Greetings fight fans! Thrilled to be here for today's MMA Live chat, as we get ready to make our debut on ESPN2 tomorrow. Today is crazy! Starting a little early, b/c I will only be here until 1:30 ET. Going on The Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio at 2:10 ET, so get to ESPNRadio.com after the chat and check it out. Alright, let us vent...
1st- congrats on ESPN2. My DVR is set for both days- I can't wait! 2nd- J Jones vs Matyshanko (sp?) on VS card in August??? Did J Jones do something to p-off the UFC? Its on a Sunday, on VS, against a past prime opponent?? Give me lil'Nog in May (subbing for Forrest)!!!
Thanks, Tom! We are very excited for tomorrow, and this weekend at UFC 113. As for Jon Jones, the UFC clearly has a specific approach and plan for him. I think we all see him as a future UFC champion, and the UFC is choosing to proceed cautiously. His time will come, even if you and I think he is already ready to face the elites.
Whats up Jon? Who wins in a fight right now Brock or Jayson Heyward????
Hahahahaha. I don't pick anyone to beat Brock Lesnar. But Heyward can crack.
is UFC 116 going to be bigger than UFC 100? seems like everytime lesnar fights, its a huge thing.
A lot of my colleagues and MMA Live staffers think UFC 116 will do more PPV buys than UFC 100. It's possible, but I think it might come in just a shade under. Either way, the Lesnar-Carwin hype is already underway, and UFC 116 certainly has the potential to be the biggest in UFC history. Time will tell...
Chost, are you going to be at the UFC fan expo later this month? I'll be at MB that weekend for a bachelor party and the UFC fight. Sucks about Forrest having to pull out.
Yeah, too bad about Forrest. We are scheduled to interview him later today for tomorrow's show. And, MMA Live will be represented at the Fan Expo later this month. Not sure about a booth, but we will definitely be around and interacting with fans.
Am I the only one not so excited about the Fedor fight? Werdum is ok but he was recently knocked out by do santos--Why is Fedor not fighting Overeem, that is a far more exciting fight?
You're not the only one. I don't think Werdum is the most worthy challenger. But Strikeforce has its reasons for putting on that fight. We will talk to Scott Coker tomorrow on the Live.
Jon, do you think the UFC will ever implement a tournament similar to Bellator? Let's say GSP vacates his title to move to a different weight class. I think a tournament would be a great way to crown a new champ. THanks
Won't happen my friend.
I agree that Penn is great, but how can people say that he's the number 1 lightweight right now, when he was just beaten bye the lightweight some people STILl have at number 3 or 4? You couldn't tell me Florian is better than Edgar. Just look at the matches against Penn. Edgar didn't get finished and won.
It's a good question, Jay. It seems to me the UFC is granting Penn an immediate rematch b/c they still think he is the No. 1 lightweight in the world. That's why they are giving him a chance right away to regain that pedestal. I also think he would beat Edgar 8 out of 10 times. Huge props to Frankie, but I still think B.J. Penn is the guy to beat at 155, even though the belt is no longer his.
hi jon do you kimbo will have a long carer in the ufc
I don't think so. I'm not sure he wants to fight much longer. In my humble opinion, he is fighting for the money and not for the love of the sport. I don't blame him, but also don't think he's long for MMA.
do you think king mo is the future of the strikeforce light heavyweight division?
Well, there isn't really anyone else.
I cannot believe that Matyushenko is a step up in competition for Jon "Bones" Jones. What is the benefit of this fight for him? If he wins he was suppose to... Is it only to get him more seasoning in a low risk contest?
Yes, they are building him up. He won't lose that fight.
Hey man just wanted your thoughts on who Phil Davis should fight next?And also cannot wait for the pre and post fight live shows at Montreal this week!Thanks.
Thanks, Jack. I think you will see the UFC take a similar approach with Phil Davis as it has with Jon Jones. Get some winnable fights under his belt, etc.
...and we are jacked for the live shows in Montreal! Don't forget, a full one-hour preview special live from the Bell Centre at 9 ET/6 PT on Saturday. We hope to be your PPV appetizer.
