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March 24, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Jon Anik

Jon Anik
  (1:01 PM)

Great to be back for another chat here at espn.com. As always, we are overflowing with fight news and gettin' ready for UFC 111. If you haven't joined our MMA Live Pick 'Em game yet, you can do so here: http://games.espn.go.com/mmalive/en/frontpageLet's vent...

Snacks (Bellmore, NY)

Granted, the UFC doesn't want to eliminate anymore title contenders but honestly who could Dos Santos or Cain fight that would benefit them besides each other? Do we really wanna see Kongo rehashed to lose to JDS?

Jon Anik
  (1:06 PM)

The UFC is in a tough position with these two. I think we just need to see exactly how Mir-Carwin plays out before forecasting who is next for both Velasquez and Dos Santos. I would agree that seeing Dos Santos fight Kongo doesn't accomplish much.

Craig (Cincy)

great to see an MMA fantasy game on ESPN. your picks?

Jon Anik
  (1:07 PM)

Yes! We are thrilled that ESPN Fantasy is getting in the MMA game. As for my UFC 111 picks, I will take Dan Hardy, Frank Mir, Thiago Alves, Mark Bocek, and Jake Ellenberger.

Jay K. (Vancouver BC)

Jon Jones vs. The Rampage/Rashad winner?

Jon Anik
  (1:07 PM)

Rashad won't fight Jon Jones b/c they are teammates. I think a Rampage-Jones fight makes some sense, but Rampage will almost assuredly get a title shot if he gets through Evans.

Gene (DC)

Bones Jones is an animal..who is next for this guy and what is it going to take to stop him?

Jon Anik
  (1:08 PM)

He is absolutely ruthless. There is not a 205er in the world right now who I would bet on to beat Jon Jones. Could Machida or Shogun beat Jones? Absolutely. But I wouldn't bet on it. A lot of folks are pining for a Jones-Bader fight. I reckon Bader isn't one of them.

steve (DC)

Answer my email!

Jon Anik
  (1:09 PM)

I did reply, but it was a novel.

Tyler (North Carolina)

Bones Jones vs Bader? Or do you think they want to keep building both up?

Jon Anik
  (1:09 PM)

I'm just not sure you can have Jones face anyone who isn't elite right now. He just hurts dudes.

Demian (Las Vegas)

GSP is gonna shove your pick down your throat lol

Jon Anik
  (1:10 PM)

I'm sure he will. Again, with my life on the line, I wouldn't advocate a play on Hardy. But I really like Dan's approach to the fight (power and strength at the core of his training) and think his chances will only improve if the fight reaches the championship rounds.

Ben (Columbus, OH)

The whole not fighting teamates is such a copout.

Jon Anik
  (1:11 PM)

I tend to agree. And the relationship b/w Evans and Jones isn't comparable to the Evans-Jardine relationship. Jones only recently joined Greg Jackson's camp.

Dan S. (Waukesha, WI)

Have you seen the pic of Bang Ludwigs ankle? Brutal. Any update on him?

Jon Anik
  (1:11 PM)

Haven't seen the pics yet, but I read he'll be out at least six months. He's got a long road to recovery.

Tanner (Milwaukee)

I was really against elbows and knees to a downed fighter until this past Sunday, but I think this rule has to change. There is to much gray area here and I think this needs to be changed. Agreed?

Jon Anik
  (1:13 PM)

I am very much against knees to a downed opponent. They are still legal in Japan, and I just think they are too dangerous to still be applied in MMA. Elbows have their place, and it's rare to see an elbow do as much structural damage as Jones' did to Vera without a cut opening up.

chris (jacksonville)

hey Jon love MMA live & your chat! Being a UFC fan is going to get really expensive are we goiung to get some of these cards on spike or versus instead of PPV

Jon Anik
  (1:13 PM)

It was interesting doing my taxes recently to see that I spent $655.00 on UFC PPVs in 2009. It's definitely one of the inconvenient truths of being a combat sports fan.

Roman (CGY)

Please explain why you are picking HARDY? Are you related?

Jon Anik
  (1:14 PM)

Hahahahahaha. I've gone back and forth on this fight a bunch, and figured why not ride with the underdog. It was amazing at UFC 100 how many people thought Thiago Alves had a great chance against GSP. I wasn't one of them. But Hardy has me convinced that he can make it a dirty fight and shock the world.

