (1:46 PM)

I think Machida makes a lot of the best fighters in the world look average. He's that skilled and that deceptive. No one has solved the puzzle yet, and I don't expect Rua to be the first.

Jason (Owosso, MI)

TUF 10 prediction: Team Rampage gets 1st win TONIGHT!!!

Jon Anik
  (1:46 PM)

Would you back that prediction with $?

Adam (Provo, UT)

Jon,should i have mexican or chinese for lunch today?

Jon Anik
  (1:47 PM)

Two great options. I never say no to Chinese.

Blake (Kentucky)

whats next for Minotauro?

Jon Anik
  (1:47 PM)

TBD, Blake. I think he will probably get the winner of the Lesnar-Carwin fight.

Greg (Ellicott City)

TUF has gone downhill since season 1

Jon Anik
  (1:49 PM)

A lot of people feel that way, Greg. Seasons 1 and 2 were certainly more heavy on talent than other seasons. I think there are even some UFC executives that think the show has run its course. Dana White told me last year that the 12th season will be the last. We'll see.

JJ (Seattle)

MMA Live Podcast???

Jon Anik
  (1:49 PM)

All I will say is that we are working to provide more MMA content at espn.com. Will keep you posted, JJ.

eddie miami [via mobile]

Hey JA cain wins will he get a title shot I belive he needs a couple more fights .... And what's up with lashley why is he doing wrestling again?

Jon Anik
  (1:51 PM)

I'll take Lashley first. He is just trying to make money while he can. Lashley told me when he was on MMA Live that his intention all along was to still do some pro wrestling stuff while developing into a Mixed martial artist. Once he signs with a major promotion, I would expect him to focus 100% on MMA. Hard to blame anyone in this economy for following the money. As for Velasquez, a domination of Rothwell might change my opinion. But right now, I would agree that he's not quite ready for primetime (title shot).

Jason (Ellicott City, MD)

Who does better color commentary: Mir or your hubby?

Jon Anik
  (1:53 PM)

I think Mir and Florian both do a great job. I know you really didn't expect me to pick a side there. Mir has had more repetitions, but they both have different styles.

Derek (PA)

How do you think Brock will be able to handle getting hit by those bricks Carwin calls hands? His chin hasn't been tested fully and if he was seeing stars by a Mir knee, I don't know if he can handle it. I see Brock slumped over like Gonzaga at the end of Rd.1.

Jon Anik
  (1:54 PM)

I think it's a stretch to say he was seeing stars after the Mir knee. It certainly connected and Brock did the right think to immediately take Mir down. Carwin---no doubt---is the best combination of size and strength that Lesnar has ever faced. But Carwin's chin will also need to hold up. Brock's pretty good at rearranging other dude's faces as well.

Jason (Owosso, MI)

Gotta get back to work my brother. Thanks for your time and support of my sport. Mad love homie.

Jon Anik
  (1:55 PM)

Thanks dude. Sorry I didn't get to more of your posts today. Don't be afraid to send questions to mmalive@espn.com or hit me up on Twitter (Jon_Anik). I respond to every question sent my way on Twitter. You have my word.

Jason (Ellicott City, MD)

Is Rua worth a +300 value bet?

Jon Anik
  (1:57 PM)

I think throwing cake down against Machida is just a losing proposition. It's MMA, so of course anything can happen. So, if you really like Shogun, go ahead. But I wouldn't call it a great value play by any means. I think an underdog play on Ben Rothwell represents better value.

Hondo (Boston,MA)

I checked out Lombard after last week's chat. The dude is legit. Is he your new Smoking Joey Villasenor?

Jon Anik
  (1:58 PM)

Hahahahaha. I would say Mamed Khalidov, who will fight Jorge Santiago soon in Japan, is this chat's new Smokin' Joe Villasenor. But I'm glad you checked out Hector Lombard. I am as high on him as any middleweight out there. He has a ferocity that is downright frightening. I didn't even want to interview him before his Bellator championship fight. He was cutting weight and wanted nothing to do with me.

Snapple Cap (My Desk)

A one minute kiss burns 26 calories. You're welcome.

Jon Anik
  (1:59 PM)

Thanks, I guess.

Ken (Pittsburgh)

Jon, what have you heard about Mike Pierce? He upset Brock Larson a few weeks ago (after I jinxed Larson on this chat), and now he gets a big matchup with Koscheck at Fight Night 20.