Your picks for this weekend?
Machida, Koscheck, Mitrione, Belcher and Stout.
Chost, sorry I was unable to be here last week. I know the Machida/Rua fight is going to be well conversed, but I am really looking forward to Kos/Daley! Do you have a preference?
I agree. The fight I am most looking forward to is Koscheck-Daley. I really believe Kos will approach this fight similarly to the way he approached the Anthony Johnson fight. I respect Daley's power, but I like Koscheck to go back to his roots, bully Daley on the ground, and choke him out.
Hey Jon, what are your predictions for bellator tomorrow, any upsets or do you think imada, huerta, and alvarez all roll over the opposition
I do back all the favorites, but I'm not sure any of them will 'roll' over the opposition. Alvarez has become so well-rounded, and not having to cut down to 155 will help him in the fight. Huerta has a tough challenge in Curran. It's a great card in Boston tomorrow night. Unfortunately, I'll be en route to Montreal. Otherwise, I'd be cageside.
Shredog is reporting the Rangleman - Roger Gracie fight is off. I'm starting to think Roger is just rumored to exist.
LOL. Too bad.
Jon..Am I nuts for being more pumped about Daley Koscheck then any fight in the past 2 years?? I think Daley has the potentioal to KO Koscheck and then GSP..he has greatly improved his takedown defense and that dude hits you like a pile of bricks! SEMTEXXX!
Power to ya, Nick. I wouldn't go that far. There have been several fights over the last two years that piqued my interest more than Kos-Daley. But that said, it's another huge opportunity for Daley, and you are not the only one who thinks he will take advantage.
Is Koscheck Daley a clear-cut #1 contender match? Who do you like in this matchup?
It is certainly a title eliminator. But they haven't officially stamped it as a No. 1 contender's bout.
Can't wait for tomorrow. CHOST IN GLORIOUS HD!!!
Hahahahahahahaha. Thanks Scott! Fired up for the MMA Live debut on ESPN2. As a reminder, it's tomorrow night at 1AM ET/10 PM PT. If you can't stay up, please set those DVRs. And, we are really counting on our West Coast viewers to watch the show live and push the rating! Please and thank you!!!
Hey Anik, Last week, Floria and F-Mac said Mayweather-Mosely will outsell UFC 116. Now that initial reports show lower than expected PPV buys for the boxing match, does UFC 116 beat it?
We will ask that question tomorrow on MMA Live. Mayweather-Mosley trending at about 1.4 million. I expect UFC 116 to be right around that number.
Alright, let's here your picks for this weekend. Also, do you think this will be an exciting card? It seems like every main card fight should have good action.
Picks were offered up earlier in the chat. Main card looks terrific. Really intrigued by Belcher-Cote.
What is best senario for Fedor (after Werdum), a rematch w/ Rodgers or a exiting fight w/ Overeem.
I think Strikeforce is hoping to set up a Fedor-Overeem fight. But I'd be just as intrigued with a Fedor-Rogers rematch. Brett is one powerful dude, and he is dying for another shot at Emelianenko.
So did you still your shirt from Joe Rogan on Monday?
Do you think we're the only ones in the world who own black buttondowns?
Who gets the next title shot at GSP? Kos-Daley winner or Jake Shields? The UFC really needs to force GSP to fight 3 times a year.
I agree. Barring injury, belts should be on the line three times per calendar year. As for GSP's next opponent, I think it will be the Kos-Daley winner.
Hey Chost! Congrats on ESPN2. Are they going to be giving a pay raise for what I believe is gonna eventually lead to ESPN airing some sort of UFC fight kind of like Friday Night Fights for boxing.
No pay raise, Johnny! But thanks for the support. Tell your friends.
Every ton of recycled paper saves about 17 trees. You're welcome.
Wouldn't be an MMA Live chat without a Snapple Cap. Thanks.
Hey Jon - any idea why there are no prelims on Spike for 113?
