Happy New Year! Great to have you back in the chat room. Let's vent.
Jon, thoughts on Clay Guida? Do you think he has earned another shot at a top 5 lightweight?
He's just in the wrong division. And, of course, he has some losses. But Guida has as much momentum as he's ever had in the UFC and bigger fights await. But top 5? Doubtful.
Hey Jon, what do you think of Strikeforce's Heavyweight tourney?
Overall, I think it is a good thing. I don't mind hearing from some media who have questioned the bracket set-up (loaded on one side) or overall feasibility, but I think it'll all play out fine. As long as we get to see Fedor Emelianenko face Alistair Overeem, I'm cool.
why wont dana sign alistair overeem to a 1 fight contract?
Because he is under contract to Strikeforce and that promotion affords him the luxury of fighting overseas and making a lot of money doing it. I'd love to see Overeem in the UFC, but he's got a pretty good gig.
ANIK! A lot of people have been jumping on that Hatsu Hioki bandwagon. Care to tell them who's been driving all along?
Haha. Glad to see one of the guys I've championed rise to the top. Appreciate you checkin' in! If you missed Hatsu Hioki's win over Marlon Sandro, google it.
Hey Jon! I think the coaches for TUF 13 will be Edgar and Maynard. All of the other viable options are booked for fights or suspended. What are your thoughts??
I would be shocked if Gray Maynard got a slot as a coach on 'The Ultimate Fighter'. Perhaps his personality would come out more when he wasn't being asked specific questions/we just saw him hanging out. But I just don't see it.
Guida would be a perfect fit to welcome Donald Cerrone to the UFC, no?
I like that matchmaking, but Cerrone is filling in for an injured Sam Stout and facing Paul Kelly at UFC 126, February 5.
Is there any interest for a Strikeforce vs UFC PPV? Maybe just me?
I'm sure a portion of the hardcore fans would get off on that. The UFC wants nothing to do with that.
Can't remember, did you pick Nate to win? I was very impressed by that fight, what did you think of Kim?
I picked Diaz. I was impressed with Dong Hyun-Kim. Step-up in competition and he did exactly what he needed to do to win the fight. Used his strength and size, got out to an early lead...there is a reason the Korean is undefeated.
How did you score the Edgar/Maynard and Diaz/Kim fights?
I scored the fight 48-47 for Frankie Edgar the first time I watched it. That meant a 10-8 first round for Maynard and I scored the third round 10-10, which I understand is rare. After watching third round again, I leaned towards Maynard, which would've meant I scored it a draw. Tremendous, close fight.
...and not sure how I scored Kim's win over Diaz. 29-28 Kim?
What is going on with my Mir? Its been 3 months and no fight scheduled. What's going on Jon????
The ladies like the Mir man. I am not sure. He doesn't take my calls. I think he would like to coach again on 'The Ultimate Fighter'. He's in a good spot right now, with Velasquez and Carwin injured and Lesnar unheard from.
Is Sonnen's gig frozen with ESPN too or will he still show up in Bristol?
Not exactly sure, boss. Thankfully, that is not part of my job description.
Does Sonnen have any credibility left?
What a horrific few months for Chael Sonnen. Having spent several hours with Sonnen (when he's been an analyst on MMA Live), he is a highly respectful and polite guy. It's shocking to see him in this predicament. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the UFC cut bait at some point. Would like to hear from Chael. Not sure we will.
Will the UFC honor Dos Santos' request for an interim title shot?
I hope so. He is highly deserving of that opportunity. And I also think the interim fights should be based almost as much on the No. 1 contender's schedule as the champion's schedule. Dos Santos has been out since August. So he should get a championship fight within a year, or you do an interim.
Dos Santos vs Mir ;) Interim title shot til Velasquez gets back!!!!!!!!
Mir would certainly been in the mix. Cupboard is kinda bare.
What do you think is next for anthony pettis? Wait for his shot or stay busy and risk losing it?
