Good day! Thrilled to be chatting with you all for the next hour. Let's talk WEC, Tito Ortiz, Mayweather-Mosley, and anything else that's on your mind. Fire away...
Please help me settle the debate with a friend of mine that Aldo would not be a top 3 ufc 155er
It's hard to say, David. Far be it from any of us to doubt Aldo, given what we have seen. But right now, forced to give an answer, I wouldn't go that far.
Hey Chost, please tell me the rumors of Jason MacDonald being added to 113 are true? Always felt he got a raw deal.
As far as I know the reports are accurate.
Jonny Boy, fight of the year coming up this weekend. I think Mosley's gonna put Floyd in some early trouble until Money adapts and outboxes Shane for the W. How do ya have it
I think Mosley will have to get some things done early to have any shot at all. He needs to make it a dirty fight. Not advocating head butts, but he's gotta box a little dirty. I think Mayweather is gonna show everyone his greatness on Saturday night. Could be a clinic. Thrilled to be in the building. Leaving after MMA Live shoot tomorrow.
Who gets the Toney fight?
Haven't been able to confirm that it will be Randy Couture. But where there is smoke...
hey chost. how would see see bones jones doing with anderson silva at 205?
It would be a great fight. I would still favor Anderson Silva because of the experience and overall speed. But Jones would hold his own more than most.
JA What's next for Faber after his tough loss to Aldo?
I don't think he's gonna drop down to 135. I think that is easier said than done. Maybe a third fight against Mike Brown? I'd like to see it, and I think Faber would win. Urijah will be fine. He's a huge draw and a huge star. Get better!
Korean Zombie vs Garcia was Fight of the Year so far. Who did you think won that fight?
I think the Korean Zombie definitely won the fight and got absolutely hosed. Still don't think it will hold up as the Fight of the Year. Not technical enough to capture that honor. But wildly entertaining nonetheless.
Any word on the buys for Aldo vs Faber PPV? I thought it was a great card. Hopefully people bought it.
Early indications are it did between 150,000 and 200,000 buys. That would mean it was a resounding success.
what are your thoughts on the recent Tito Ortiz arrest?
Still in the process of fact-collecting and trying to analyze what is out there. I'd prefer to give Ortiz the benefit of the doubt. Not only is he innocent until proven guilty, but he just doesn't strike me as the woman-hitting type. He has his flaws for sure, but there is a good heart in there, as evidenced by how much he cares about the fighters on TUF reality show.
who is your favorite to win ultimate fighter?
I'm starting to think Jamie Yager has a real shot. He has been careful not to show us anything yet, and is one of the few guys who looks to me to be a true middleweight.
What's happening Chost?? I really thought Randy had too much pride to fight Toney!!! Do you believe Randy is at a point where he will just fight anyone Dana puts in front of him??
Hey Kate! Good to have you back in the chat room. I think Couture would like the opportunity to step up and make a statement that pro boxers can't just step into the Octagon and find success. Couture's base salary is huge, so if I were him, at his age, I would want to fight as often as possible. He just better not lose!
what did you think of jake shields sitting next to dana white at the wec ppv
I think it's a slam dunk that Shields ends up in the UFC. Perhaps a bit surprised to see him with Dana White so soon after his last contracted Strikeforce fight. But not shocked at all.
You believe Tito?
Right now, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt. From the videos and statements I've seen and read thus far, Jenna Jameson does not appear to be of clean mind. I really hope the truth comes out. Expect a full dissection tomorrow on MMA Live.
is kenny going to fight maynard, i hope so, i want to see someone beat maynard!
Yes. Kenny has already signed the contract. Not sure if Maynard has or not. Gray is going to Mayweather-Mosley this weekend, so maybe I will trip him. I mean ask him.
i thought this was smashville!!!!!!!!!!!! am i getting my jake shields rematch???????
Not happening, nor do most people think you deserve it.
We're having problems viewing the chat. R U still here?
I'm here son. Sorry about any technical difficulties. Are others struggling as well?
lesnar carwin who you got early
Brock. He's now working with Florian's boxing coach Peter Welch. And early progress reports are strong.
Keep hatin Anik, after I put these thangs on Mitrione I'm coming to Bristol to make you a........DONE-DADA!
Hey Jon - with Bellator starting their MW tourney this week, do any of these competitors stand a chance against your boy Hector?