MMA Live on ESPN2! I'm not sure why, but that's a huge win for us. We hope you'll all tune in for our preview special. Dana White will be on set!
By years end, who do you see more in the mix at Heavyweight Title Todd Duffee, Pat Barry or neither? I think they both will get hot and enter the mix.
Good question, T. I will say Pat Barry, b/c he has been more active and thereby has more quality wins.
Do you think machida will finish the fight this weekend
Not my expectation.
114 took a huge hit with Forrest going down. Is Jason Brilz really the best guy the UFC could find on short notice?
Apparently. I still think they will effort to boost that card, somehow. But it's 24 days away...
Good luck tomorrow Chost! What are your feelings on M1's beef that Strikeforce wasn't giving them 50-50 co-promotion? I think it's greed personally because they have to know their brand is Fedor and only Fedor.
It's a messy situation. I feel for Strikeforce. They worked diligently to sign him, and overall, it's been more headache than headway.
The media sure forgot about the Tito story... What do you make of that? Jenna and Tito just retracted what they said. It was pretty strange.
Definitely strange. Just don't think Jenna is all that mentally stable. She seemed very contradictory.
So you're going Big Time on the SVP show today/// AWESOME!!!
Should be fun. I used to host afternoons w/ Van Pelt's co-host, Ryen Russillo. It'll be a reunion of sorts.
No work Friday, unfortunately no DVR yet, means I stay up and watch MMA Live at 1am. Can't miss it.
Atta boy, Brad. The more live views we get, the better. Spread the word, and stay up late!
Chost, what camp has Cote been training with for this fight?? Canada Loves You!!!
He's been at TriStar in Montreal.
I'm w/ Brad.. will stay up to watch
Thanks dude. Much obliged.
With another big-time fighter pulling out of an upcoming event, do you think there should be a rule enforced to how hard a person can train so close to their fight?
You can't do that. And, even if you tried to monitor it, fighters wouldn't stick to it. Injuries are just an inconvenient truth in MMA, and most other sports.
1510 the Zone RULED! How do you think UFC 118 is slowly starting to shape up?
Hahahaha! Thanks Nate. UFC 118 is gaining steaming. There is a decided Boston flair, with Florian, Rivera, Lauzon, etc. And I like that the local guys will be showcased. If Couture-Toney is added to the card, that would really round it out nicely. But rest assured, Dana will make sure the Boston card is strong.
It's obvious Jenna doesn't feel threatened by Tito, but more embarrassed by what he potentially revealed about her. Her dad was even supportive of tito when he was released. Sup Chost?!
Well put, Angelo.
Chost, what should I make for the UFC show this weekend? I am thinking grilled lamb gyros with roasted eggplant and Sangria or Fajitas with roasted vegi's and margaritas?
All of that goes well with MMA Live.
Once again there is no MMA fantasy game on ESPN. You guys are dropping the ball. is it coming back?
I tried, Jake! Not sure what the deal is. That doesn't have anything to do with us, unfortunately. I am far removed from that decision process. It will be back, though. Just don't know when.
So how awesome was the atmosphere at the Mayweather-Mosely fight? Was it nice to watch the fight as a fan, instead?
Atmosphere was great. Fight was pretty good. It's unreal the way Mayweather just dominates future HOFers. I was critical of Mosley b/c, knowing you are losing the fight, how about a little sense of urgency? I expected him to go for broke, and instead he was content to just dance around and ride out the loss.
Which fighter's style would you like to emulate if you had a fight?
I would want to have a great wrestling base, but use if offensively. I also think offensive Brazilian jiu-jitsu is the most exciting part of MMA. Knowing myself, I would probably be a little reckless and get knocked out.
Were you worried when Money was wobbily?
Mildly. He is a notoriously slow starter. If you don't get Floyd early, forget about it.
Long time JA, what fight do you like better Brilz/Lil Nog, or Silva/Boetsch?
