Good day! Always enjoy this time of the week. I'm here for the next hour taking your questions on anything! And remember, MMA Live is tomorrow night, 1AM ET/10 PM PT on ESPN2. Hope you'll stay up or set those DVRs. And if I don't get to your question today, you can also follow me on Twitter- @Jon_Anik. I'll get back to ya. Alright, let's vent.
Jones vs. Bader, gonna happen? and if so, who ya got?
Oh, I think so. And I think it's time they both have that challenge. Not gonna get me to pick against Jon Jones, but excited to see what Bader can do in this spot. Of course, a win over Jon Jones would catapult him to great places.
Jonny, does the UFC accurately portray their fighters height's? For example, when Rich Franklin first entered to Octogan, he was listed at 5'11". Now he is listed at 6'1". What gives?
That's a great question. It's something we have noticed in the past, especially with some of the heavyweights. I thought perhaps Shane Carwin was listed as being taller than he was, if I recall. I'm sure there are some inaccuracies, but overall they are pretty legit.
Hey Chost. long time reader, first time poster. After Mir's poor showing at UFC 119 do you think he will ever challenge for the heavyweight title again?
You are only as good as your last fight, according to a lot of people. And thankfully for Mir, his was a win. I know the masses are disappointed, but if Frank gets and beats a quality opponent next, this win won't look so bad. And it'll never look as bad as a loss would have. That said, it'll be hard for him to ever regain #1 contender status.
Why hasnt aldo moved to the UFC?
Because he's killin' dudes at 145, and it's just not time. Has only made 2 title defenses and makes the weight with ease. Eventually, most think a move to the UFC is inevitable. He'd have a ton of tough fights at 155.
Which of the following are more important to staying employed by the UFC? Exciting fights or Win/Loss records? Thx
It's a combination. Name recognition is a big factor as well and that ties in with having exciting fights. Gotta be memorable. But anytime you lose 2-3 straight or just lose period, you are in major jeopardy of losing a spot on the UFC roster.
Diaz didn't show up for the Strikeforce conference call, do you think he should be reprimanded?
It's up to the organization to enforce it. It's too bad Nick didn't prioritize hyping the fight. One of Strikeforce's biggest problems is promotion, so perhaps they should demand their champions talk pre-fight. The UFC asks a lot of its fighters when it comes to the media, and 99% of the time, the athletes show up and are on time.
Has Gilbert Melendez's next fight been announced?Is he better than Frankie Edgar?Thank you.
Next fight has yet to be announced. He thinks perhaps they are waiting on result between Josh Thomson and JZ Cavalcante. As for Melendez vs. Edgar, not sure who is better. Gil is heads, Frankie is tails.
Hey Jon first timer here mate so take it easy on me.. Love your work never miss a chat or MMALive show. I too have massive man love for your man Hector Lombard. Seen him live a few times here in Oz and the guy is an animal. Question to you is if and when he hits the UFC, how do you see him going and do you see him eventually fighting for and winning the title?
I think Lombard would be a great fit for the UFC's middleweight champion. They don't have too many guys like that at 185. It's great that Bellator has such a worthy champion, but it's tough in that division to find legitimate challengers for Lombard. I think Hector would do well in the UFC and eventually contend for the belt.
Where is Gina Carano? Is she still on Strikeforce?
Yes, still on the roster. But haven't heard anything about a return date.
If Sonnen had won, would Anderson have been given the belt back b/c of the PED suspension?
Pending Sonnen's expected appeal. But, yes.
What do you think about Dave Herman fighting for Bellator tomorrow night?
Go get 'em. He's an important heavyweight for Bellator. Glad the legal stuff has been worked out.
Jon i missed your broadcast last week. What did Chael say about the performance enhancers?
Sonnen was unable to join us. We will hear from Chael soon, though.
morning. is spouting verbal invective before or during a fight a legit strategy or is it used when you think you can't beat your opponent physically?
What a weird visual that was, to see Mir and Cro Cop having a conversation during a fight. It happens more than we think, especially when fighters are on the ground. But that appeared all to friendly for me. Strange.
Cut Mir?? How about Cutting others before you cut him??
