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December 9, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Jon Anik

Jon Anik
  (12:52 PM)

Hey ladies. Great to be back for another SportsNation MMA Live chat here at espn.com. UFC 107 is just three days away, so a lot to get to there. Also talking TUF 10 finale, Hendo to Strikeforce, Ben Askren to Bellator, and anything else that's on your mind. We're here until 2ET, so shoot away...

Brian (Milwaukee, WI)

Carlos Condit out of UFC 108. Which card is more cursed, UFC 106 or 108?

Jon Anik
  (12:53 PM)

Tough call there. UFC 108, on paper, is really starting to show the signs of all of the withdrawals. Only two fights that really pique my interest.

Zorro (Austin)

Why not throw Bones Jones in against Anderson Silva? Wouldn't that sell more PPVs than just about any other matchup short of Brock/Fedor?

Jon Anik
  (12:55 PM)

That's an intriguing matchup, but one that I don't think will happen anytime soon. Also not sure it's as big a PPV draw with casual fans as you may think. Jones still needs some more build-up, and Anderson has never really 'carried' PPVs to giant numbers.

Ryan (Indy)

Will we ever see Rampage fight Rashad?

Jon Anik
  (12:56 PM)

Yes. Rampage is set to return to the UFC, and his first or second fight back will be Rashad Evans. Win or lose, those two will have a date with each other.

Nate (Indiana)

Is Marcus the Darkness done in the UFC?

Jon Anik
  (12:57 PM)

I don't think so, Nate. I think the UFC still sees some value in Marcus. That was disappointing to watch, but Mitrione deserves credit for surviving the early onslaught.

Big Mike (Chicago)

Jon Boy, Are you as happy as I am that TUF season is over? Big disappointment this year. Boring fights!

Jon Anik
  (12:57 PM)

No argument here. I think Roy Nelson is proving to be an entertaining fighter though.

Jason (Owosso, MI)

I dislike Big Country even more after his win.

Jon Anik
  (12:58 PM)

Not the most likable guy, Jason. But he's growing on me a bit.

Dan S. (Waukesha, WI)

JA- Snowday at college = MMA Live chat. Makes my day glorious.

Jon Anik
  (12:58 PM)

That is outstanding. Glad you're spending the snow day with us.

Glen (sydney,ns)

What are your thoughts on Dan Henderson signing with Strikeforce? And do you think he'll get a fight with Fedor?

Jon Anik
  (1:00 PM)

I think it's an obvious move for Strikeforce and it'll give Dan Henderson some overdue attention. Seems to me that Hendo sought respect as much as he did money. I do expect an eventual fight with Fedor. In speaking with Hendo's manager several weeks ago, that fight was high on their list. Not saying it was a prerequisite to signing with Strikeforce, but I do think it happens.

Dan S. (Waukesha, WI)

Reppin the Classic 8 Conference in Southeastern Wisconsin, how does Ben Askren stack up against the rest of Bellator 170 division?

Jon Anik
  (1:00 PM)

Very favorably. I wouldn't be surprised to see him run the table in Season 2 and get a shot at the champion, Lyman Good. I still think Good might be a handful for him, but we'll see.

Jon (DC)

Did Hendo really ask for too much money? I'm sure you have some insider information. Not asking for a $$ amount, but did it seem reasonable?

Jon Anik
  (1:01 PM)

My informed speculation: Strikeforce matched or came close to matching the UFC's previous offer. And Dan was given other assurances (opponents, CBS, etc.) that pushed the Strikeforce deal over the top.

Roman (CGY)

UFC 108 is cursed with injuries. Any chance they cancel the card? It looks terrible and is not PPV worthy.

Jon Anik
  (1:02 PM)

Definitely won't be canceling the New Year's Eve card and I don't think they will put in on for free, either. No doubt the card is hurting, but hey, at least MMA Live will be there, right?

Charlie (Philly)

How about Hazellett stepping in for Condit? Will that pique your interest? Daley v. Dustin?

Jon Anik
  (1:02 PM)

Outstanding fight on paper, and an obvious clash of styles. Hope it comes to fruition.

Big Mike (Chicago)

I pumped for UFC 107!! Your picks please

Jon Anik
  (1:04 PM)

I wanted to pick Diego Sanchez, but it's hard to envision a scenario whereby he finishes BJ Penn. I'll go with Penn by split decision. Expecting a very close, back-and-forth affair. Also backing a much stronger version of Frank Mir against Cheick Kongo. Wouldn't be surprised with a decision there, either. I expect Frank will want to strike a little bit. And I'll take Kenny Florian by unanimous decision. Don't love the matchup for Clay Guida, but we all know he is a warrior. Can't wait for Saturday night.