He'll be on MMA Live this week, so he'd be the better man to ask. It's a business decision, in part. But because of his youth and ability, I would advise staying active and sharp.
ALSO, MMA Live will be moving to a new time slot this week. Midnight ET/9 PM PT on Friday, immediately following Friday Night Fights.
Any early thoughts on Silva vs Belfort? That looks like a fun card
Great card. Love Anderson Silva to make a statement and win by TKO. Hoping it'll also be MMA Live's 10th road trip.
Is Evangelista Santos really worthy of a title shot vs Nick Diaz or is that the only fight SF could make because of limited options?
Matchmaking has a lot of different elements that many fans don't always consider. I think bigger fights with guys like Paul Daley and even Jorge Masvidal await. Diaz just needs to make sure he wins here.
Who Does Aldo fight next?
TBD. Perhaps the winner of Chad Mendes and Michihiro Omigawa. Dustin Porier just stomped the No. 1 contender, so he is inching closer.
Why do you think TMZ has been so active in reporting MMA news?
Perhaps because it has a young audience that is into MMA. Or there is a personal connection. The more, the merrier.
Dustin Poirier absolutely dominated Josh Grispi on the feet --- glad that we didn't see Grispi vs Aldo cause that would have been a 30-second fight. Is Poirier that good or did Grispi just get over-hyped due to a thinning pool at 145?
My jaw was dropped as well. And I'd like to see more from Poirier. Damn fun to watch. Grispi needed that type of fight/beating to realize his potential. And I give him credit for hanging in there on what clearly was not his best night. I hope the Massachusetts boy gets back in the mix and that's my expectation.
I am stunned that I haven't even heard a single rumor on TUF coaches yet. Leben's loss seems to have canceled that, Brock seems MIA, and Faber is now booked. Any ideas?
I think there have actually been a lot of rumors- Dominick Cruz-Urijah Faber, Chael Sonnen-Wanderlei Silva, Frank Mir-Brock Lesnar. None of those 3 are happening, unless Brock wants to move to Vegas for 6 weeks. I have no idea.
When is the move to Friday nights start?
This Friday, 9PM PT on ESPN2.
dude tuf fighters suck!!
Some of them are not good.
any word on Bruce Leeroy?
Expected to fight Mackens Semerzier at a UFC Fight Night in Seattle.
how about Rampage vs Forrest for TUF?
Sounds good to me, although I'm still holding out hope that Rampage will get the Shogun/Rashad winner.
Any word on who Bonnar is getting next?
Not yet. I'm probably as excited as you to find out. A lot of different options at 205 and I'm hoping he gets one of the high-profile ones.
do you think brandon vera is done in the ufc
I think he's close to done as a mixed martial artist. But I think he could get one more shot in the UFC.
Any chance the UFC does a HW tournament?
No. They just need to get their heavyweights healthy. A lot of bad luck right now.
How bad is the NYBA, i hope he is gone for good.
Now I would definitely be shocked if Phil Baroni got another UFC fight.
Kind of glad Randy is getting a proper "retirement" match. v. Machida in front of 30-40K fans in TOR...
Will be ridiculous. If you have never been to a UFC show, the volume for Randy Couture when he is announced is like few sounds in sports. Now, the crowd could be nearly double the largest crowd in UFC history. And I'd also like to see him in one more meaningful fight. Of course, what if he wins?
seriously, who wins Nam Phan vs Cris Cyborg?
Great matchup. Let's make that fight.
If Randy beats Machida you'd have to think he'd spring for a title fight if the UFC offered it to him.
And he'd have a case with 4 straight wins, including one over Machida. But that'll be tough.
Jon, can we expect the MMA Live crew in Toronto on April the 30th?
I pray for it every night.
How about Bonnar vs Thiago Silva? Sounds like a war to me
I'd love to see it, but even Bonnar would tell you he's not quite there yet. Still needs another win to get a top 6-8 guy.