Silva-Boetsch. Interesting challenge for Silva, whom I really like as a fighter.
hello Jon my question to you is .You think Rua can beat Machida in their rematch this sat night or you think Rua had such a great fight the fiest time . He cant match that . Or Machida going change his game plan and pick Rua apart?And one more question i would love to see Jon bones Jones fight Phil Mr Wonderful Davis what do you think about that fight at 205
I think Shogun fought about as well as he could the first time around. I expect Machida will be the one who makes better adjustments. Jon Jones-Phil Davis is a dream fight for many. Maybe in 2012.
MMA live on ESPN2 or old episode of Futurama on comedy central? Tough choice but I will watch Chost and co.
Hahahahaha. Thanks, Lance.
when is the earliest that Jake Shields can negotiate-sign with the UFC?
Hopefully Scott Coker will answer that tomorrow on MMA Live. Seems like Strikeforce has already lost Shields.
What happened with Forrest? Is he for real? Looks like he realized he might get thrashed by another stand up fighter - Lil Nog.
Will be asking him later today.
Hi jon love the show
You were just mildly worried about mayweahter being wobbled? His own dad was quoted as to be "very scared" when that happened. Mayweather has never been buckled before. We were jumping for joy....then Mosely turned into a punching bag.
Just one man's opinion. Mayweather's chin held up, and that was my expectation. But, my nose was also bleeding in the upperdeck! So, until I saw the replay, I didn't realize how hard he got hit.
How does Kimbo have the odds to beat Mitrione? I just don't see it!
I don't think Slice is still the favorite. But he opened as the favorite, which surprised me.
Buy/Sell Mark Coleman will be back in the UFC?
Sell. Hard sell.
The Boston card is looking sick with BJ-Edgar, Toney-Randy, KenFlo-Maynard...
Let's just hope that Couture-Toney becomes official...
when will stephon bonnar and forest griffin go at it again
I think it's destined to happen. But right now, their career paths are very different. Griffin is in the title mix. My boy Bonnar just needs a W.
Is it me or has the prefight discussion for Shogun/Machida 2 been real quite? I almost think people are lying low after all of the heated debate after their first fight.
It'll ratchet up this week. But you're right. Fans seem much more interested in discussing Koscheck-Daley.
Yo CHOST, ask Forrest about where he's focusing his game on and has he felt a shift or a growing trend in the UFC's quality of stand up talent. What is Forrest doing to evolve with the sport? Can you ask him that, thanx?
Not enough time, friend. Questions have already been determined. And it's a collaborative effort. I don't call all the shots.
J-Chost, Shogun clearly won the first fight, but got judged out. How much does human nature come into play for the judges coming into this fight?
Hard to say, Jay. I really hope the judges just assess the action in each individual round and then make a determination.
Thoughts on Melvin Guillard? Dude is a straight up freak and could be huge training in the Jackson camp. NOLA represent!
Just needs to be more disciplined and consistent. One fight, he looks like a world beater. The next, very beatable.
What's up Jon! I think the world doesn't recognize Matyushenko but the guy is a competent fighter and is 11-1 since 2003, only losing to Lil Nog. 2 of his other 3 losses are against Arlovski in his prime and Tito in his prime. The guy is no joke. I think Jones wins but at least a little interesting.
Matyushenko isn't being given enough credit for his career accomplishments. You are right about that. But I still don't give him much of a shot against Jon Jones.
What do you think of Cyrille Diabate?
Great length and striking. And he's obviously a solid trainer. Interested to see how it'll translate in the UFC.
What percentage chance do you give Fedor fighting in the UFC? I just don't ever see it happening as long as M-1 is involved with their ridiculous co-promotion demands, Kiril Sidilnekov v Carwin?. There is no way UFC agrees to Brock-Fedor without a clause that forces Fedor to stay in the UFC if he wins.
I will say 35%, and I'm a positive thinker. I do believe that Fedor wants to challenge himself against the best in the world. And most of the best heavyweights reside in the UFC. He needs to push for it, though.
Hey Jonny Boy...congrats on ESPN 2 my friend. Any rumblings on what's next for Hendo? That loss to Shields crushed me, and I'm ready to see him back in the cage.