Charlie (Philly)

Hardy won't make it out of round 2.

Jon Anik
  (1:15 PM)

That result wouldn't surprise me at all. Hardy is gonna go for broke, and that's what I like about him. Alves never forced the issue and got taken down repeatedly for 25 minutes.

Steven (Linlithgow, Scotland)

Hardy won't need to make it out of round 2 if he knocks GSP out in the first...

Jon Anik
  (1:16 PM)

That is also true.

Jake (Newport Beach)

Your thoughts on Jones fighting the winner of Lil Nog-Forrest next? Thiago Silva?

Jon Anik
  (1:16 PM)

I think the opponent that makes the most sense right now for Jon Jones is Thiago Silva. Not sure Forrest Griffin is the right matchup. I think that one would end quickly.

Charlie (Philly)

How about a pick in the Almeida/Brown fight?

Jon Anik
  (1:17 PM)

Been burned in the past going against Ricardo Almeida. He's a slight favorite against Matt Brown, and I expect Almeida will win by submission or unanimous decision.

Vinod (NYC)

Good call on Bibiano.

Jon Anik
  (1:18 PM)

Thanks. I really like Fernandes' game and would love to see him fight stateside.

Evan (SLC)

Hardy convinced you? Have you been watching Primetime...

Jon Anik
  (1:19 PM)

The primetime show is only a small part of it. Hardy continues to come through as an underdog. Granted, GSP is not Mike Swick or Marcus Davis, but this is a comfortable role for Hardy, and I strongly believe his performance will surprise the naysayers.

Jerry (Texas)

Dont you think Carwin is one good punch from putting Mir on the ground?

Jon Anik
  (1:19 PM)

Carwin's power is definitely a big factor in the fight. I will be watching Mir's footwork closely early on.

David (Ottawa)

Hey Jon, long time reader, never got around to posting until now. Did you happen to see the fight between Barnett and Mighty Mo? Thoughts on Barnett letting Mo take a low blow on him after the fight?

Jon Anik
  (1:20 PM)

Thanks for posting, David. I haven't seen the Barnett fight yet. Shoot me an e-mail to mmalive@espn.com and I will get back to you after I watch it. Sorry.

Zach (NC)

I've read and heard in interviews with Chuck Liddell stating himself that he is evolving his game, and that he still believes he can contend for the title. Your thoughts?

Jon Anik
  (1:21 PM)

Perhaps Liddell is more disciplined now than he has been in the past. But at his age, evolving in MMA is easier said than done. I don't ever expect Liddell to contend again.

Dan S. (Waukesha, WI)

JA you should post a pic of what your side of the chat looks like. Tweet that!

Jon Anik
  (1:21 PM)

Hahaha. You'd be bored. Just some chubby dude in a suit.

Tyler (North Carolina)

Have to throw in one boxing question. Why does everyone hate Wlad Klitschko? I didn't think the Chambers fight was boring, just that he could have ended it earlier.

Jon Anik
  (1:22 PM)

I am not a Klitschko hater at all. I like watching both brothers and agree with your assessment of the fight.

Keiran (Syracuse)

Am I the only one that realized if Benavidez doesn't land the ONE elbow that cut Torres up then he would have never sunk in a guillitone? I normally support elbows but in that caase it ruined the fight.

Jon Anik
  (1:23 PM)

You have a point, but Benavidez was dominating the action. He was the busier and more effective fighter. Generally speaking, I am not a huge fan of elbows b/c they cause terrible cuts and rarely finish fights. Jon Jones' elbow this past weekend is an exception.

Jeff (MD)

More impressive Sunday night....Dos Santos or Jones?

Jon Anik
  (1:24 PM)

Hard to go wrong here, but I'll say Jon Jones. Text me someone beats the guy. I'll be 40.

Travis (Newfoundland)

What's your thoughts on the UFC cutting Eliot Marshall?

Jon Anik
  (1:25 PM)

You know the drill, Travis. There are only so many roster spots, and you gotta win. I still think his future is bright, and his dedication to the sport is evident.

Jason (Ellicott City, MD)

Bones Jones has risen on my favorite fighters top 3 list behind Penn and Mir. Nasty elbow.

Jon Anik
  (1:25 PM)

And I'm sure he's climbed up many other lists as well. Ridiculous elbow. Curious what the right side of Vera's face looks like right about now.