Jon Anik
  (2:01 PM)

Don't know a whole lot about him, but he dominated a guy in Brock Larson who many thought was a potential contender. I don't expect him to get through Koscheck, who I believe is the current UFC welterweight best equipped to beat GSP.

Brian (Milwaukee, WI)

I wonder if all the love Okami has received the last few weeks will have the Brock Larson effect.

Jon Anik
  (2:02 PM)

Could be. Chael Sonnen is a wildcard. Very experienced guy with a nice skill set. He doesn't always bring it on fight night, though.

eddie miami [via mobile]

JA I like sanchez but if penn makes it through who's next for penn do you see wec champ brown stepping up?

Jon Anik
  (2:03 PM)

I don't think MTB would have much success against the top 155ers in the UFC. I think Maynard, provided he beats Nate Diaz, will get the Penn-Sanchez winner. Of course, if Sanchez and Florian both win at UFC 107, that might be the next fight for the belt. You could also build Season 11 of TUF around that rematch. I think Kenny would have to dominate and finish Guida to get that opportunity.

VB (Denver)

Koscheck is best equipped to beat GSP?! I don't see how he could even beat his own teammate Jon Fitch!

Jon Anik
  (2:05 PM)

I was cageside at UFC 87, as GSP handled Fitch for 24:30 of the 25 minutes. You won't find a bigger Jon Fitch fan than me, but right now I think Koscheck has a better chance. I like his speed and athleticism.

Joe ( Ontario)

What do you think Rothwelle's gameplan will be?

Jon Anik
  (2:05 PM)

Stand, bang, sprawl, and thwart takedowns. Cain's chin isn't proven.

Chin (Josh Koschek)

I want no parts of GSP, thank you very much.

Phil (Cincinnati)

You know if Okami loses Saturday, I will literally have nothing intelligent to add to your chats anymore...

Jon Anik
  (2:06 PM)

Hahahaha. I don't think he's gonna lose, Phil, so you may be okay.

The Scooch (NYC)

Hey Jon, what's on tap for tomorrow's MMA Live?

Jon Anik
  (2:07 PM)

With Florian off training in Montreal and Rashad unavailable, I believe Stephan Bonnar is in studio. We will break down the entire UFC 104 main card and also examine Bellator's TV deal and what it means for Bellator and the MMA landscape. Plenty more as well, so we hope you'll tune in tomorrow at 3 ET.

Hondo (Boston,MA)

I personally want to see Fitch v Koscheck before I want to see Koscheck v GSP.

Jon Anik
  (2:07 PM)

As do I.

Marc (Malden, MA)

Did you hear Marc Savard is out 4-6 weeks? Tough blow for the B's. How many more wins for Rumble Johnson to get a title shot?

Jon Anik
  (2:08 PM)

Yeah, that's a huge blow for the B's. Anthony Johnson is still 3-4 W's away, in my humble opinion.

Bradley (Regina SK CAN)

Just signed up for twitter and now following jon_anik.

Jon Anik
  (2:08 PM)

Thanks dude. Twitter is a strange world, but a great way to communicate with the great MMA fans.

ohitsbigron (Lorton VA)

Do you ever feel that the top fighters in Strikeforce will feel comfortable fighting in the promotion that all in MMA believe to be second best knowing that they'll never get to face top competition like that in the UFC?

Jon Anik
  (2:10 PM)

Strikeforce's biggest issue is depth. There are a handful of elite guys in each division, but you don't have the depth that allows for guys like Mousasi to continuously test himself against the best in the world. That's why Gegard says he will eventually take his act to the UFC and why most of the best fighters in the world aspire to fight there.

VB (Denver)

Anik, how long we going today? I've got absolutely nothing to do at work today and could really use a marathon chat to pass the time. Come through, John!

Jon Anik
  (2:11 PM)

Only about 10 more minutes, VB. Would love to stay all day and have our producers write the show, but that's just not in the cards. Thanks for all the great questions today.

Jay K. (Vancouver BC)

I just signed up for twitter as well and it's sort of confusing. I feel like I am being attacked by sentence fragments.

Jon Anik
  (2:12 PM)

Hahaha. You will get the hang of it. It's a great way to keep up with MMA news and information, b/c most of the best websites are represented on Twitter and they link the stories there.

SWIFTboy (Ottawa)

Does it matter whether or not I watch MMA Live...live? Do you still get points if I wait until Friday to watch it?