Since I'm no longer calling the fights, I'm not as familiar with the field as I should be. But 185 is not nearly as strong as 170, and I think Lombard will be heavily favored to keep the Bellator gold.
How does Angelo (Texmex) get in twice in 3 answers?
I just try to post as many questions and answers as quickly and accurately as possible. Try to mix it up as best I can.
i can see you loud and clear cutie
Good to hear. Thanks, shortcake.
Ruby Tuesday's friday night i got a beer waitin for you lol
I'll be in Vegas dude. Rain check.
big Jake Shields fan. do you think he gets an immediate title shot or not. I personally dont believe he should get one. He should have to fight a koshcheck or alves first. What do you think?
I would make him have one fight before getting a title shot. But there is some risk there. Should he lose to Alves or Fitch (a distinct possibility), you won't be able to set up a fight with GSP anytime soon.
If the UFC really wanted to give Anderson Silva a good showcase, it would have to be at ufc 118 in boston. Suburbs like Framingham, MA have the largest concentrations of Brazilians outside of Brazil.
Great point. I'm sure the UFC considered that, but it just made more sense to them to have him fight at 117.
Who do you like in the Belcher/Cote fight? Where does the winner fit in the division
I like Belcher. I think it's asking a lot of Cote to come back against Belcher, who I believe to be a future contender, if not a present one at 185. He's in the right division to get a title shot at some point soon.
Given Hornbuckle's last few matches (including the Gono fight) do you see him having a chance to win his weight tourney? The belt?
Absolutely. I think the Bellator brass sees Hornbuckle as the favorite to emerge from Season 2. I still think Lyman Good might be better than everyone thinks, and will beat whoever emerges as his challenger.
Thoughts on the UFC throwing Anderson right back into a main event...Makes the Dana rant look a little disingenuous
He's the middleweight champion and widely regarded as the best P4P fighter in the world. Not sure what else you can do. Dana said what he said, but I thought it was an empty threat and said as much at the time.
Do you agree with Dana White saying that personal problems were the likely cause of Brown?s poor performance agaisnt Gamburyan?
Jake Shields was the source there, and Dana just reiterated what Shields told him. Nice that Brown refused to make excuses. And I'm not sure a completely perfect training camp without distractions would've meant a different result. Gamburyan looks the part at 145.
Chael Sonnen = the best smack talker in sports! who you got?
Floyd Mayweather and Frank Mir are also in that conversation. Koscheck entertains me as well.
FYI Chost, Tim Tebow was drafted before Arthur Jones. You had predicted Jones would definitely be drafted before Tebow.
Horrific projection from me. I am no Kiper. But I'm glad my team didn't go after Tebow. Just don't see him as a long-term solution at QB.
Will the UFC completely takeover the WEC?
I don't think so, b/c there aren't enough UFC shows to keep all of the bantam and featherweights busy. But I do expect the elite 155ers to cross over. Just can't tell you when.
Have you made a decision on Machida-Shogun yet? Why does it seem that I am the only one who found their first fight to be a little short on action?
I like Machida in the rematch. I know Rua says he's got a few tricks up his sleeve, but I'm not sure he can fight Lyoto any better than he did back in October.
Any issue with the 'Royce Gracie was on steroids' talk that is going around? Whats your take J.A.?
Haven't really immersed myself in that, Jarric. But nothing surprises me when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs. All I can tell you is that Florian is clean. And so is Mayweather.
It's scary that Aldo is only 23. What can he do to not pull a Tito/W. Silva and be done by age 30 (or so)? Less fights?
Avoid wars and getting hit.
Are you going to get the new UFC Undisputed 2010 game?
No. I bought the 2009 version. Played it once, and my girlfriend grounded-and-pounded the **** out of me. I am not good at video games.
Will the UFC Pick Em' be back for 113?!?
I hope so man. No word yet. I've been vocal about it and I know y'all want it to return. So do I.
whats up JA what u think of smooth ben
Clearly, I have underrated Ben Henderson. I still think he would have his hands full in the UFC, but submitting Cerrone---and that quickly---is a feat.
Hey Jon! Can Frank Mir recover from the Carwin loss and get back in the title picture? Will he EVER be able to beat guys that are that big and strong?
Good question. Mir has definitely struggled with bigger/stronger opponents, and that could very well continue. I hope not.
The chat is fixed, great news. Even a car accident didn't stop me from making it today.