Totally agree. Mir and cut shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence. Be won by KO. Not pretty, but he won. Next fight will be better. I wasn't as appalled as the masses were by Mir's performance. Just think Cro Cop is done or wasn't at all prepared to really engage. Sad to see.
MMA judging: Ridiculous or pathetic? They need reform before it kills the sport, no?
I'm a broken record. It's just an inconvenient truth in combat sports. As long as humans are judges, there will be discrepancies. But they gotta get these people TV monitors. When I've called fights cageside, rarely do I look at the action inside the cage. Instead, I am watching my monitor, so as to really see the fight. Every judge should be watching these fights on a monitor, if not a 52" HD monitor right in front of their faces.
cerrone or varner tonight?
Tomorrow night, I will take Varner. Also like Jose Aldo to win, but not in the first round. Hoping Miguel Torres makes a statement. Let's go dude.
Hey boxing and MMA have something huge in common....the judging sucks
It will get better. Can't get worse, right?
Was it a slap on the face to Jake Shields that he wasn't given GSP to start in the UFC?
Absolutely not. I think Shields deserves a chance to get his feet wet in the Octagon, and will be well-served not having to fight GSP out of the shoot. And all of that said, I'm not even sure he'll beat Martin Kampmann. Tough division.
Why would Mir get cut?
Obviously, the UFC expected more from Mir against an all-but-cooked Cro Cop. But certainly doesn't deserve to get cut.
Long time reader. Long time poster. I know you hate the idea of adding another weight class, but it seems appropriate to add one at 235.
5 champions is plenty. Easy for fans to keep track. Or, at least easier than 6. My wife can name all 5 UFC champions. Not sure she could do 6.
Jon, I have an Acura MDX...should I use the 89 or 91 octane gas? Is the 91 really necessary?
Hahahaha. Taking me up on the 'anything goes' chat. 91 is never necessary. Nice car you drive.
Can Kenny Kenflo get back to a title shot?
I hope so! If he gets Evan Dunham next and beats him, that would expedite the process.
Do you think that the winner of Rampage and Machida is in line for a title shot or in line for the potential Bader and Jones winner?
One of the two, for sure. I would give the Rampage-Machida winner a title shot.
I heard from some people say that they are not excited for WEC tomorrow night as they have in the past. I think it is a stacked card and am really excited! Who is wrong?
Tremendous card. Jose Aldo is Dominique Wilkins, MMA's version of the 'Human Highlight Film'. Miguel Torres is always fun to watch and could be scary coming off of two losses. And Varner and Cerrone hate each other. I'd pay for this WEC card.
Can GAMBURYAN take down the little giant ALDO?
I think he could take him down at some point. But Aldo is sneaky strong. Aldo is just too good to lose right now.
YES HE CAN!
Do you think that Brock Lesnar is the real deal? Anyone that is his size will truly have an advantage. How will he fare against Cain?
Can't wait to be in the building for this one. Cain Velasquez has a chance b/c his motor is non-stop, his hands are quick, and his heart is quadruple the size of mine. But Brock is just ENORMOUS.
Who do you like in Hardy vs Condit?
Does Grispi get Aldo next?
When will MMA Live hit the afternoon rotation? I love football and all, but NFL Live every day is excessive
It'd be a dream. Hopefully soon.
chost, your official score card for the dunham - sherk fight please. any way it wasn't 29-28 dunham?
29-28 Dunham. Only way it could've been different, in my opinion, is if you scored the first round 10-8 for Sherk. But Dunham won the last two rounds.
Can you comment as to why Sonnen was absent from MMALive? Are we talking more along the lines of he backed out of his decision to come out and make comments, or he missed his flight, or maybe he just "missed his flight"?
Well put. He definitely didn't miss his flight. And Chael definitely wanted to talk and break his silence on MMA Live. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to do so. But I can assure you Sonnen will be in Bristol soon and we'll get his side of the story.
hey do you know how Jose Aldo got his scar...I heard it was from eating......
I believe his sisters burned him on a grill when they were young. Google is a good option for you.
Hey Anik, congrats on joining the club earlier this summer. Hope all is well. As a casual fan, I've really enjoyed Bruce Leroy on TUF, is there any chance this kid could be legit? Thanks!