Jon Anik
  (2:13 PM)

Absolutely. What matters to us is a) that you watch it, b) that you give it 5 stars, c) that you watch the entire show (I know that's a lot of Jon Anik, but you can mute me at times if need be), and d) that you enjoy it!

Calvin Beckford (Newport News , VA)

yes it is like for example kenny florian cant stop posting stuff lol

Calvin Beckford (Newport News , VA)

he tells u how he trains and evrything on that twitter

Jon Anik
  (2:13 PM)

Yeah, great insight from fighters on Twitter. A lot of them have personal accounts.

Blake (Kentucky)

whats next for Couture if he gets past Vera...Machida?

Jon Anik
  (2:14 PM)

Yup. I do believe a strong performance against Vera will afford Couture a title shot against the Machida-Rua winner.

Brian (Milwaukee, WI)

Are you guys going out to LA for 104?

Jon Anik
  (2:15 PM)

Unfortunately not. We were hoping to be out there, and even make use of the new ESPN production facility in L.A. Just too many logisitical issues and we couldn't make it happen.

SWIFTboy (Ottawa)

Does a win over Diaz make Maynard the clear-cut number one contender? It seems like the UFC are keeping their options open (for Florian)in case Sanchez beats Penn.

Jon Anik
  (2:15 PM)

Agree with everything you outlined there.

ohitsbigron (Lorton, VA)

when M-1 global's contract with Fedor runs out do you think he'll finally take a shot on the UFC?

Jon Anik
  (2:15 PM)

I don't think so.

Hondo (Boston,MA)

Here's something I've been wondering about for a while: how come Koscheck's KO loss to Thiago hasn't hurt him all that much?

Jon Anik
  (2:17 PM)

It's an interesting topic, Hondo. I actually think it has hurt him a little bit. What works in Koscheck's favor is that he loves to fight often. He's always ready to go, so he's able to pile up wins quickly.

Calvin Beckford (Newport News , VA)

Personally i still feel that Kenny Flo has alot to learn to be in a title shot still

Jon Anik
  (2:18 PM)

That's fair enough. I would agree that he was dominated by BJ Penn, as most lightweights are. I still think Florian is a Top 5 UFC lightweight. He just picked a bad night to be flat.

Ryan CA [via mobile]

We all knew Chuck Liddell's retirement wouldn't last, obviously some time to recover was his overall focus. However, if he does make a return, would Liddell still get top billing or fight as the co-main event?

Jon Anik
  (2:19 PM)

I still think the Liddell name can drive a PPV and he would certainly be on the main card, if not a co-main event.

SWIFTboy (Ottawa)

Kos would be a clear number one contender if it wasn't for that loss, so it definitely hurt him.

Jason (Owosso, MI)

UFC and Spike to counter-program on Nov. 7th.

Jon Anik
  (2:19 PM)

Surprised?

Ryan CA [via mobile]

Ever think we'll see Shinya Aoki or Joachim Hansen apart of the UFC roster in the future?...or even great talent such as Eddie Alvarez or Takanori Gomi?

Jon Anik
  (2:20 PM)

I think Joachim Hansen will be the first of that group to sign with the UFC. Fighting stateside would be a major adjustment for Shinya Aoki, and I'm not sure he'd be as effective in a cage and without those pants!

SWIFTboy (Ottawa)

Pre-emptive thank you for another great week!

Jon Anik
  (2:21 PM)

Pleasure is all on this side of the table.

Jeff (MD)

How much of a chance do you give Hardy against Swick? I personally think Swick is going to shred Hardy like he did Saunders.

Jon Anik
  (2:22 PM)

Count me among those who were surprised at just how easily Swick disposed of Saunders. Hardy is one scrappy dude, and I think he'll put up more of a challenge than Saunders did. But I've been wrong a lot on Swick. And overall, Jeff, you are smarter than me.

Brad (Bristol,CT)

UFC vs the World(Strikeforce,Dream,Bellator,etc.) What an event that would be! Unfortunately, it will never happen. Lots of huge mathcups to test the UFC's medal.

Jon Anik
  (2:23 PM)

Would be awesome: At 155, Penn vs. Alvarez or Aoki. At 170, GSP vs. Shields. At 185, Silva vs. Lombard. At 205, Mousasi vs. Machida. And at heavyweight, Fedor vs. Brock. Sign me up.