Zach (NC)

But look at Randy

Jon Anik
  (1:26 PM)

Randy Couture is a much different animal than Chuck Liddell.

Tyler (North Carolina)

How's your bracket turning out?

Jon Anik
  (1:26 PM)

Not good, man. At all.

Adam (Long Beach)

You don't like elbows, but have a man crush on Kenny Florian? Please explain...

Jon Anik
  (1:27 PM)

You'd think any Florian fan would promote elbows in MMA. But Kenny knows my take on elbows. And I'm not alone. Both Bellator and Strikeforce have very specific language about elbows. And I understand why.

kilza04 (georgia)

be honest JA my boy dan is going to put gsp to sleep

Jon Anik
  (1:28 PM)

That would certainly shake up the MMA world, wouldn't it?

Baumer (NYC)

Is there a clear story on what happened with Buentello's pinky during the fight? Was it dislocated or what is an equipment issue? Equipment issues get a timeout to be fixed but an injury should not have been stopped.

Jon Anik
  (1:28 PM)

I believe it was a dislocation.

Jason (Ellicott City, MD)

Is Dos Santos #4 on the HW chart now and should he fight the loser of Mir Carwin?

Jon Anik
  (1:29 PM)

Their is a clear Top 5 of UFC heavyweights with Lesnar, Velasquez, Dos Santos, Mir and Carwin. Put them in any order you like. As for Junior's next opponent, he could get the loser of Mir-Carwin, although the UFC traditionally matches up guys who have both won the last time out.

Rachel-MMAHotStuff (San Francisco)

I just left in the middle of a meeting so I could catch today's chat. Love seeing all the Jon Jones talk in the chat today. I'd love to see Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson meet at a catch weight! Can't wait to beat you in the MMA Fantasy game for UFC 111. Your picks are cr-azy.

Jon Anik
  (1:30 PM)

Hahahahahaha. I have one major underdog play on Dan Hardy. But other than that, there is plenty of chalk. I need Mir to get by Carwin, because I think a lot of the experts and fans are backing Shane.

Charlie (Colorado)

Will Fitch beat Alves again? I need to know. I NEED TO KNOW.

Jon Anik
  (1:33 PM)

This fight is impossibly close to call. Thiago Alves hasn't fought in ages, but as long as he dictates the pace, I think he can really damage Fitch. I really have waffled on this one, but am going with Alves. He needs to have a sense of urgency though, b/c Fitch is the master of the unanimous decision.

Mike C. (Portland, Or.)

Is there any way we can talk B.J. into staying at 155? Moving up to a weight class who's champion he can't beat doesn't sound all that entertaining. He has more credible opponents at LW than GSP does at WW, right?

Jon Anik
  (1:34 PM)

I think the intrigue in B.J. Penn at 170 is to see him face the likes of Fitch, Alves, Paulo Thiago and Paul Daley. At 155, I'd like to see him fight Tyson Griffin. Beyond that, there just aren't a lot of names.

Nik (Calgary)

Isn't 45 bucks too much for a WEC card at this point? I'm buying anything Cerrone's on, but I think that's too much for most

Jon Anik
  (1:35 PM)

Aldo-Faber has the potential to be the Fight of the Year. I think the main event alone is worth the price. And I'm really not just saying that. WEC rarely puts on a boring card, never mind a boring fight. If you have two friends, it's $15 apiece.

Jason (Ellicott City, MD)

Motivated Penn at 170 would be able to compete for a WW belt. He did fight Machida and didnt get dominated.

Jon Anik
  (1:37 PM)

I think that's the most important point, that Penn is at a different level motivationally than he was two years ago. You can be sure his preparation for a run at 170 or a third fight with GSP will be much different and better than his prep/training for UFC 94.

Stevie (Long Island)

What do you make of the UFC locked out Sherdog again from being credentialed?

Jon Anik
  (1:38 PM)

Well, it's disappointing for some of my friends in the industry who do a great job for our content partner. But it's really none of my business.

rob (jersey) [via mobile]

Anik. I'll make sure to have some goose for you this weekend! No sense asking my Lion Takeshi question, right? LOL!

Jon Anik
  (1:38 PM)

Who? Unfortunately, I'll be stuck in Bristol for NCAA highlights. Those are the breaks.

Mark (Boston)

Mousasi and King Mo have been talking a lot of smack. your pick for that fight? I hope Mousasi can put him to sleep to shut him up.