Kalbar. Good to hear from ya. I share your enthusiasm for Bruce Leeroy. I think there are 2-3 guys on Season 12 of TUF that look legit. Only time will tell brother.
What's the latest with Shane Carwin? I would like to see him fight again soon.
I think the UFC is waiting to see what happens with Lesnar and Velasquez before making a determination on Carwin. Roy Nelson is a possibility for Shane as well, but Huge Country isn't healthy. If Brock loses to Cain, perhaps the UFC makes Lesnar-Carwin II to determine the #1 contender.
Do you ever see an MMA fighter running for President?
Maybe Brian Stann.
Aldo is gonna have more scars after Manny is thru with him
Hey Jon! ESPN is starting to pay a lot of attention to MMA and the UFC in particular, which is good. Is there any talk about ESPN showing MMA events live?
Not to my knowledge. The subject has been broached in the past and I'm sure will be again in the future. My focus now is just to get MMA Live remotes at every UFC PPV! But it's great to see more coverage from ESPN. Every PPV gets SportsCenter love now, which absolutely wasn't the case in 2008 when we started MMA Live.
Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin at UFC 124? Any truth to the rumor? what do you think about that fight?
Fight makes sense for both guys. And both guys could win it.
are you a fan of GSP?
Umm, yes. Don't know many MMA fans who aren't.
ESPN UK shows live events Scott.
Yeah it does!
Jon, do you think the UFC should've considered matching Anderson Silva with Rashad Evans for the Jan. 1 ppv?
I don't love that Vitor Belfort is getting a title shot at 185 when his last UFC fight was at a catchweight. But it's also not the right time to move Anderson Silva up to 205. And that fight with Rashad you propose would had to have been an interim title bout for Evans to even consider.
If Bonnar would have lost the rematch to Polish Experiment, do you think the UFC would have cut him, regardless of Dana White's previous statements?
Good question. So glad the UFC wasn't forced to make that decision and happy for Bonnar to have come through in a true must-win. I think they would've asked him to consider retirement and taking another job with the organization. But, if he wanted to fight on, I think they would've given him one more to get a W.
If Bisping gets past Akiyama at 121 who do you think he fights next. Rematch with Wandy?
Strong possibility. Perhaps Chael Sonnen, if he goes through with and wins appeal!
Will Cro Cop be cut from the UFC?
I just think he will retire. Or take one more fight to try to go out a winner. And the UFC would give him that fight b/c he stepped up on short notice to face Mir when they had (literally) no one else.
This far into the chat and nothing about dream 16?! Seriously? Where is rob from jersey? He would be outraged!
Hahahahaha. Awesome show! I've caught some of it online. Need to find a way to get HDNet again...
Could the UFC fill a 60 thousand seat stadium? or is 20k the limit for American MMA fans?
Depends entirely on where the fight is, but the UFC can definitely do more than 20K. I have no doubt that a UFC show at Cowboys Stadium could do in excess of 30-35K. They could probably do 50K in Montreal.
Will you please publicly plead for a GSP-Anderson Silva fight at Fenway Park next summer?
Will do my best, man. You have to think that would pique Dana White's interest.
I've heard rumors of UFC 126 will be in Pittsburgh & Edgar/Maynard 2 will be the main event. Any word to being true?
Haven't heard that. But it'll be nice when Pittsburgh finally gets a show. I know you guys have been jonesin' for one.
Brock could draw 60k.
No doubt. There are tons of casual MMA fans who order 1-2 UFC PPVs/year. They always pay to see Lesnar.
Its been no secret the UFC would like a network deal. How come ABC has not jumped onto this? ESPN would benefit from that deal.
Make it happen, Aaron.
Who would you like in the GSP-Anderson match?
I'll take Heads.
Brock v Fedor = 60+ k fans.
Brocktober is 2 days away! And still the HW champion of the world...
Love the Lesnar enthusiasm. Talk about must-see television. Forget 'The Event'. Brock is 'The Event'.
chost< do you see faber ever being wec 135 lb champ
Like the question. Faber is such a tough fighter. Pleasure to watch. I think he'll make his way into a fight with Dominick Cruz for the title. Not sure if he'll win or not, but he'll get there.