Josh (South Windsor, CT)

Ben Askren signing with Bellator. You must be pumped. Is he as for real as everyone says?

Jon Anik
  (1:06 PM)

Certainly a top 5-10 prospect in all of MMA. A tremendous addition to Bellator's welterweight ranks. If any division in Bellator needed this type of boost, it was 170. And a few weeks ago, it seemed like a deal with Strikeforce was imminent. Nice job by Bellator there.

Diego Sanchez (San Diego)

YES! YES! YES! YES!

angelo (texas)

wasnt marcus on the show last wk, so does that help prove their is a curse?

Jon Anik
  (1:07 PM)

Not sure what curse you speak of. HA. Should Florian and Mir both lose this weekend, perhaps I would take the MMA Live curse talk seriously.

Finn (Seattle, WA)

Jon Jones... A loss never looked so good. Even when Hammill gets healthy, he can't actually WANT a rematch can he? Who's next for Jones? Jardine? Luis Cane?

Jon Anik
  (1:07 PM)

Yeah, if I'm Matt Hamill, I'm not going near that man again. Jones should fight someone who is coming off a win, regardless of the loss on his record. I think perhaps it could've been ruled a no-contest.

Jon (DC)

Honestly, how do you think the training camp switch with affect Florian ?

Jon Anik
  (1:08 PM)

Postitively. He told me he is really hitting his stride and peaking for December 12th. He's supremely calm, yet focused. I expect big things.

Fedor Street Team (Riverside, CA)

Get Fedor on he will prove theres no curse

Jon Anik
  (1:08 PM)

Hahaha.

page (cali)

when is marquadt vs belfort

Jon Anik
  (1:10 PM)

Not a done deal. If it happens, perhaps at UFC 109. But Marquardt could still fight Chael Sonnen. Stay tuned...

Jason (Owosso, MI)

Jon has never lost an MMA fight, so there is NO CURSE!

Jon Anik
  (1:10 PM)

Exactly.

Peter Lampasona (Oceanside, NY)

It seems to me that Hendo would eat Jake Shields alive. Is there anyone seeing him not swooping in and taking the middleweight title at Strikeforce?

Jon Anik
  (1:11 PM)

I think that was part of Henderson's master plan. Certainly an easier path to the title at 185 than at 205 w/ Mousasi.

Adam (Provo, UT)

Jon, When are you getting that Five Guys sponsorship locked down? And what advantages, if any, do you think Sanchez has over Penn?

Jon Anik
  (1:11 PM)

Not soon enough on Five Guys! As for Diego, I think cardio is an advantage. And Sanchez has as much heart as any MMA fighter I've ever seen.

Fedor Street Team (Riverside, CA)

Did you see Fedor's Snickers commerical? I would love to see you on tv Anik maybe MMA Live on the duce

Jon Anik
  (1:12 PM)

Works for me. Haven't seen Fedor in a Snickers ad. Did that really happen? I gotta watch more TV.

JZ (ATL )

Will Hendo even be a factor in Strickforce? He has lost a step, his last 2 wins over Franklin (some disagree he won) and an overated Bisping and I don't think his slow looking for one punch is gonna work against Mousasi, King Mo or Fedor

Jon Anik
  (1:13 PM)

It's a great question and one that I look forward to having answered. I think Henderson has more than you think in the tank, but Mousasi and Fedor will be huge challenges.

JD (DC)

Who's got next for the winner of Penn/Sanchez?

Jon Anik
  (1:14 PM)

Your guess is as good as mine. Could be Frankie Edgar, could be Gray Maynard, provided he gets by Nate Diaz. Could be Florian if Diego beats BJ. Could be Guida if he is dominant against Kenny. Tons of possibilities.

Mike (Massapequa)

What in the world is the UFC thinking of with Lidell and Tito as coaches on tough. I am not sure I would watch that fight on free tv yet alone a PPV

Jon Anik
  (1:15 PM)

Well, that fight won't headline the PPV, or at least you'd hope not. I'm not excited for Season 11 w/ Chuck and Tito, but if the contestants/fighters are strong, that's all that really matters. Ultimately, I would've liked to have seen them go in another direction. But there just weren't a ton of viable alternatives.

Jason (Ellicott City, MD)

Did UFC peak at UFC 100?

Jon Anik
  (1:16 PM)

I thought it could never get any bigger in terms of a singular event. But once the UFC gets through this injury storm, they'll experience another huge upturn. The appetite for MMA has never been stronger.

jr (cali)

What's the word on Brock Lesnar?

Jon Anik
  (1:16 PM)

Franklin McNeil says he may have lost as many as 50 lbs. Won't be back anytime soon. I would say July 2010 at the earliest, but that's just a guess.