Calvin Beckford (Newport News , VA)

Umm i think that will be a major upset because i truly belive hardy will win via armbar in second round on swick

Jon Anik
  (2:23 PM)

Calvin's pick is in with three weeks to spare.

James (State College (PA))

What is your view for the Griffin and Ortiz bout and what could be next for both of the fighters

Jon Anik
  (2:24 PM)

I think a win for Tito Ortiz will give him a huge push and put him within a win or two of a title shot. As for Forrest, I think that brutal loss to the middleweight champion will be hard for him to shake for some time, even if he finishes Ortiz.

Ben (Canada)

Who do you think is the best anylist on the show?

Jon Anik
  (2:25 PM)

Thanks for the question, Ben, but you don't really expect me to answer that, do you? I think they all bring something different to the table. Rashad Evans has been a great addition to the show.

Ryan (Sac, CA) [via mobile]

Do you find it hilarious that a brawler such as Kimbo Slice matching up against the likes of Brock Lesnar in a UFC HW match-up, with enough build-up, could shatter Boxing PPV records, even though we all know he still can't make the adjustment to MMA?

Jon Anik
  (2:26 PM)

You are right that a PPV headlined by Brock and Kimbo would do a monster number. You are even more right that Brock would beat Kimbo after 17 beers.

Jason (Owosso, MI)

If you haven't seen the UFC fights, would you watch them or Strikeforce on Nov. 7th?

Jon Anik
  (2:26 PM)

I'm all about the live MMA.

ohitsbigron (lorton)

Who is your pick for TUF 10?

Jon Anik
  (2:27 PM)

I picked Brendan Schaub at the beginning, so I'm forced to stick with it. But admittedly, I'm not as confident in him now as I was at the outset.

matt (spokane)

perhaps they should have a tournament with Liddell, Franklin, Ortiz and Griffin, in which the winner receives accolades but not a title shot. It's time for new blood.

Jon Anik
  (2:27 PM)

Of those four, I think Ortiz is the only guy who has a real legit shot to fight for a belt again.

Brian (Milwaukee, WI)

Schaefer-Bader, Hardonl-Barry, Okami-Sonnen, who ya got?

Jon Anik
  (2:28 PM)

Bader, but it may not be easy. I like the more experienced Hardonk, as a slightly more technical striker than Barry. And gimme Yawn-shin Okami by UD.

Charlie (Philly)

Jon - you got any picks for Dream 12 this weekend?

Jon Anik
  (2:29 PM)

Just one: Eddie Alvarez big! Kikuno is definitely a good test, though, and Eddie will have to be sharp.

Jason (Los Angeles, CA)

Do people realize Machida's only fought 2 top fighters at LHW, and a questionable Thiago Silva? Why does he get all this "makes many top fighters look average" hype?Shogun mauled Chuck Liddell and Rampage. Two GOATS.

Jon Anik
  (2:30 PM)

Did you order UFC 94 and UFC 98? Watching Machida is a thing of beauty. The manner in which he has defeated his last two opponents is what gives him such momentum and appeal.

alfosno (houston, tx)

any new news on r. huerta

Jon Anik
  (2:31 PM)

No update there. I still think the UFC will make a major play to keep him there. And, while not privy to any inside information, I expect Bellator to make a hard run for Huerta as well.

VB (Denver)

How long before we see a hoard of karate guys getting murdered in MMA thanks to Machida's influence?

Jon Anik
  (2:31 PM)

Hahahahahaha. That's good stuff there.

Brian (Milwaukee, WI)

Apparently Jason didn't see Rashad Evans' get knocked out on his feet against Machida.

Ryan CA [via mobile]

Since we all know that Hendo won't be going anywhere else but the UFC. I say we use our imaginations - If Hendo went to SF, would he become a bigger star than he was in the UFC?

Jon Anik
  (2:33 PM)

Absolutely not. Hendo could be prominently featured twice on CBS cards and he still wouldn't increase his profile as much as he would by re-signing with the UFC. I know people disagree with me on this, but I stand by it.

Jon Anik
  (2:34 PM)

Alright ladies, I gotta bounce. Can't thank you all enough for making this chat what it is. If we didn't get to you here, send your questions to mmalive@espn.com or to me directly on Twitter (Jon_Anik). We'll see you tomorrow on MMA Live. Enjoy UFC 104 and DREAM.12! Until next week, be well and be safe. -JA