Jon Anik
  (1:39 PM)

Too early to offer up a prediction on that fight. All I will say is that King Mo is more ready for this challenge than some are acknowledging. That's not a pick against Mousasi, however.

Jarric ((Kansas))

Whats your take on Strikeforce putting Overeem vs. Rogers for the title? Does this make any sense at all? My take is Overeem will beat Rogers and take the belt hostage for another 2-3 years.

Jon Anik
  (1:40 PM)

I think Brett Rogers has a great chance to knock Overeem out. And that would put Strikeforce in an awfully difficult predicament. I would've stripped Overeem a long time ago.

Rory (Chicago)

Any news on Tyron Woodley? Who do you think strrikeforce will match him up with?

Jon Anik
  (1:41 PM)

Why not have him face someone like Joe Riggs to really see where he stands? I think it's time to take that leap.

Brian (Umass)

Will we ever see Fedor fight a top ten guy again

Jon Anik
  (1:41 PM)

I think you will. But it may not be under the Strikeforce banner.

Mo Stone (Thornhill)

It's not that i don't think that King Mo can win, but if he loses to Mousasi where does he go from there?

Jon Anik
  (1:42 PM)

That's a good point. There aren't a ton of viable options for King Mo at 205. He better win I guess.

G (New York)

Your thoughts on Bader joining the lion's den? I think that was a dumb move

Jon Anik
  (1:42 PM)

Not exactly sure what is going on with some of the Arizona Combat Sports defections.

Richard (Baltimore MA)

Eddie Bravo picked Hardy too. In Bravo's case, he is smoking something. This leads me to wonder what's going on in Bristol break rooms and parking garages.

Jon Anik
  (1:43 PM)

No comment.

Matt (NYC)

Jon - Thanks for these chats, they're awesome. Not that I've been unimpressed with JDS's run, but we haven't seen him fight anyone who wanted to do anything other than standup (his strength). Are you concerned at all about how he'l do against a strong wrestler (Lesnar.Velazquez)? Thanks again.

Jon Anik
  (1:44 PM)

I think that's what we are all waiting to see now, Matt. But even though he doesn't have the wrestling credentials of a Lesnar or Velasquez, he is no slouch on the ground. He trains with Minotauro Nogueira and is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt. I'm sure his takedown defense is strong, even if we haven't seen a ton of examples of him employing it.

Rory (Chicago)

Oddsmakers aren't giving Forrest much of a chance against lil nog. I think he matches up well with him and can grind out a dec. What do you think?

Jon Anik
  (1:45 PM)

That line jumped out to me as well. I think Griffin has a great chance to spring the upset.

Nik (Calgary)

If GSP, BP and Anderson all move up won't we just have the same issue again?

Jon Anik
  (1:46 PM)

Yes, but I think B.J. Penn is really the only guy whose move up is imminent. And the UFC will make sure it doesn't all happen simultaneously to maintain some order.

Jason (Owosso, MI)

What would happen if it rains all day for UFC 112?

Jon Anik
  (1:46 PM)

I'm assuming the Octagon will be covered with a tent, but conditions could definitely be a factor in Abu Dhabi.

Hondo (Boston, MA)

Would a Hardy KO of GSP really shake up the MMA wolrd that much?I mean we saw the same thing happen with Serra.

Jon Anik
  (1:48 PM)

It would b/c this is an entirely different version of GSP. He is a much more complete fighter now. He wasn't in Gatorade and Under Armour commercials back then, nor was he the two-time reigning Canadian Athlete of the Year. GSP is one of the real faces of MMA, and a loss at this point would be a stunner to most.

Cory (Maui)

i thought Gonzaga had a terrible game plan in trying to trade with JDS. He should have attempted more take downs. trading with JDS is about as smart as doing the same thing with Toney.

Jon Anik
  (1:48 PM)

Perhaps he didn't think he could execute the takedowns.

Jason (Owosso, MI)

Will Jake Shields land in the UFC?

Jon Anik
  (1:49 PM)

Yes. One fight left on his Strikeforce deal and I think he will sign with the UFC shortly thereafter.

Jason (Ellicott City, MD)

What are the oddsmakers posting for Griffin running out of the octagon? +250?

Jon Anik
  (1:49 PM)

Didn't see a line on that, but he's +190 in the fight.

Nik (Calgary)

Rossen made a good point in his blog, how could strikeforce not have Shields contract set up to ensure he doesn't leave as the champ??