Jon...how much control do you have in selecting the guests on your show...and who has been your favorite thus far?
Very little. Our producers know Rampage and I have beef, so they won't schedule him.
Tough to say who my favorite analyst is. Depends who is reading the chat. Oh, none of them are? Then I guess I'll say K-Flo. Or Chael. Or Bonnar. Maybe Rashad.
How soon can we see Bader vs. Jones? Is it a co-main kind-of fight?
Absolutely a co-main event. And it shouldn't be any later than UFC 125 on 1/1.
If Brock beats Velasquez does he become the P4P best?
Depends how he does it. I still wouldn't have him in the top 2, but top 5 is a possibility.
Ha, you got beef with Rampage?! Can we get some backstory?
rampage will kick yo a**
wait.....whats your beef with rampage?
That's right fool! If I was on the set Anik Would be getting KO'd!
No beef. Was trying to make a joke.
Do you like JDS's chance aginst brock? if brock gets past cain?
No, I don't. Dos Santos can knock anyone out early, but if he doesn't get you early, he loses steam, as do his punches. Did I mention Lesnar is enormous?
Chost vs Rampage- sounds like a fair fight!!!
Rampage made your boy Sugar cry huh
Rampage is mad cause Jon's shaved head looks better than his.
Clippers Barber Shop, Plainville, CT. Come hang out.
Hey jon huge fan of your work. Do you ever see Fedor fighting in the ufc? His most recent comments indicated retirement.
I always try to answer this question optimistically. No, I don't think Fedor will ever fight in the UFC. Damn.
WHY DO YOU
You were always pretty down on Bader, has your opinion changed (and thinking Bader will lose to Jones isn't "down" on him, just realistic)?
I just said in the past I never thought Bader would be a UFC champion. And I still believe that to be the case.
PED accusations are the ultimate silencer. Hard to walk the talk when your walking is "enhanced" - yes?
I will reserve comment until Sonnen shares his side of the story. Chael wants to talk. I just think, and this is speculation, that it doesn't make sense to be all verbal right now. Who knows if a comment might be used against him in the appeal process? We just don't know.
Somebody has got to tell Rampage you dissed him. Called him one dimensional and soft. LOL.
Hahaha. Love it.
How many more fights for Matt Hughes?
Over/under is set at 2.5. I'll say over.
Would beating Carwin, Velasquez, then Dos Santos back-to-back-to-back be the greatest 3 fight performance in MMA HW history?
Because UFC heavyweights have never been bigger, faster or stronger, I will say yes.
Seems like the chatters are down on your chances to beat rampage! I GOT CHOST BY 2nd ROUND GOGOPLATA!!!
fights left for chuck liddell- .5
I'll say over. But hoping the under comes in.
Dez Bryant took the entire Cowboys team out for diiner yesterday and spent 55k!! What's the most you've ever spent on dinner???
Hadn't heard that. That is incredible. I think Florian should do that for Team MMA Live. Most I've spent is around $800 for 4 at an Italian joint in Boston.
Am I the only one who isn't that excited about seeing GSP-Silva? Let's not forget that Anderson Silva walks around 35 pounds heavier.
No, there is you and one other curmudgeon.
Jon, you should take us all out to dinner with your big time money.
How many times do I have to tell you guys? The fighters get all the money. I'm just the traffic cop.
Better chatter: You or Jordan Breen
Breen definitely knows more about MMA. My grammar may be better.
I think jon fitch is extremly underrated, what do you think?
He's like DJ Khaled. All he does is win.
Any word on who Randy Couture will fight next, he can't be that worn out from the Toney fight?
I thought perhaps he would fight Rashad in an interim heavyweight title fight. Now, I'm not so sure about Randy's next opponent. Thought Rich Franklin made some sense, but he appears in line to fight Forrest Griffin.
Favorite Vegas casino?
Are we talking hotel? Sportsbook? Actual casino? I love the Mandalay Bay Sportsbook. Enjoy playing cards at Hard Rock or Planet Hollywood. Spa at the Venetian is great. Love the Bellagio. Could go on.
oh no chost with a hip-hop reference...