You are the old reliable. Hope you and the car are okay.
Garcia/Jung was the best fight you have watched since ___________? Keep up the good work.
Thanks, Robin. Best fight I've seen since Munoz-Grove at UFC 112. I still might put Lawler-Manhoef as my Fight of the Year to this point. Sick comeback.
How many tickets do you think will be sold for UFC on versus 2, in S.L.C.?
Plenty. Not sure about the venue, etc., but the UFC sells everywhere.
Long time listener, first time caller. Gamburyan looked awesome v. Brown. Is he next in line to for Aldo. I think it's an interesting match up.
Thanks, RMan. I do believe Gamburyan will get the next title shot. And I think it's deserved. As a former lightweight, it'll be interesting to see if he fares any better than everyone else.
If shields does not fight GSP next, then do you think paulo thiago gets the nod if he beats kampmann?
The title shot will likely go to the Koscheck-Daley winner. But y'all know I am bullish on Paulo Thiago. His time will come.
A Dream Realized: MMA Live on TV. Any news/rumors on a podcast?
Very exciting! Pretty cool being able to set the DVR and having MMA Live come up! I've tried to push the podcast, but have encountered a little resistance. Haven't given up yet.
Who wins - Aldo or Benson?
Jon - Jacare v. Smokin' Joe is official for May 15th. 3 weeks is awfully short notice. Are these SF fighters getting more notice and the official announcement is just coming late? Don't like Smokin' Joe's chance after the long layoff.
Yes Chuck, the fighters got more notice than that. Fight has been rumored for several weeks. And I think the layoff is the least of Villasenor's issues. I just don't think it's a good matchup for him. Smokin' Joe is well-rounded. I just don't believe he's elite at any one discipline.
who whould you like to see next for jon jones?
The winner or loser of Rampage-Rashad.
JA, can u feel the buzz yet in Vegas for the big fight? And do you think that UFC can make any fight as big as a Mayweather/Mosley winner vs Pacquiao?
I can't feel the buzz yet because I'm still in Bristol. But I'm sure it'll be crazy. Lesnar-Carwin could approach 1.5-2M PPV buys, but Mayweather-Pacquiao is almost guaranteed to do that many. So I'll say no.
Who you got in the Kos v Daley fight?
I'll give you an official pick in the chat next week. Right now, the lean is towards Koscheck.
Whats up johnny? Never any love for my barncat questions? Do you see mcrorey fighting in the ufc again?
Hey Howard. Haven't seen your questions. They come in fast and furious, so I only see 15 or so at one time. I think McCrory could conceivably return to the Octagon. He's exciting enough. And his length is an advantage over almost anyone at 170.
I think I am going to start the rumours now that you and Kenny have broken up and you are now dating Jason (Owosso, MI). That dude gets all of his questions posted.
LOL. He must have good timing, b/c I don't play favorites in here. Except with the ladies. Maybe you should use a woman's name.
Just saw a :30 trailer for the Rampage v. Rashad fight. Cannot wait for that one!
Right. There. With. Ya.
JA who would win in a 4 man open weight tournament, Fedor, Lesner, Carwin, Anderson?
You tell me! I have no idea. Fedor maybe?
With MMA Live going to the Deuce will it be still available on ESPN.com for us at work?
Absolutely. We will continue to do a longer version for ESPNUK, ESPN PacRim and ESPN.com.
Would you pick Anderson Silva over Mir?
Would really be intrigued by that fight. And yes, I think Silva's striking would prevail.
Okay so this should be enough to get posted, right?
You know it.
What did you make of the fact that there was almost no mention or notice of the WEC brand on Saturday? Seemed like a great opportunity to promote the product, and instead it just came across as the UFC presents the lightweights
It was strange, for sure. But Dana White has said it had to do with TV arrangements, and was not done to shun the WEC brand. Still, it seemed like a wasted opportunity to a lot of us, even if Zuffa's hands were tied.
How would you think Kevin Durant would fare as a fighter? Guy has a 7'5" wingspan!
Must get stronger. He also doesn't strike me as a freakishly gifted athlete. One of the best basketball players in the world, but not necessarily all that physically gifted from an MMA standpoint.
Where would you slot Ben Henderson in the UFC? Is he top 5, or just on the outside? I can't see how he'd be considered any worse than top 10.
Top 10. Not top 5.
Do you think Urijah Faber is on the downhill of his career?