Can we get a WAY TO GO Brian Stann!? Huge win for that guy. Chris Leben has a chin on him! I expect great things for both guys in 2011...
Oh, we can. About time. Rooting for Brian Stann is easier than walking.
Is Gina Carano done with MMA?
Perhaps there will be a novelty fight at some point, but I think so. She will probably just be a movie star instead. As a fighter, she knows she can beat most girls in the world. She can't beat Cyborg. Nam Phan may not be able to beat Cyborg.
After watching Shinya Aoki treat the first round like a joke, I was so happy to see him get knocked out in round 2.
shogun or evans? jones or bader?
I've got a lot of chats before then, Dre. I'm leaning towards Rashad b/c he seems to love this matchup. As for Jones-Bader, I won't pick against Jonny Bones until he loses. And I'll also need your help in convincing him to walk out to 'Angry Johnny' by Poe for the rest of his career.
Have they found my ear yet?
I learned from Josh Gross that it has been stitched back on. Believe it might've taken 5 hours or something. Movin' on.
Rich or Forrest?
Are y'all not chatting with me the week of the fight? I'd assume we'll have both of them on MMA Live at some point between now and Feb. 5.
Jon my Seahawks are the NFC West Champs! How would you like to see your Pats against them in the Super Bowl?!
I really hope it happens, Derrick. You must be proud.
Jon, I don't see why Dana has to be so hostile all the time. I think he really wants to be a fighter but is too lazy to train. what do you think?
I haven't ever experienced that on a personal level, but I guess there is some hostility there. He's a busy man with a very important job. I work hard. He works harder than me.
Jon, as of now who is your favorite prospect?
I voted Ben Askren as the breakout star of the year, if you still consider him a prospect (now Bellator WW champion). Also think Chad Mendes and some of these Team Alpha Male guys will continue to make noise.
Chael sonnens life. WTF
It's not good right now, Huw.
I am here every week Jon...I can give you my usual Rampage question? Who does he have next? JA:"I am still hoping he gets the Shogun vs Rashad winner. But that is a long layoff."
My answer will continue to go unchanged. If I was Joe Silva or Dana White or Lorenzo Fertitta, that would be my suggestion.
Why aren't there ring guys for girl fights?
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Gross, dude. They'd get pelted with stuff.
New espn mma commercial. MMA live is just finishing, then you walk off and ask GSP how he liked the show, he says "I am not impressed by your performance". 15 seconds long and fans would laugh.
I think Florian and I have about 30-35 ideas for MMA Live commercials. We filmed one quick one for Twitter, with K-Flo signing his contract to face Dunham and me telling him not to b/c I didn't like the matchup.
do you think jon jones might get thiago silva next if he wins, i would like to see him fight rampage
Interesting move by Jonny Bones to take to the Twitter airwaves and call out Thiago Silva. That fight would make sense, as would bigger ones. Time will tell.
Is a Chael Spider coach option still possible?
Doubtful, given that Chael's UFC contract is frozen at present.
Bibiano is no longer the DREAM FW champ....you should tell Bjorn to try and make Warren/Bibiano II before he starts training for the Olympics.
I will tell him.
ESPN MMA commercial, Alistair Overeem sitting alone and smiling at the camera. Enough said.
Hahahaha. Love the Reem.
Whats the latest on Lesnar? Do you think he is really hanging it up and going to WWE? It would be a shame to see him quit when all he needs is a good boxing coach.
I don't think he's going back to WWE. But I also don't think all he needs is a good boxing coach. When Peter Welch began working with Brock a few fights ago, he found out just how raw he was fundamentally. He's not a natural striker and, for myriad reasons, it hasn't come all that quickly to him. I really, really hope Lesnar is not done in the UFC. He can still beat almost anyone and has tremendous value to the UFC/MMA.
Faber vs. Wineland what do you think of this matchup?
I may be easy to please, but I think it is great. Kinda like that the UFC is making Faber really earn a rematch with Dominick Cruz.