Dan S. (Waukesha, WI)

Are you as sick of hearing about Tiger Woods as I am?

Jon Anik
  (1:17 PM)

Why you bringing him up?!

Steve Mtz (new mex)

Yooo Jonny, do some YES cartwheels for my boy Diego and send some good vibes on sat. A little loco but hes the man

Jon Anik
  (1:17 PM)

I'm a fan as well. Good luck with your guy.

John (Sioux Falls, SD)

JZ must be kidding. Gegard and Jake are both dogs against Hendo. I think the worst thing about him going to Strikeforce is that Gegard is still to young to be thrown to a guy like him and Shields is too small.Can you imagine Shields taking Hendo down? And if he can't, he will take a brutal beating on the feet.

Jon Anik
  (1:18 PM)

I don't think Mousasi would be an underdog against Henderson. Agree with your Shields assessment.

Sammy (Chicago)

If you had gorgeous women throwing them at you every day, wouldnt you give in once or twice?

Jon Anik
  (1:18 PM)

No. Comment.

Ken (Pittsburgh)

I am of the opinion that if anyone can mirror Randy Couture's career and fight into his 40s, it's Dan Henderson. In interviews, he has stated that he plans on fighting well past his 4 signed fights with Strikeforce. Should Hendo beat Fedor, do you think Dana would call him back, with a more liberal offer?

Jon Anik
  (1:19 PM)

I think Hendo closed the book on his UFC career by signing with Strikeforce. Obviously, the UFC didn't value Henderson as much as I thought they should/did.

Nick (West Bend, WI)

If Brock has lost that much weight...Brock at 205 vs Machida! Seriously hope he gets well soon.

Jon Anik
  (1:19 PM)

Hahahahahaha.

Younger (Cali)

When and who is GSP fighting next?

Jon Anik
  (1:19 PM)

Dan Hardy at UFC 111 in New Jersey.

JZ (ATL )

I never said Jake Shields sir, I said Mousasi, King Mo and Fedor will dominate Hendo. Yes Hendo has the tools to tool Shields unless he gets lazy on the ground, cause Shields Ju Jitsu is SICK

Jon Anik
  (1:20 PM)

Gotcha. I just don't think King Mo is a slam dunk to dominate Hendo. Still green and coming of a knee injury.

Andrew C. (Montgomery)

JA, sorry I am late to the party. Is it me or is the UFC seemigly losing steam?

Jon Anik
  (1:21 PM)

It's been a challenging 4-5 months since UFC 100 to say the least. But the UFC is a giant and will respond. 2010 is shaping up to be a banner year, b/c all of the injured guys will return and stack some cards.

Sammy (Chicago)

King Mo dominated Hendo only in interviews and entrances

Drew Fox (Riverside, CA)

Are you disapointed to not see kimbo finsh that fight when he had houston mounted?

Jon Anik
  (1:22 PM)

I was just disappointed overall with both guys in the fight. Kimbo is a great man and his ethic is to be admired. But he looks slow and old to me. Not sure his power is translating right now.

Bradley (Regina SK CAN)

Dan Henderson = UFC Hall of Famer?

Jon Anik
  (1:22 PM)

Initially, you would say yes b/c of his PRIDE resume. But now, I'm not sure it'll happen for him.

Jason (Ellicott City, MD)

Why wasn't Arianny at the TUF finale?

Jon Anik
  (1:23 PM)

I'm not her boyfriend dude. But I did notice her absence.

Dustin Wardle (UT)

For as much as we complain about TUF Season 10 I thought Mitrione, Big Country and even McSweeney looked good. Your thoughts on the futures of Post TUF 10 fighter?

Jon Anik
  (1:24 PM)

There are a handful of guys who can add some depth. Mitrione, Schaub and McSweeney will all be kept around, in my opinion. Also think Marcus Jones will get another fight. And Kimbo may not ever fight against true heavyweights, but that win bought him another two fights, at least.

Brian (Umass)

They should make it the Zuffa HOF include PRIDE and Wec

Andrew C. (Montgomery)

Jon, I understand what you are saying, but with the loss of Hendo and the addition of King Mo, does it not look like SF is challenging the UFC?

Jon Anik
  (1:26 PM)

I just don't see it, Andrew. I love what Strikeforce is doing, and admire the ambition of Scott Coker, and Bellator's Bjorn Rebney, for that matter. But it's not really about challenging the UFC monopoly, in my opinion. It's about co-existing. And I think SF and Bellator have their own business plans and will be successful.

Jason (Ellicott City, MD)

Was Bones Jones on MMA live and I didn't know about it?

Jon Anik
  (1:26 PM)

Nope. I understand the attempt at humor!

P (LA)

when is rashad gonna be on mma live again

Jon Anik
  (1:27 PM)

Two days before UFC 108 when we are in Las Vegas.