No. I just think Jose Aldo is on another level. I think he would've smashed Faber in the middle of his prime, too.
Jonny if you keep talkin to all these ladies on the chat im going to meet up with Chris at Ruby's friday night when your away
Hahahahahahaha. I thought you hated Ruby Tuesday's? Remember the cockroach?
Based on his Twitter posts, Rashad is asking to be KTFO by Rampage. I think he is making a huge mistake motivating Jackson to train hard for this fight. Rampage is nearly unbeatable when prepared. Rashad is going to sleep in round 1.
I would agree in part. A motivated Rampage is a force to be reckoned with. But that said, I very much doubt that Rashad's Twitter trash talk is keeping Rampage at the gym longer. He is highly motivated to fight Evans regardless.
Which rap artists are you feeling right now? I can't get enough of Drake, J Cole and Kid Cudi. Drake is the future...
Hahaha. Love it. I'll have to download me some Drake. I still mix in the old w/ the new. I downloaded a few songs I heard Mayweather listening to on 24/7.
Ron Artest has proven he's got the right mentality for MMA. At least he could get on a DREAM card.
Artest should definitely get into MMA! Now there's a guy with not only the mentality, but the frame, and the killer instinct. Also looks like he's got a chin.
JA do you think too many fighters fall in love with their hands and forget that this is MMA. Andrei, Kos, Mir and now Faber
Some do, for sure. But I wouldn't put Faber in that mix. 6 of his last 7 wins have been by submission. His leg was too damaged to get anything done against Aldo.
Tell Roman his boy Jackson's feet are made of led.
Dont worry Anik's Girlfriend i wont let the cockroaches get you. Dont worry about recognizing me people say i look like Florian/Ben Stiller
Give us a little peak inside of MMA Live. What goes on during the commercial breaks?
We are laughing almost the entire time. Our coordinating producer is one of the funniest dudes out there, and he is perpetually getting me off my game. Florian and McNeil make love to their iPhones, and I am too serious.
What's on tap for tomorrows MMA Live?
Still being ironed out. We'll have at least one lawyer on to discuss this whole Tito Ortiz/Jenna Jameson debacle. Also highlights and analysis from Aldo-Faber. Ben Henderson will definitely join us, and they are working on getting Leonard Garcia as well.
UR the MAN ANIK.
Thanks dude. But it's Chost.
Do you think WEC 48 has a chance to win card of the year? Probably the best so far of 2010.
Sure it has a chance. But the year is long my friend.
What is the next Belt in a major Amercian promotion to change hands? I know you don't like Shogun - so who loses and who beats them? Lesnar, Spider, GSP, Edgar, Overeem, King Mo, Shields (remember 60 days minimum!!!), Diaz, Melendez, Benson, Aldo or Cruz?
I think Penn will get the belt back from Edgar at UFC 118. And no way your name is Jasmine.
hey JA whats ur thoughts on ricardo mayorga/din thomas fight?
I think Mayorga will smoke a butt on the way to the cage, and Thomas will choke him unconscious. Never liked Mayorga when I was on the boxing beat. He's a clown.
When can we see Diego Sanchez in the cage again?
At UFC 114 May 29th, back at welterweight against John Hathaway.
How do you see the Florian vs. Maynard fight playing out? Is Maynard going to be threatened by Kenny's submissions (i.e. 2nd Nate Diaz fight) and fight standing up, or will he try and slam Kenny to the mat consistantly?
Kenny has called it the toughest matchup of his career. Not sure if he truly believes that or not. But he has plenty of respect for Maynard. I think Gray's only chance is to make it an ugly wrestling match and go for takedowns. But Florian's wrestling is worlds better than it was, say, 6-8 months ago. And he's got the edge in every other discipline, including the stand-up.
Chost, do you like sushi?
Chost can you tell ESPN or Dana to call me, we're going to make some money. By the way u should be doing more blow by blow commentating, you've got the perfect broadcasting voice. Thanks.
Thanks for the kind words. But you overrate my pull! I don't have Dana's celly kid.
Why do Japaneses fighters have such a hard time in US mma fights? After watching Aioki's performance I dont know who else could hang here in the USA
It's a different game, Cameron. It's in a cage, as opposed to a ring. And there are also more rules in MMA here in the States.
four words to describe Fedor, go!
Best heavyweight all time.
In your opinion who do you think the best trainer is?