I have Russow shocking the world and beating Duffee!
Kyle is on the record.
Do you know when Huerta's going to be fighting again in Bellator? What is it the second round for him still? I'm pretty sure he's the favorite to win.
Tomorrow night in a semifinal against Pat Curran in Boston.
i herd kongo is out of his fight with nelson is that true?
Appears to be the case. We will have an interview with Roy Nelson tomorrow on the online version of MMA Live. We will post a longer version of the show on ESPN.com at 1:30 AM ET, immediately following the show on ESPN2. Florian and I will post a quick video at 3ET to further explain the plan.
I think this is a record for questions answered for you...you are pumping these out!
Trying to move quickly b/c my time is short today. Thanks man. Last call ladies...
Did you see the clip of Mayorga rocking Din Thomas during the presser with backhand chop? Din is going to sleep
Hahaha. I think there's very little chance of that, but we'll see. I'm just hoping the fight actually happens. I won't believe it until Mayorga makes his walk to the cage.
Money May in one night will make more money than any other professional athlete in the world in contract earnings. Boxing is dead my boney butt.
Mayweather is the biggest draw in combat sports right now. And love him or hate him, he has worked hard for that distinction.
Just wanted to say I'm here. Super excited for the debut on ESPN2. DVR is set and I'll be watching "live". Good luck! I've also been spreading the word... :)
You = the best. We know you've been spreading the word and appreciate it more than you know!
Has your boy K-Flo started training yet for Maynard? If so, how's it going following the staph infection?
Florian is doing great. Close to 100% and training is already underway.
Do you think booking fights are taking place too early in regards to the actual card? All too often cards are assembled and then reassembled due to fighter injuries/illness. Should the UFC change their match making policy?
Great question, Patrick. I think the more time you have to promote fights, the better. I think the UFC's approach is the right one. Injuries are uncontrollable. Strikeforce, in my opinion, would be smart to announce their fights earlier. They don't leave enough time for appropriate promotion.
Any word on the return of Vitor Belfort?
Buy/Sell: Anderson fights GSP by the end of the 2010?
I am excited for the MMA coverage this weekend on ESPN! Congratulations are in order. I will toast to Chost & Co. with a glass of scotch at 1am tomorrow. Which will inevitably make me fall asleep. But at least my TV will be on!
Thanks, Ken. I know you've been with us from the very beginning.
Will you be bothered if a high profile boxer fights an MMA guy and the MMA guy decides to test himself by only boxing with the boxer?
Not if the MMA guy wins!
Are you sure Fedor wants to fight the best? If that were true, he would have signed with the UFC. I think he's scared of Brock.
I think some part of him absolutely wants to prove he can hang in the UFC. But a chunk of the blame lies with his management, whom I believe force his hand.
Chost, how did you like your boy mayweather this sat? Do you think he can be stopped he did get hurt twice in round two and pacquioa is faster than sugar shane
I think Mayweather-Pacquiao will happen. Manny will definitely go for broke and be aggressive. Mosley wasn't, in large part b/c he feared getting knocked out. Pacquiao will take risks, and I think he might get stung for doing so.
J-Chost, Mousasi - hendo doesn't make sense right now, not even for Strikeforce. How could Mousasi not get an immediated rematch on the next SF card in 9-11 months?
I think it makes sense b/c both guys are coming off of losses. Not sure how Strikeforce will proceed. But I would agree with you that a Mousasi-King Mo rematch is what I would do. Just not sure who there is for Hendo to fight.
That's a wrap, heads. I'm off to The Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio. Get to ESPNradio.com at 2:12 ET/11:12 AM PT. And please join us tomorrow at 1AM ET/10 PM PT for MMA Live debut on ESPN2. Also, live pre and post-fight shows from Montreal for UFC 113 on Saturday. 9 ET/6 PT on ESPN2 and then a post-fight extra after the fights. Thank you all for the unwavering support. Sincerely. We'll see you all tomorrow in HD! Until then, enjoy the fights. And don't text and drive. -JA