Kyle (Chicago)

If Fitch wins again shouldn't he get he next shot to GSP after Hardy?

Jon Anik
  (1:28 PM)

He's only about 16 months removed from his title shot. So, even if I think he's the most worthy challenger, there may be another name or two who gets the shot before Fitch. If Koscheck beats Paulo Thiago, I'd like to see Kos face the Hardy-GSP winner.

Roman (CGY)

Does Lil Nog get a title shot if he beats Vera?

Jon Anik
  (1:28 PM)

He should.

Drew Fox (Riverside, CA)

Did you catch that bj diego interview at the tuf 10 finale. "Ill see you in the middle of the ring diego" sent chills up my spine

Jon Anik
  (1:28 PM)

Have the UFC 107 Countdown on the DVR. Have heard it's pretty electric.

Sammy (Chicago)

Id pay $49.95 to see Joe Rogan vs Jon Anik

Jon Anik
  (1:29 PM)

It'd be a quick victory for Rogan, so perhaps not worth the dough. But I would accept the fight.

Jason (Ellicott City, MD)

I think it would be more fair that Anik faces Mike Goldberg.

Younger (Cali)

I'd pay $4.99

Dan S. (Waukesha, WI)

Anik via flying gogoplata

John (Sioux Falls, SD)

Condits out so who is in against Daley? Do they give him a wrestler like Kos and end Daley's hype or do they give him an opponent that helps build him as a name?

Jon Anik
  (1:30 PM)

Looks like the frontrunner is Dustin Hazelett. Can't confirm that just yet.

Jason (Ellicott City, MD)

What is your favorite submission?

Jon Anik
  (1:30 PM)

Inverted triangle choke or kimura.

Andrew (Temple)

Your p4p ranking is oudated by almost a year somebody is not doing its job Jon.

Jon Anik
  (1:31 PM)

Appreciate the heads-up. Trying to get to as many questions as possible, Andrew. Thanks for writing in.

Kyle (Chicago)

If Maynard wins and does not get a title shot something is going on in the UFC. Who is more qualified for the shot? He beat Edgar and Florian has had 2 title shots in a couple years.

Jon Anik
  (1:32 PM)

I agree with you. But we all know there are more factors than just winning in the UFC.

James (Guam)

Seriously what should be next for Bones Jones? Could he take on Thiago Silva or even Forrest Griffin?

Jon Anik
  (1:32 PM)

I'd like to see him face Thiago Silva.

David (Dallas)

I as big a BJ fan as anyone, but Diego's relentless pace and cardio may be to much for BJ who generally shows up to go about a round and a half.

Jon Anik
  (1:33 PM)

Big question for me is: Did BJ take his preparation as seriously for this fight as he did for the Florian fight? If the answer is 'YES', he will win. No pun intended.

Brian (Milwaukee, WI)

Seems like half of MMA fans don't realize how great BJ is at 155.

Jon Anik
  (1:34 PM)

I'm glad that you got that out there, Brian. So true. Diego has a lot of momentum with the fans right now, but we do sometimes forget just how tough an out BJ is at 155.

Kyle (Chicago)

What is next for Miguel Torres?

Jon Anik
  (1:35 PM)

Could be Mizugaki again. Still to be determined. He is changing some things up with his training and won't fight until the spring of 2010, at the earliest. Miguel will be back in Bristol tomorrow for MMA Live.

Roman (CGY)

BJ by 3rd round RNC.

Erik (Austin, TX)

Hey Jon, what do you think of the rumor that BJ is going to wear an RVCA shirt to the octagon even though it's banned by the UFC? Do you think Dana would actually let him get more than 2 steps out of the dressing room with that on?

Jon Anik
  (1:35 PM)

Hadn't heard that. Should be interesting.

Dan S. (Waukesha, WI)

What's KenFlo getting your for Christmas?

Jon Anik
  (1:36 PM)

I asked for a win over Clay Guida and an Audi A8.

Evan (SLC)

When is MMA Live doing their end of the year awards? And who do you think deserves fighter of the year?

Jon Anik
  (1:36 PM)

We gotta get on that. Fighter of the Year, for me, would probably be Jose Aldo.

Mustard (Toronto)

Condit out...replacement?

Jon Anik
  (1:36 PM)

Dustin Hazelett is the hot name right now.

Drew Fox (Riverside, CA)

CERRONE!!!!

Brian K (Havent been Fired yet...)

Reading the Hendo news, I saw that SF and CBS arent planning anything for another 4 months? Kinda hard to build up momentum from almost 0 again. Esp since the UFC injury bug will have lifted for most by then...