There is no possible way for me to answer this objectively. I have seen some trainers first-hand and not others. I think Firas Zahabi is brilliant, and Keith Florian might be the best teacher I've ever seen. Also a Greg Nelson (Minnesota MMA) fan.
He's gonna say Keith Florian when he should say Greg Jackson.
Chost we need a lightweight tourney in MMA!1.Edgar vs. 8.Pelligrino2.Henderson vs. 7. Florian3.Melendez vs. 6. Maynard4. Penn vs. 5. AkoiWho you got winning the whole thing?
Florian only gets a #7 seed? B.J. Penn is the best lightweight in the world, and would win that tourney.
Jon, GSP always tries to take the fight where his opponent is the weakest. Do you think he would want to keep the fight standing against Shields? Shields' has zero standup and is only a threat on the ground. Or do you think GSP's wrestling is so good that he could dominate Shields anywhere?
Good question, Josh. I think the UFC would be encouraged to make that fight b/c it could bring out the best in GSP and you'd get to see him stand and trade for a chance. I still am not convinced St. Pierre wouldn't eventually return to the takedown.
Chost! I am never off work on Wednesdays and am so excited to finally be a part of the chat. While I absolutely loved the PPV last weekend I think it is premature to say Aldo has cleaned out a division after one title defense. It reminds me of the Machida-era talk before Rua gave us a possible solution to the Machida-equation. It's a fight sport. Personally, I'd like to see a featherweight with the chin to get inside of fight along the fence for a few rounds and impose his will. Thoughts?
Glad you could join us, Neil. Who are the featherweights you speak of? I'm not saying he's cleaned out the division. I just don't see a bunch of challengers on the horizon.
Alright, folks. Last call. Five more questions, and I'm sticking to it this time.
Jackson gym ever been there?
No, which is way I probably shouldn't have even answered the question.
Chost, my neighbour's house is on fire right now and instead of watching the action (4 trucks!) i'm here with you. That's what you mean to me!
Hahahahaha. Hadn't heard from you yet today. Glad you made it. No one questions your dedication. But grab a hose dude.
Chost, due to the fact that the Raiders are getting rid of me and no other team is stupide enough to sign me, I'm considering MMA. I think I can make 265....do you think Dana would be interested in me???
Hahahahaha. You can't even get it done in your sport. MMA is all set. Thanks, though.
Mma chat with you or review for a final? I'm thinkin I'd rather chat it up. Who needs music for the listener right?
Outstanding. Best of luck on the final. Love hearing from the young MMA fans.
Mr Chost, I was brought here to beat out of you, your Mayweather vs Mosely prediction and who you would personally be rooting for. I mean business!
Shane Mosley is the nicest man I ever met in boxing. That said, I am an unabashed Floyd Mayweather fan. So tired of all the Mayweather haters, and looking forward to him showing off his greatness. My dream scenario is a 12th round knockout, and I think we might get it.
Mountain goats aren't actually goats. They are antelope. You're welcome.
I thought we'd never see a Snapple Cap in here again. That's a good one.
Like toast, Chost?
Yes, Chost likes toast. He also likes when Ken in Pittsburgh joins the chat.
Who do you have in Franklin vs Liddell? I feel like Franklin is still a contender and Chuck is just.. done.
No argument here. Rich will fight smart, and win. Just not sure he will get the signature KO that others have gotten recently against Liddell.
do you think knees to the head on the ground should replace elbows?
I don't think knees to the head of a grounded opponent have any place in MMA. Also not a huge fan of elbows, b/c all they do is lead to blood and rarely finish fights.
I know that's not a popular take, but as someone who is charged with bringing MMA to casual fans and the mainstream, I can tell you that pints of blood make people turn away.
I think Mayweather beats anyone in boxing at 147 lbs........except Paul Williams. Agree or Disagree?
Agreed. And he would never fight Paul Williams.
My interest in watching James Toney in the cage is decreasing by the day. Who would you like him to fight? I would let Bonnar have a shot.
I sort of agree, Ken. Let's get this guy an opponent already. I'd give him Rousimar Palhares, or an elite BJJ guy.
And with that, we gotta bounce. We'll see you all tomorrow for MMA Live and then I'm off to Vegas for Money Mayweather. Also, don't forget next Thursday is the MMA Live debut on ESPN2!!! Until next week, be safe. And don't text and drive. -JA