TUF coaches announcement. Any ideas?
We addressed earlier in the chat. Longer response is above. I have no idea.
What do you think of Ovince St Preux? Possible title contender by end of the year? Win at strikeforce challegers on saturday?
Hard not to like what we saw recently. I think he beats Abongo Humphrey Friday.
why not machida and couture as coaches
I just don't think Couture needs that noise right now. And Machida can't really make noise, in English.
If Bj beats Jon Fitch in dramatic fashion can we see Penn/St. Pierre 3?
Doubtful. There are a ton of big fights the UFC can make with Penn at 170 and 155 that don't involve Georges St. Pierre. I just don't see the need.
bj needs to go back to 155?
Not necessarily. If Anthony Pettis becomes the lightweight champion, that would be a fun fight. But he isn't fighting Edgar again and Maynard has never been all that keen on fighting B.J.
When is filming supposed to start for TUF 13?
January 2011, also known as this month.
Who's next in line for the UFC HW behind JDS?
You tell me. I posed that question on Twitter. You can follow me @Jon_Anik. I asked b/c I don't know.
BJ will go back as soon as Edgar drops the belt... Lock it up !!!!!!
Chost! How awesome was Edgar's comeback after that beating he took in round 1?
Unreal. Many thought the fight should or could have been stopped in the first round. I didn't have that sense while watching it live, but amazing regahhhhhdless (say in Boston accent). I believe Joe Rogan said he's never seen someone come back from that type of beating. That is one tough, talented, athletic and in-shape man.
How long do you think it will take to sort out the mess that is the LW division? Stevens scored a big win, but that's a hell of a ladder to climb.
It's a great mess to have. There are so many guys to choose from as far as potential title shots are concerned. Pettis is there, of course. Sotiropoulos, Dunham, Jim Miller, Bocek, Ben Henderson, K-Flo, Sherk. And I'm forgetting a few. Stephens is creeping.
do you think maynard ever recovered from punching himself out in the first round?
Not entirely. It's such an important skill in MMA. We saw Shane Carwin do it against Brock Lesnar. Gotta be accurate and calculated and patient when trying to finish. Maynard won't let it happen again.
will bones jones get a shot if he wins hes next fight?
Could. Just so many options at 205. Guess work.
a ufc show at jerryworld (cowboys stadium). Your thoughts?
What's not to like? At one point, Dana White said it would happen before the end of 2010. 2011 looks promising. Wonder how many seats it would be configured for...
Considering what has happened to Sonnen since, how lucky is the UFC that he didn't beat Spider in their last fight?
It's a good problem not to have.
Jim Miller is rumored to fight Kamal Shalorus at UFC128. I think he deserves to fight someone higher in the rankings like Florian or Ben Henderson. What do you think?
Just gotta keep winning, I guess. Shalorus is undefeated and Miller likes to be active. It's also a fight in New Jersey that the UFC knew he wouldn't pass up. I like Miller's approach- confident that he will win and move up.
Hey Anik - been a while - after watching Edgar come back from being savaged in the first round, I thought he did a pretty good job of outboxing and outwrestling Maynard. In the rematch I think he'd actually come in as the favorite now that he's shown he can handle Maynard's wrestling.
Agreed. I picked him to win this fight and given what we saw Saturday night, I'll definitely back him in the 3rd meeting. Safe flight.
Florian still out with injury? When do you expect him to fight again? I am a big fan!
Still in full-length leg brace. I think May is the most likely return month for Florian. He won't be on MMA Live this week. Believe he's headed to Florida. Smart.
Some fighters never come back the same after an injury like Kenflo's
Well, he's not young anymore. But I think he'll be okay. He avoided surgery and is such a motivated guy.
What do you think is the best way to beat Jon Jones right now?
Cheat. Groin shot early or a subtle, dirty-boxing headbutt to open up a cut. Gotta cheat.
will the winner of rich and forrest fight the winner of bader and jones
Don't think so. Forrest Griffin was essentially offered that fight in the past and respectfully declined.