Jon Anik
  (1:38 PM)

If I have one complaint with SF, it's that they don't seem to build on what I would describe as some very appreciable momentum. Not enough people know there is a big card on December 19th. They gotta got back on CBS soon to capitalize.

Mustard (Toronto)

Why stop there Jon, go with the Audi R8 instead. haha

Jon Anik
  (1:38 PM)

Hahaha

Danny (NWA, Arkansas)

Let Hendo walk and bring back Liddell? Let a winning fighter go, and bring back a has-been. What are they doing in the UFC?

Jon Anik
  (1:39 PM)

I wouldn't draw too much of a correlation there. I, too, an surprised they didn't value Hendo higher than they do. But Liddell coming back was an eventuality, and is completely unrelated.

David (Dallas)

Is the WEC underrated as a fighting organization...Seems like there are plenty of fantastic fighters over there that no one has heard of.

Jon Anik
  (1:39 PM)

Sure the WEC is underrated. Too many people aren't aware of the Versus telecasts, or don't get Versus.

Peter B (Tampa)

It seems to me Strikeforce really whiffed on Askren. What's the point of having the Challengers Series if you don't have any top prospects outside of Woodley?

Jon Anik
  (1:39 PM)

Did Strikeforce whiff, or did Bellator just present a better offer?

Brett (Brooklyn NY)

do you see Kimbo moving down to llight heavyweight?

Jon Anik
  (1:40 PM)

I think his next fight will be at 215 once again. But yes, eventually, his future in the UFC, however long, will be at 205.

Alex (New Jersey)

Hello JA, I'm a complete fanboy of the show.Question! What is your opinion of Alexander's performance? Why was he so unwilling to exchange. There's a big difference between circling your oponent and not wanting to trade leather.

Jon Anik
  (1:40 PM)

Thanks, Alex. I could've done what Houston did. Totally unimpressed with that effort.

Jon (NYC)

Jon, QUIT DUCKING ME!!! You have to admit that the cards the UFC has been putting on of late, have been attrocious and not PPV worthy. As a fan, I hope they don't continue there greedy ways, and start offering more shows for free. This weekend is a great card, and i will be ordering but most fans I've talked to haven't ordered since UFC 101. Thoughts if you think the uFC needs a network deal, because it's obvious it has lost some steam in the 2nd half of 2009?

Jon Anik
  (1:42 PM)

A lot of the chatters today share that sentiment. It's been a rough stretch, but the injuries have played a huge, huge role in it. Even when PPVs are lackluster, they are still doing 300,000+ buys. If people keep buying, it's hard to envision more free shows. All of that said, a network deals seems overdue. But it's gotta be the right deal, which evidently hasn't materialized.

Kyle (Chicago)

Isn't Vera a step down for Little Nog after destorying Cane?

Jon Anik
  (1:43 PM)

I thought Lil' Nog would get someone who is coming off of a win. But Vera is still a good challenge, and I really like the matchup on paper.

Tim (cincinnati)

How does a Rampage vs Kimbo fight sound down the line?? I bet that would sell a few PPVs

Jon Anik
  (1:43 PM)

Sell a few PPVS? For sure. But it won't happen. Way, way, way too big a mismatch. Two Kimbos couldn't beat Rampage.

Paul (Los Angeles)

I'm excited for this weekend, We FINALLY get a PPV worthy show.(It's been awhile) Curious on who you think out of the main 3 fights, has the best shot at pulling off the upset?

Jon Anik
  (1:44 PM)

So difficult to say. I think if Mir stands and trades with Kongo, he could be in danger. Also think if Diego can get into the championship rounds, he might be able to wear Penn down.

Scott (Oregon)

Rampage vs. Kimbo sounds like Octagonicide

Jon Anik
  (1:44 PM)

Hahahahaha.

Roman (CGY)

Who wins between Big Nog and Cain? Great fight on paper

Jon Anik
  (1:44 PM)

Cain Velasquez.

Drew Fox (Riverside, CA)

Does it seem like Jamie Varner is the most disliked fighter in the mma universe the man gets BOOOOOed everytime he's showed

Jon Anik
  (1:45 PM)

Not a fan favorite. Tito may have more haters.

John (Victoria BC)

What next for Big Country? Loser of Mir/Kongo? Dos Santos?

Jon Anik
  (1:45 PM)

Those all sound like legitimate possibilities.

Matt (NYC)

So Roy won TUF. Do you think he gets a Top 10 HW matchup right away or will thye try to build him up like they do with most TUF champs?

Jon Anik
  (1:45 PM)

Top 10 HW matchup right away.

John (Sioux Falls, SD)

Can Mir take Kongo down?

Jon Anik
  (1:46 PM)

With ease...unless Kongo has completely remade himself since UFC 99.