In eighth grade I Bic'd my head every 4 days and wore baggy maroon jeans. Was actually trying to diversify my Ipod last night, b/c it's all hip-hop.
Fitch is 13-1 in the UFC, handling everyone in the division not named GSP. He might be dull to some, but how could anyone argue he is overrated? He is the clear #2 (only Kos could make any sort of argument).
hey chost you got any little chosts runnin round the house?
since you are such a BIG star- how do we know this is you on the chat and not an imposter??
You know I'm not a big star b/c Buzzmaster guy doesn't start my chat.
Can SF bring anyone to the table who can beat Melendez in lightweight?
Sure. I think Josh Thomson can beat him 2/10 times, and he's on the roster. But depth at 155 is not a SF strength.
Answering as quickly as I can Vinny in SF and Marc in Dallas! Follow me on Twitter (@Jon_Anik) and I will get back to you, if I don't get you here.
What it is Chost?? Do you watch the Jersey Shore???
Heck yes my dude.
AOKI wants another crack at melendez
Should've done more with the first opportunity.
Would you rather watch the Pats win a superbowl, or GSP v Silva?
Killin' me Hayden. I really want Belichick to get one more ring. Like, really badly. Don't love #12. But BB is the dude.
Is there a good reason for NOT merging the WEC with the UFC? WEC has a great product, and could really benefit from the UFC's brand reach. Plus, having two Zuffa LW champions seems a little ridiculous.
Zuffa = great business people. I'm sure they have their reasons for not making the move right now. Most are expectant it will happen one day.
Jamie Varner makes weight, buy or sell??? Please answer I have no life!!!!!
Fedor not fighting until at least January. Ugh...
Get ready to pay me my $ because come Monday night my Miami Dolphins are going to kill your Patriots. :>
Brandon Marshall scares me.
Dream.16 - Another win for Mayhem Miller! I mean, will anyone have better entrance performances, I think not!
He's also a damn good fighter.
Will you be able to cover WEC 51 on MMA Live tomorrow night?
We previewed it last week b/c the show will be over by the time our show airs. Not sure if we'll be able to turn around a quick highlight or not. I'm supposed to be at Citi Field tomorrow night. Horrific planning.
I wanna see Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar for an Undisputed Zuffa Lightweight Title!
You are not the only one.
No snapple cap or Arianny? What gives?!
Didn't see the Snapple cap, bro. Arianny question not fit for print.
Do you think it is a good idea for Bellator to have Alvarez-Huerta and Good-Askren on the same week as UFC 121? I think they are going to get lost in the shuffle.
Not exactly sure what went into that decision. I am HUGELY excited for Good-Askren. Just wish I wasn't gonna be on an airplane to Los Angeles.
Jersey Shore or WEC tomo. night, which one you watching and which one is going to be DVR'd??
DVR will be set for both b/c I will be at Citi Field for the first time.
Pats suck Jon...
How often do you go to the barber and how much do they charge?
I go once/week. It costs $14.00 and I tip my man Neal $6. So my hair costs me $80/month. Obnoxious, I know.
Better for MMA: Twitter or Sherdog Fight Finder?
Sherdog Fight Finder. I'd be jammed without it.
You gonna check out the November issue of Playboy featuring Arianny?
If you have 3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
Since when were you married....and isn't what you have with KFlo called a domestic partnership?
You gotta pay better attention.
Any truth to the rumor that you can't always get what you want?
is there a real time schedule maintained on the espn mma site?
Nope. It's a glaring omission. Maybe that'll be my next project. These days, trying to get a podcast going. Anik Dotes. Get some.
have you met Arianny?
Yes. You gotta move on to something else bro!
How long til we see JonAnik.com
Long. My Mom just calls me.
Should Cro Cop retire?
Maybe fight a tomato can first.
Chost, will Overeem make it to the UFC soon?
Aren't you on the Strikeforce payroll?
Back to largest venue. If you can get Brock and GSP in a double main event I have no doubt they could put 75K in Cowboys stadium in the biggest PPV ever.
Doesn't sound like a bad time.
As your #1 chatter, I approve of Anik Dotes. Much better than the BS report.
Take off Chost, we all know you have better things to do than chat with us losers!!! Peace my dude!!!