Over an Hour Jon....
Last call...10-12 more minutes or so. Keep me here with insight.
If Silva defeats Belfort and St.Pierre defeats Shields, I think the UFC should make the Silva/St.Pierre fight in Rio De Janeiro in August.
Definitely will not happen that quickly. GSP is fighting Jake Shields on April 30th. And I've said all along he will take his time when moving up to 185. I don't think Silva-GSP happens in 2011.
shut up dude!!
I think the next coaches of TUF should be Kos and the male nurse from team GSP!
If Forrest wins, could you see the UFC making Bonnar-Griffin as the TUF coaches?
Yes. First I've heard of that. That would put off filming until early February, which could be problematic. UFC has a great production staff/crew, but that would seem ambitious.
Has GSP ever had that fast of a turnaround?
I'm sure. That's 4 full months. The issue is moving up to 185, not necessarily the 4 month swing.
jake shields will have a bad 2011... trust me
Stoke is on the record.
Bonnar won the 1st fight...watch it
I've watched it twice. 29-28 BONNAR both times.
how about Kos and McKenzie for TUF?? they have beef
That's funny, too. I just wanna see Koscheck and Cody McKenzie fight at some point.
who will win Shogun vs Rashad in march its offical now
Will make an official pick in March. Already addressed this earlier in the chat with a lean towards...read transcript.
They need to make TUF more interesting and having Bonnar/Griffin as coaches is not interesting to me, even though they are graduates of the TUF program.
I agree. Two very interesting guys and personalities, but there is no beef there whatsoever. They are friends, have trained together frequently, etc. A third fight b/w them is an eventuality, according to Bonnar. But I'm not sure the fit is there as coaches.
Cain Velasquez vs Overeem...who wins?
Velasquez 7 out of 10 times.
Does the UFC hire "media coaches" for fighters like Maynard or is that up to the fighters to improve on with their camps/sponsors?
The UFC does a great job pushing a social media agenda and getting the fighters out there. But I don't believe there is a media coach on staff. I'd like to be that guy.
Terrific job as always, Jon. Who is the best heavyweight in the world? I gotta go with The Reem, but it's really a toss-up.
Chost! Where is Roger Huerta? His career once seemed so promising...
He'll have another Bellator fight as soon as Season 4 gets going. But his stock has plummeted, for sure.
With Cain out due to injury and almost everyone else out of the loop in the heavyweight division, is there any chance we will see an interim title while Cain recovers?
I hope so. The UFC really doesn't like to do it unless it has to. Here, I think you kinda have to b/c Dos Santos hasn't fought since August. Only real reason not to would be because there isn't an obvious next in line. And Velasquez is cool with it, too.
Any news on Eddie Alvarez next fight? Dude is sick!
It'll be against Jeff Curran, who won Bellator's Season 2 tournament to earn that title shot. He was injured and unable to take that fight during Season 3.
What is the lightweight fight that needs to happen in 2011. I'm saying Alvares-Melendez. What say you, Jon!!!???P.S. Great Job
Appreciate it. That fight is on the wish list, but moving off quickly b/c it is so unlikely. For me, I'd like to see Evan Dunham fight Anthony Pettis.
Pat Curran JON
Thanks for the correction.
Does Pettis wait out the rematch between Edgar and Maynard or take a fight in between and risk his #1 contender spot? Who would you like to see him fight if he chooses option (b)?
He will be on MMA Live this week, hopefully with the answer. REMINDER- New time slot for MMA Live is Friday at MIDNIGHT ET/9 PM PT on ESPN2, immediately following Friday Night Fights.
If I failed to answer your question, try me on Twitter - @Jon_Anik. This week on MMA Live, Anthony Pettis and possibly Strikeforce C.E.O. Scott Coker. UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is getting healthy and will be in-studio within the next few weeks. We'll see you Friday on MMA Live. Thanks for being here. -JA