Drew Fox (Riverside, CA)

More to my point last week that Cerrone is catching Uriajh in the fan department

Jon Anik
  (1:47 PM)

Cerrone has a ton of buzz and even more ability. But Urijah has a huge head start with his fan base, and Faber appeals to a mass audience.

Bradley (Regina SK CAN)

Did you watch the K-1 Finals?

Jon Anik
  (1:47 PM)

Yes sir. Fun to see Badr Hari knock Overeem down a couple times.

Lance (Jersey!!)

Mir should and will get dominated!!!! at least i hope so

Jon Anik
  (1:47 PM)

Lance is on the record.

jr (whittier, cali)

Is Miguel Torres hurt? or why is he waiting so long to fight again?

Jon Anik
  (1:47 PM)

Nope. Just regrouping.

JD (DC)

Which current champion would have the best shot at dominating at another weight class?

Jon Anik
  (1:48 PM)

Perhaps Jose Aldo.

Roman (CGY)

Dana White brought Yvel into the UFC so that he can kill Mazagatti.

Jon Anik
  (1:48 PM)

HA!

John (Sioux Falls, SD)

Velasquez, Dos Santos, Carwin? Rate them (I like them in that order).

Jon Anik
  (1:48 PM)

I concur.

Drew Fox (Riverside, CA)

Well do you see cerrone putting on a show to narrow the gap when he faces of with ed ratcliff

Jon Anik
  (1:49 PM)

Yes I do. No disrespect to Ratcliff, but Cerrone is so dynamic and versatile. He needs a showcase bout and I think the one later this month will be it.

Jason (Bmore)

The fedor RVCA shirt is pretty sweet.

Jon Anik
  (1:49 PM)

Yeah it is. Thought long and hard about ordering one of them. But I'm buying a house and need to pick and choose what I blow money on now.

Snacks (Bellmore, NY)

So if Roy Nelson enters to "Fat" would you and your self-depricating humor enter to "Short People" if you were a fighter?

Jon Anik
  (1:50 PM)

Dude not funny. I'm 5'9". Beat it.

Kyle (Chicago)

If Rashad wins who do you think is next for him? Rampage?

Jon Anik
  (1:50 PM)

Win or lose, it'll be Page.

Roman (CGY)

Badr Hari should start training his wrestling and take down defence and get into MMA. he is only 25 and could be the next Cro Cop in his prime.

Jon Anik
  (1:50 PM)

I agree.

ACCBiggz (Portsmouth, Ohio)

2nd week in a row I remembered, but this time... electric was knocked out right before 1:00 due to the high winds. Cursed.

Jon Anik
  (1:51 PM)

You are a loyal dude, ACCBiggz.

Wes (Tallahassee Fl)

Is there really a chance Hendo could face Fedor?Who do you think would win?

Jon Anik
  (1:51 PM)

A great chance to happen. I like Fedor in the fight.

Brian K (Havent been Fired yet...)

" I wish I was a little bit taller"- Skeelo?

Jon Anik
  (1:51 PM)

Definitely gonna put the chair up a notch or two tomorrow on MMA Live.

Drew Fox (Riverside, CA)

Ur buying a house??? who would u rather have as a negihbor Big country or Junnie Browwing

Jon Anik
  (1:52 PM)

You guys have some quick wit. Please keep Junie Browning out of my neighborhood. And Huge Country and I both have a passion for fast food, so that would be fun.

CB (KY)

Do you think Matt Mitrione has a future in the UFC? He looked like a decent striker.

Jon Anik
  (1:53 PM)

Decent striker; likes to play mind games. Seems to have made some strides since TUF. Curious just how committed he is to being great.

Matt (NYC)

Frankie Edgar beat another can and now he wants a title shot. Who do you see him gettign next?

Jon Anik
  (1:53 PM)

Matt Veach a can? I think that's a bit strong. Veach was undefeated and was slamming Edgar all over the canvas. I continue to be quite impressed with Edgar. He should fight one of the four guys who are competing at UFC 107 next.

Vinod (NYC)

Is Rashad-Silva really a main event? Honestly, I don't think I'm going to be buying UFCs for a couple of months after this weekend.

Jon Anik
  (1:55 PM)

That is the main event. It's a byproduct of a lot of injuries and circumstances. Great No. 2 fight on a card, but not necessarily your prototypical main event.

Roman (CGY)

Big Country v Carwin?

Jon Anik
  (1:55 PM)

I'm intrigued by that, but Carwin is better-served waiting for Brock, or the Velasquez-Nog winner.

G (bronx)

Jon jones doesn't defend his chin at all. Is he going to get taken out before he keeps his hands up

Jon Anik
  (1:56 PM)

I think Jones may eventually get a wake-up call from one of the elite 205ers. But it hasn't happened yet, and he continues to improve and gain experience.