Jon Anik
  (1:49 PM)

Jake makes a lot of good points.

Steven (Linlithgow, Scotland)

Over/Under: 2 minutes 11 seconds for Mir/Carwin?

Jon Anik
  (1:50 PM)

Over. I would agree that there's a good chance for an early finish. But I expect a feel-out process for at least 90 seconds or so.

Paul (Chicago)

What real relevance does the Fitch-Alves fight have? I mean I like the matchup, but it seems like the loser will still be highly respected and the winner will still be right below GSP - probably not even next in line for another shot at him. Weird.

Jon Anik
  (1:51 PM)

Just an important fight in terms of positioning at 170. The loser will be several fights removed from the title conversation. The winner will be right back in the mix.

Jason (Ellicott City, MD)

Can you run off some of the best BJJ guys in MMA? I know a lot of them have black belts, but who is the best BJJ pound for pound?

Jon Anik
  (1:52 PM)

Demian Maia and Rousimar Palhares are the first two names that come to mind.

Brian (Umass)

Why do you wanna see the Kimbo- Liddell fight all that will prove is chucks more done than we thought. He has nothing to prove against a guy with one legit win

Jon Anik
  (1:53 PM)

That fight wouldn't be about proving something, Brian. It would be about selling tickets and PPVs and making bank. Liddell and Kimbo are two of the top five names in the sport. Not fighters. Names.

MS (Bkln)

Did Sherdog lose their Zuffa press credentials? Why?

Jon Anik
  (1:53 PM)

Yes. Not sure why.

Steven (Linlithgow, Scotland)

Are you expecting fireworks in Fitch/Alves or for it to be a snoozer? I've found 9/1 odds on it being FOTN and am sorely tempted...

Jon Anik
  (1:54 PM)

I think it is incumbent upon Thiago Alves to force the issue and make it an exciting fight. Can't let Fitch get into his comfort zone. And I expect Alves has gotten that message from his camp and will be the aggressor.

Marc (Malden, MA)

Does the success of Jon Jones give the UFC even more reason to keep Anderson Silva at 185? I know Jones is a beast, but I have to think there's no way the UFC wants him fighting the Spider.

Jon Anik
  (1:55 PM)

Perhaps. But Anderson Silva is one of the few guys who I think can actually handle Jones' vicious style and pace. I'm not sure the UFC would be as reluctant to put on that fight as you think.

Rory (Chicago)

Interested in your Ellenberger/Saunders pick. Good wrestler against good muay thai who you got?

Jon Anik
  (1:57 PM)

Ellenberger has really taken advantage of the UFC spotlight thus far. And, even though he's at a huge size and reach advantage here, I think he will beat Saunders. Jake's striking is underrated, and he possesses the power of a much bigger man. Wouldn't be surprised to see Saunders win, but I'm going with Ellenberger.

Brian (Chapel Hill)

Do you think aoki is going to take gilbert's arm or a leg back with him to japan?

Jon Anik
  (1:58 PM)

I think it's a difficult matchup for Melendez. That's as far as I'll go with several weeks remaining before the fight.

Mo Stone (Thornhill)

a Jones Vs. Silva fight =EPIC

Chris (Columbus)

Do you think James Irvin is finished in the UFC after that "performance"??

Jon Anik
  (1:58 PM)

I think so. I wouldn't be in any rush to put him on one of my cards.

Joel (Vancouver)

is there any interest from any of the elite boxers, not washed up has-beens like Toney, to enter MMA? which boxer would have the most success in the UFC?

Jon Anik
  (1:59 PM)

I think most would look at Kermit Cintron, a former JUCO wrestling champion, as the guy with the best chance to find success in MMA. Ricardo Mayorga will make his MMA debut this weekend, but you wouldn't classify him as elite.

Steve (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario)

Hey Jon, any tips for my trip to Vegas for UFC 114 and the fan expo? Anything I shouldn't miss out on while down there?

Jon Anik
  (2:00 PM)

Make sure you stop by the MMA Live booth! As for clubs, hard to go wrong with Tao at The Venetian.

Tom (CO)

Bones Jones! That dude is an animal. Im not even sure Machida could hang with Jones' striking. What do you think?