Hahaha. I'm out soon. Last call, w/ priorities to the 3 ladies out there.
Good move for the UFC on signing Stefan Struve to a new four fight deal?
Absolutely. The dude is 6'11". Catches people's eyes.
Can someone get on the Jon Anik wikipedia page?
Supposedly someone set it up, but it's a mess.
Couture's lawyer says he may never fight again. Any truth to that?
I think Couture has at least 2-3 more fights in him. He is healthy, as far as I know, and the $$$ is outstanding. Maybe he'll retire and move to CT for MMA Live.
We all know Cro Cop is done, so did that make Mir look even worse?
He still finished a guy who beat Pat Barry. I think Mir will be judged more on his next fight than this one, or should be.
First Dream 16 winner to redeem themself on american soil ... Mousasi, Miller, or Aoki?
I think Miller.
What do you think on Daley vs. Scott Smith for Strikeforce?
Loser gets jaw wired shut.
Did you already give the rundown for the next MMA Live?
I didn't, b/c it is still fluid. Will update tonite on Twitter.
Chost on Facebook....why not????
Chost is behind the times. I do Twitter b/c it's easy. Facebook has all sorts of pictures and stuff.
if kos wins that means fitch will move up. what are his chances? needs more muscle i think.
He does. But he can and will get stronger with a permanent move to 185.
whats your favorite mma site?
ESPN.com/MMA or Twitter.com/Jon_Anik. Also a loyal reader of Sherdog.com, Cagewriter.com and MMAjunkie.com. And a Ben Fowlkes supporter.
Our nicknames need to be chosters
I get no love on TV? Don't be scared to interview me homie.
hey Chost! Just made it in time (I hope). I know you're against more weight classes, but what about adjusting the weight limits? Perhaps bumping LHW to 225 and so on and so forth?
I just don't think it's broken, Gary. I understand why the conversation happens, but my feelings are known.
Next for Evan Dunham?
Care to tell the newcomers what "chost" means?
Chubby host. Given to me by my twin brother. He worked it into this chat and I've yet to live it down. If I get down to 140, Chost will be gone.
While you're adding the schedule to the espn mma site feel free to start up the fantasy game again please!!!! pass it on.
Wish I was a more powerful man. But OK.
why do you think every ufc card is a "stack" card?
I think I was pretty honest that UFC 115 and UFC 119 weren't explosive on paper. But I am consistent in my belief that most UFC PPVs deliver large and lesser shows tend to overdeliver. Not the case with UFC 119.
Florian/Dunham would be great, but I want to see Florian/Sherk 2
you coming home for thanksgiving?
She's in Florida, and she knows I've gotta work every Sunday for fantasy football. So I'll be staying in CT. Too bad.
UFC 119 was greatly underwhelming. The only semi highlight was watching Dunham. Unfortunately he dominated 1 round and slightly lost 2.
I thought Dunham-Sherk was outstanding as well. Also enjoyed Bader's performance. Overall, not a great showcase.
How do you respond to allegations that you're a shill for the UFC?
I would direct people to my chats. Or I'd ask for more specific allegations.
who's your favorite uk fighter
Dan Hardy. Or, as GSP calls him, Danardy.
Come on Jon, lets get KenFlo a win first! KenFlo vs. Sherk and Dunham vs. Gomi. I know you claim to have no power, but you know you gotta visualize the win; if you build it, they will come!
Well, Sherk is technically coming off a win and Dunham a loss but I'd have no problem with a Florian-Sherk fight. But I think Dunham-Florian is a perfect fight for both guys to see exactly where they are when it comes to contention.
I hope Condit shuts Hardy up personally.
Do we see an extremely motivated Tiger this weekend?
Not sure dude. Golf is so far down the list right now, with NFL, MMA, Fantasy Football, MLB, CFB. And I had to go apple-picking last weekend.
Alright, heads. Must get on outta here. After WEC 51 tomorrow night, make sure you stay up for MMA Live on ESPN2 at 1AM ET/10 PM PT. Earlier on ESPNUK. Also, hope you'll follow me on Twitter for more. It's twitter.com/@Jon_Anik. I will chat a full 2 hours next Wednesday. Until then, eat some wings and don't text and drive. -JA