Jason (Owosso, MI)

If Chuck could dance with the Stars, can Huge Country be the next Biggest Loser?

Jon Anik
  (1:56 PM)

Not enough weight to lose.

Mike (San Diego)

SHORT AND FAT, Jon you have to head in to the cage with the OOOMPA LUMPA song blaring out of the speakers!

Jon Anik
  (1:57 PM)

Mike that is so far below the belt. I weigh 161 lbs. I know I got a fat face. But y'all are ruthless.

Jason (Owosso, MI)

JA -what's your favorite Christmas movie?

Jon Anik
  (1:57 PM)

Elf. Gets me every time.

Angie (Austin, TX)

Jon, I hate to be mean, but what about the OOOMPA LUMPA song from Willy Wonka for your entrance song?

Jon Anik
  (1:57 PM)

You are absolutely killing me Angie.

Pdawg (Chi-town)

who gets the most ladies on MMA Live?

Jon Anik
  (1:58 PM)

Franklin McNeil. Wish I could share some of the stories.

Kyle (Chicago)

Best city besides Vegas to see an MMA event in?

Jon Anik
  (1:58 PM)

I've heard Montreal is off the chain.

Steve Dave ((AZ))

Jon, do you get more heat here or at home from the woman?

Jon Anik
  (1:59 PM)

Far and away in the chat room. The lady leaves me alone.

Jason (Owosso, MI)

does the city actually matter when you're sitting inside an arena?

Jon Anik
  (1:59 PM)

Fans in different cities definitely have different volumes and attitudes.

Brian K (Havent been Fired yet...)

161? Jon you are a man...its 160 or 165

Jon Anik
  (1:59 PM)

I would fight at 135.

Marc (Malden, MA)

Can't wait for the UFC in Boston. At the TD Bank Garden, would Loge section be the best seats? Bottom, middle, top?

Jon Anik
  (2:00 PM)

I would say the Loge section, or the club suites.

Kyle (Chicago)

How did you get into broadcasting?

Jon Anik
  (2:01 PM)

Long story. Began in print, then radio. Hit me up on Twitter (Jon_Anik) or at jon.a.anik@espn.com for a longer answer.

Younger (Cali)

Are you a Bruce Lee fan? Do you think the guy could have been an elite MMA fighter with training?

Jon Anik
  (2:01 PM)

Hate Bruce Lee.

Jon Anik
  (2:01 PM)

...just kidding. I am a fan and would've obviously loved to have seen him compete in MMA.

Brian (Milwaukee, WI)

135? Anik-Torres fight!!!! Over/under: 5 seconds?

Jon Anik
  (2:02 PM)

Over. I can run around for a little bit.

sammy (chicago)

how do you feel about the yankees getting granderson?

Jon Anik
  (2:02 PM)

Granderson is a stud. I own his Tigers player T. Not thrilled as a Red Sox fan.

Scott (Oregon)

I see Jon scaling the fence...

Mike (San Diego)

161 is fat when you are 5'2"

Jon Anik
  (2:03 PM)

Get back to work bro.

The-Scooch (NYC)

Will UFC blink with moving 111 because of the March 13th annoucement of Floyd vs. Manny? Or are we going to have a head to head on PPV?

Jon Anik
  (2:03 PM)

No chance the UFC puts a PPV up against Mayweather-Pacquiao.

Dan S. (Waukesha, WI)

We can't do a chat w/o an Anderson Silva mention. Any word on his recovery or his next fight?

Jon Anik
  (2:03 PM)

It'll be either Belfort or Marquardt once his elbow gets healthy. May not be until June.

Kyle (Chicago)

Have you also heard Pac wants to fight Mosley now too?

Jon Anik
  (2:04 PM)

Hadn't heard that, but would like to see it.

Kyle (Chicago)

Have you heard Mayweather say he is going to KO Pac?

Jon Anik
  (2:04 PM)

I doubt it.

Dre (Atl)

Whats the point of signing Renzo Gracie?

Jon Anik
  (2:05 PM)

UFC's philosophy is you can never have too many legends under contract. Oh wait, Hendo's gone. In all seriousness, Renzo is the nicest guy in the sport and I'm excited to see him in the UFC again.

alfonso (h-town, tx)

any chance you get dana here on chat!!

Jon Anik
  (2:05 PM)

We gotta get him back on MMA Live first man!

Snapple Cap (My Desk)

Ketchup was once sold as a medicine. You're welcome.

Jon Anik
  (2:05 PM)

Snapple Cap gettin' in at the buzzer...

Drew Fox (Riverside, CA)

Staying a lil late today anik MMA live better not suffer

Jon Anik
  (2:06 PM)

A few more questions, and then my focus will be on the Live.