Jon Anik
  (2:01 PM)

I agree, Tom. I took some heat on Twitter for saying I wasn't sure if any 205er should be favored to beat Jon Jones. I understand, if they fought tomorrow, Machida would be favored. But I would be playing the underdog. If Jon Jones is on, I just don't see him losing to Machida, Shogun, or anyone else.

Dave Sholler (Las Vegas)

Will I see you in Newark JA?

Jon Anik
  (2:02 PM)

Unfortunately not my man. NCAA business calls here at ESPN. Not thrilled about it. Have fun.

Daniel (MPLS)

Jon Anik vs. the twin brother, 3 rounds in a cage. Who wins? And which one is Big Anik and which is Lil' Anik.

Jon Anik
  (2:03 PM)

Right now, I think I would have the edge and might even finish Jason. I hang out with fighters all the time and it rubs off. And, I would be Big in that equation. He calls me Chost. It stands for 'chubby host'.

Tim (Topeka)

Do you think Jamie Varner will ever be in title contention in the UFC??

Jon Anik
  (2:03 PM)

Sure. Provided B.J. Penn moves up to 170 and stays there.

Chip (Delaware)

I need two friends!

Jon Anik
  (2:04 PM)

Hahahaha. If you don't have any friends, being an MMA fan costs a small fortune.

Serge (MTL)

People and you are going a bit over board on Jon Jones. all this talk that he would beat Machida, Shogun or Spider right now is a joke. he is good but not that good. he is very athletic with great potential but his striking game has major holes in it and would get exposed by an elite striker.

Jon Anik
  (2:05 PM)

I respect your opinion and those of others. I just happen to think Jones is further along than you do.

Justin (Wilmington, MA)

I have always wanted to see GSP vs. Anderson Silva, but Silva vs. Bones Jones may have replaced it as the dream fight.

Matt (Champaign, IL)

If you picked Northern Iowa, I'm going with you on the Hardy pick.

Jon Anik
  (2:06 PM)

Interesting. For me, it's still GSP-Anderson Silva b/c of their legacies.

Tyler (North Carolina)

Are you curious to see Bones Jones submission defense? He kept leaving that arm out there, I'm interested to see in what would happen if he got put on his back.

Jon Anik
  (2:06 PM)

Absolutely. I think that's the one part of Jones' game that is still largely unproven.

Steph Drossel (Computer Class)

Jon, aren't your legs sore from running through my dreams all night long? :)

Jon Anik
  (2:07 PM)

Hahahahahahaha. I was wondering why I was draggin' today.

Ashnucks (Creston, BC)

when do you think the card for Vancouver will be announced will tito vs chuck still be on the card and do you think it would be too soon for a Lesnar vs Mir/Carwin winner as co main event?

Jon Anik
  (2:08 PM)

Not sure about Liddell/Ortiz. I think you will get Couture-Franklin as the main event. Just don't think there is any way Brock Lesnar fights in Vancouver. Las Vegas or Boston for Brock.

Brian (Umass)

Yea your all pumped up on Jones because it was three nights ago we've seen all the top of the 205 division destroy people just as easily

Jon Anik
  (2:09 PM)

There is no doubt it is fresh in my mind, and I can't just dismiss that as factor in my optimism. But I've never seen someone finish a fight with an elbow like that. No cut, but shattered three bones.

Cody (NYC)

your pick for fight of the night at UFC 111?

Jon Anik
  (2:09 PM)

GSP-Hardy!

Justin (Riverside CA)

What becomes of Keith Jardine? He's too young to be put in a petting zoo.

Jon Anik
  (2:10 PM)

LOL.

Fred (Hoboken)

You should your bro fill-in for you at the WWL and come down for Sat. night.........how hard voicing highlights be?

Jon Anik
  (2:11 PM)

I get that all the time. He'd probably be better. He majored in musical theatre and the family always thought he would be performing, not me. As for the highlights, it's a lot harder than you think.

Andrew C. (Montgomery)

Jon, Gomi vs Kenny. Call the victory. I say Kenflo, 1st rd., inverted-flying heel hook. What have you got?

Jon Anik
  (2:11 PM)

Florian by second-round submission. Likely a rear-naked choke.

Jay K. (Vancouver BC)

The more the Vancouver card shapes up the less excited I am about it.

Jon Anik
  (2:11 PM)

Just be patient. It'll round out just fine. So much is gonna happen in the next two weeks.

Ryan (Dallas)

Did Vera break his cheek or orbital or something? I haven't heard any news, but his face looked caved in a bit.