Hondo (Boston, MA)

Iy is much more likely that Pacquio KOs Mayweather than the other way around.

Jon Anik
  (2:06 PM)

I would agree. I will be pulling hard for Floyd, but I'm nervous.

alfonso (h-town, tx)

shut up drew fox, GAWWD!!

Johnny (Minneapolis)

You ever gonna get BJ into the MMA live studio?

Jon Anik
  (2:07 PM)

It really was great getting a chance to talk to him after UFC 101. He was able to exhale and was in such a good place mentally. Getting him via satellite is more likely than getting him to Bristol, but I will forward the request. Also hoping to have GSP at ESPN sooner rather than later.

mitch (Virginia)

whos on the live tomorrow?

Jon Anik
  (2:08 PM)

Miguel Torres. Perhaps Dan Henderson. Perhaps Ben Askren. Still fluid at this point, but the mullet man will definitely be in-studio.

Tyler (North Carolina)

If you get BJ on MMA live, make sure to invite GSP the same day.

Jon Anik
  (2:08 PM)

Obviously.

Roman (CGY)

How can you pull for Floyd? I can't wait to see Pacman KO him to shut his big mouth.

Jon Anik
  (2:09 PM)

B/c I got to know Mayweather on a personal level back in 2006, and there really is a good guy in there. Also have a huge appreciation for his greatness.

Peter Lampasona (Oceanside, NY)

Jon Anik might be the only person in the world who actually pulls for Mayweather. I actively try to like defensive boxers for their ability but he has the single most grating personality in sports.

Jon Anik
  (2:09 PM)

Part of his personality is contrived...to sell fights.

Dan S. (Waukesha, WI)

CHristmas week marathon chat?

Jon Anik
  (2:09 PM)

Perhaps. Not sure how the calendar will line up.

Stephen (England)

If you get BJ on, make sure to put away the treadmills, he hates 'em!

Tyler (North Carolina)

Still think the Patriots are going to make to the playoffs?

Jon Anik
  (2:10 PM)

Yes. And if Brady removes his head from his rear end, they may actually get all the way to AFC title game. They just gotta get in the dance.

Tyler (North Carolina)

Any update on a Bellator season one DVD?

Jon Anik
  (2:11 PM)

Nothing yet, T. They are so busy with fighter signings and Season 2 preparations.

Kyle (Chicago)

If Big Country lost weight couldnt he make 205? He would be tough at 205.

Jon Anik
  (2:11 PM)

No chance. Stomach weighs 105.

nichols (nyc)

you love it, I love it, but let's be honest, MMA is kind of the flavor of the week. I will watch it, but it's already starting to die down. UFC is floundering, TUF stinks, they aren't making any new stars organically, bad economy, I think UFC and MMA is already on the decline.

Jon Anik
  (2:12 PM)

Not enough time to voice my entire disagreement. But it's the most compelling sport in the world. Anything can happen at any moment, and you just can't turn away from it. The appetite for MMA has never been bigger or more ravenous. The networks (CBS and NBC) getting into the fray supports the argument.

Kyle (Chicago)

Hottest ring girl you have seen?

Jon Anik
  (2:13 PM)

Celeste, Arianny. Is there another answer?

The-Scooch (NYC)

Decline? Have you seen the business MMA does internationally?

Roman (CGY)

TUF is hurting the UFC brand. The last 3-4 seasons have been an brutal.

Jon Anik
  (2:14 PM)

I think that is a fair point in some part, Ramon. TUF doesn't tell the whole story but, for a lot of fans, it serves as their indoctrination into Mixed martial arts.

Snacks (Bellmore, NY)

Why are people so negative on mma and ufc? Not all cards can be great ones...The Super Bowl often sucks but its not scripted so there is no control over it....people said ufc was on the decline when Randy left and its worlds above where it was at that time

Jon Anik
  (2:14 PM)

Just wanted to get that opinion out there. Certainly a lot of venom today from the Nation.

Matt H (Phx, AZ)

Jon, when you said, "Hate Bruce Lee."...I almost shut off my computer until I scrolled down! PPHHHEEWW!

Jon Anik
  (2:15 PM)

Hahahahahaha. Let that one breathe for a little bit.

Brian (Umass)

Not a lot of florian talk. saving it for tomorrow?

Jon Anik
  (2:16 PM)

Haha. You're right. Can't wait for Kenny's fight on Saturday. And excited to break it all down tomorrow on MMA Live.

Jon Anik
  (2:17 PM)

Alright, folks. Great volume of submissions today. Would love to sit here all day, but business calls. I hope to see you right back here tomorrow for MMA Live. Until next week, enjoy UFC 107. Be well and drive safely. -JA