Jon Anik
  (2:12 PM)

His manager, Matt Stansell, has acknowledged there was a fracture.

Jordan (New York City)

Jon, after GSP trashes Hardy on Saturday, who is next at 170 for GSP? Any chance UFC can sign Nick Diaz? There has been no press on Diaz whatsoever afer KO'ing Zaromskis?!?!?!?

Jon Anik
  (2:13 PM)

That's one of the major issues when fighting for Strikeforce. Not a lot of promotion before or after the fight. I think the Koscheck-Daley winner will face the GSP-Hardy winner.

Adam (Springfield)

Bones next opponent is most likely Thiago. All of the other top 205'ers are tied up. Machida/Rua, Rampage/Rashad, Griffin/Nog

Jon Anik
  (2:13 PM)

And I think that's the right fight for both guys right now. Best of luck, Thiago.

Tyler (North Carolina)

Is calling MMA fights still something you'd like to do in the future if schedule permits?

Jon Anik
  (2:14 PM)

Absolutely. I've had few thrills in broadcasting like calling MMA fights, and hope to do it again sooner rather than later.

Snacks (Bellmore, NY)

Whose your real pick for this weekend? Shawn Michaels or the Undertaker?

Jon Anik
  (2:14 PM)

No idea who those guys are, Snacks. What's for lunch?

Bradley (Regina SK CAN)

JA, bad day in Regina.. broken down car and whatnot. Your chat bringing me back to life!

Jon Anik
  (2:15 PM)

That's what we're here for.

Cody (NYC)

Vera has "soft" bones in his face, just like his body. I've never seen a body type like his, a flabby anorexic.

Jon Anik
  (2:15 PM)

Last call. Two more questions.

TUF1 (Des Moines Iowa)

Hey JA. Do you frequent any MMA forums and what's in store tomorrow on "the Live".

Jon Anik
  (2:17 PM)

Not a big forum guy. I'm a dedicated reader of several MMA websites, but don't have enough time to read message boards, etc. Tomorrow on MMA Live, Stephan Bonnar is back in Bristol. We will recap UFC on Versus, and preview UFC 111 as well as the Fight Night in North Carolina, which is one week from today. Gonna be a sprint tomorrow.

Dave (Toronto)

There's no way Hardy fights Daley. Theyre teammates (i know its annoying) and an all-brit title fight means no one would care in North America, no offence.

Jon Anik
  (2:17 PM)

Fair enough. But if both guys keep winning, the UFC will force their hands and make them fight.

Brian (Milwaukee, WI)

By 2 you mean 10 right?

Jon Anik
  (2:17 PM)

Yes.

Justin (Riverside CA)

Did you watch Lampley's Bang Bang Bang commentary on Pacman? That dude is alright.

Jon Anik
  (2:18 PM)

Hahahaha. I'm a big Lampley fan. Have interviewed him 10 times or so. Few play-by-play guys get me as amped as Lampley.

Brad (Bristol,CT)

Hey Anik, you try that sandwich bistro across the street from the office yet?

Jon Anik
  (2:19 PM)

Hahahaha. Not yet, but I'm definitely intrigued.

Rachel - MMAHotStuff (San Francisco)

I'll be glad when NCAA BBall is over so we'll have more of your time in MMA. See you at 114 kid!

Jon Anik
  (2:19 PM)

You and me both! Thanks.

Jason (Owosso, MI)

I only have enough money for one of these, which do I chose: My daughter's dance class - training Bjj for 6 months?

Jon Anik
  (2:19 PM)

You're not gonna like my answer. Daughter's dance class.

Evan (SLC)

You don't follow pro wrestling? Sad.

Jon Anik
  (2:20 PM)

There are only so many hours in the week, man. Still gotta get caught up on 24 and Flash Forward! If I'm flipping through the channels on a Monday night and I catch 'Raw', I don't turn away. It definitely keeps my interest, but I'm not a fan per se.

Omar (LA)

who will Lashley fight next?

Jon Anik
  (2:21 PM)

I think it'll be Franklin McNeil.

Chris (New York)

Any chance Brock is ringside for UFC 111?

Jon Anik
  (2:21 PM)

Strong possibility.

Steven (Linlithgow, Scotland)

Can't believe you're complaining about getting to watch March Madness for work, feel free to switch jobs with me any time J.A.

Jon Anik
  (2:21 PM)

Certainly not a complaint. Just would love to attend a UFC PPV that is two hours from my front door. But I do what I'm told.

Love Sauce (Sunny Phoenix az)

So you will be at the MMA live booth at the UFC expo? Ill look for ya for an autograph!

Jon Anik
  (2:22 PM)

We will be there!

Steven (Linlithgow, Scotland)

What would be a bigger upset, Hardy beating GSP, or Jones losing his next fight?

Jon Anik
  (2:22 PM)

Hardy beating GSP.

G (New york)

If Paul Daley keeps knocking people out. People will watch

Jon Anik
  (2:22 PM)

I agree. I think that fight b/w him and Koscheck at UFC 113 has the chance to be insane.

Mike C. (Portland, Or.)

Which celebrity would you most like to see try MMA: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Segal or Chuck Norris? Can we throw Wesley Snipes or Joe Rogan into this and start a mini-celebrity tournament? You can't tell me that Vegas sportsbooks wouldn't be going nuts come fight night.

Jon Anik
  (2:23 PM)

I'd really like to see Rogan have one professional fight. I'm told he's a menace in the gym.

Matt (Champaign, IL)

What's the best day of the year for you, Super Bowl Sunday, first day of March Madness, or a UFC title fight?

Jon Anik
  (2:24 PM)

It used to be the NFL Draft. But now that it's split over three days, that lessens my enthusiasm. Opening Day in Major League Baseball is always a favorite of mine.

Ken (Pittsburgh)

Jake Shields schooled Daley 18 months ago, and now he cant even make the commercial for his own Main Event. I hope Dana gets him.

Jon Anik
  (2:24 PM)

Good point.

Tyler (North Carolina)

Bones Jones, does he eventually move up to HW in 2-3 years?

Jon Anik
  (2:25 PM)

Told us two weeks ago on MMA Live that is not in his immediate plans at all.

TUF1 (Des Moines Iowa)

Just heard Rampage resigned with the UFC for 6 fights. Whatcha think Anik?

Jon Anik
  (2:25 PM)

Trying to confirm today for MMA Live tomorrow. Good news, if true.

Joseph (DC)

Chael Sonnen vs Bones Jones

Jon Anik
  (2:25 PM)

Sonnen is one of the few guys that would probably step up tomorrow and take the fight.

Jason (Owosso, MI)

Herb Dean deserves an award or something!

Jon Anik
  (2:26 PM)

The best ref in the business.

Steven (Linlithgow, Scotland)

When you said 10 you meant 50 right?

Jon Anik
  (2:26 PM)

Hahaha. Two more now. Really.

rob(jersey) [via mobile]

Jon - hope Smokin Joe gets to show off his skills soon. RABJJ in the house. Matt Brown is going DOWN! LOL

Jon Anik
  (2:26 PM)

Yeah, Villasenor has really lost all momentum in this chat. I guess you gotta fight to stay relevant. Good luck to RABJJ and Team Almeida this weekend!

Jackie (VA)

The hype for Jones is quite similar to that of Vera after he beat Mir. Look at Vera now, a never-was.

Jon Anik
  (2:28 PM)

Not sure I'm buying that comparison. That wasn't really a prime Frank Mir that Vera beat. And Jon Jones will be a future UFC champion. Stamp it.

Justin (Riverside CA)

McNeil versus Lashley? McNeil could never make 265.

Jon Anik
  (2:28 PM)

McNeil has actually been cutting weight recently.

Matt (Champaign, IL)

24? 24 is equivalent to Chuck Liddell, legendary in its prime, but no longer worth watching.

Jon Anik
  (2:29 PM)

I would respectfully disagree. Some of the plot lines mirror each other, but I'm still captivated.

Mike C. (Portland, Or.)

Hendo vs. Fedor at some point??? I think Henderson would at least have a decent shot.

Jon Anik
  (2:29 PM)

Don't love the matchup for Hendo, but it's a fight that has some traction internally with Strikeforce and could feasibly happen.

Jon Anik
  (2:31 PM)

Alright, folks. Gotta run. Here once more is the link to our MMA Live Pick 'Em game (http://games.espn.go.com/mmalive/en/frontpage), newly launched for UFC 111. Be sure to join our ESPN MMA Live Experts League to compete against me and the rest of the staff. A complete UFC 111 preview tomorrow on MMA Live. Until next week, be safe. And don't text and drive. -JA