Sorry I'm late. Mad NFL tapings today. Let's vent.
If the director of Warrior insisted that an actor play you rather yourself, who would it be?
Colin Farrell. Obviously he's better looking, but I think he's the closest Hollywood resemblance, or so I've been told. My twin brother, Jason, who majored in musical theatre, probably would've been the best option.
Any news on Dan Henderson lately?
He wants to face the winner of Jon Jones and Rampage Jackson. Refreshing to hear someone who would welcome a fight against Jonny Bones.
First, saw Warrior and it was fantastic. With the history between the UFC and Barnett, could you actually see them bringing him into the fold again?
I think it's a possibility. If Barnett wins the Grand Prix, I think the UFC would take a long hard look at bringing him back. Should he lose to Cormier, I think a Barnett UFC return would be less likely.
Auto-update on at 1:03? You guys are getting good!
Here. For. You.
Hey Chost, hope the little one is well. Does Daniel Cormier have the capacity to cut to 205 like he suggested last week when asked if he would ever fight Cain.
I think he has the capacity to cut to 205. But given his success and recent evolution at heavyweight, I'm not sure it's a great priority. I also think a fight with Cain Velasquez is further away than many people forecast. He would have to beat Barnett and, in theory, the Lesnar-Overeem winner. And, given his broken hand, that could be 18+ months away. And, of course, Cain would have to keep winning. So I think DC stays at heavy.
Cormier had kidney issues cutting weight at Olympics...not gonna happen
Who deserves the title shot more with a win Bisping or Sonnen?
I think both guys are deserving. But given what Sonnen got done in his fight with Anderson Silva, I think the UFC would relish an opportunity to put that rematch together. Only thing that really hurts Bisping's argument is that loss to Wanderlei Silva.
Cormier and Rockhold had great wins at a great event this weekend. Who do you think is the bigger deal in 2 years?
Good question. If Rockhold can stay healthy, I think he can do a lot of damage at 185. Cormier's window of opportunity could be smaller, b/c of his age.
Impression of Cormier? I couldn't believe he hit that hard.
I think a lot of us were surprised by the power. But as I stated on Josh Gross' podcast this week, I didn't feel as though Cormier got enough credit for his win over Jeff Monson. Monson took an absolute beating that night and I was shocked he wasn't finished. Cormier has made ridiculous strides in his striking game. AKA is on a serious roll.
Thoughts on the Diaz-Penn matchup?
Awesome, awesome fight. Both guys bring it and rarely is either guy involved in a boring fight. Leaning towards Penn by TKO.
If you could change one rule in MMA what would it be?
I wouldn't allow elbows on the ground. Rarely do they finish fights. All they do is cause massive cuts that bloody canvases and scare away casual fans and TV executives.
You ready for 4 consecutive weeks of UFC fights?!
What a run this is gonna be. I'm running out of superlatives.
Being a Boston-area guy, are you a fan of Sam Adams and his smooth suburban rap?
Yes. Kenny Florian has exposed me to a lot of Boston rappers, many of whom are largely underground.
Any word on the conditioning/training of Rampage for his upcoming fight? Will he be in tip top shape?
He'll have to be to beat Jon Jones. I think his best chance to win is to either catch Bones or try to outlast him in the championship rounds. I give Rampage about a 5% chance to spring the upset.
No elbows on the ground?!?! I retire...
UFC 136...best fight card ever top to bottom??
On paper, it's hard to argue against it.
Who you got Jon.... Bisping or Mayhem??
I think both are two of the more underrated fighters, in any weight class. Early lean is towards the Brit.
Answer a question about underground rap and not Mayweather vs Ortiz???
C'mon, bro. It's 1:15 and there are 238 questions in the queue. Can only see so many of them.
My first UFC event in person will be 135, I first got the mma bug in 2001 when I saw Rampage hang Sakuraba over the top rope,.. aw the memories....
Just wait until you see a live show. A UFC event is perhaps the greatest live show in sports.
Why no UFC love in Phx? TONS of good fighters come from here. When are we getting a show??
In terms of U.S. destinations, I would think Phoenix and Miami would be UFC priorities. But there are a lot of factors that go into those decisions, many of which you and I are probably unaware of. And, every city is jonesin' for the UFC. Can only be in so many places per year.
Any chance GSP doesn't steamroll Condit given what a younger Rory was able to do against him?
Absolutely. I give Condit about a 30% chance to win. Not only does he have power in all limbs, but he has a great killer instinct. And Condit always seems to be improving. I think he's much better than he was against Rory, or even Ellenberger.
Order of importance in MMA 1. wrestling 2. BJJ 3. Striking. Agree or Disagree?
I would put striking at No. 2. Submission defense has improved so much.
Leben/Munoz. Is that really still the main event for the Germany fight card? No offense, but I feel like this fight is at best a main card fight.
It's in England, not Germany. And that is your main event.
You think Diaz is given another title shot should he beat Penn?
And he'll show up for any out-of-cage obligations.
Gonna be in DC 10-1. Brenneman beats Rumble, he has to get like a Koscheck or similar level WW next, right?
Wins over Rick Story and Rumble would certainly vault Brenneman into the top 6-8 at 170 lbs.
Belfort vs Cung Le..... thats a joke right ??
Curious to see the Las Vegas line. Curious how much my wife would let me put on Vitor.
would the ufc really put dan henderson in front of rashad for a title fight
I doubt it. That's why I tried to get the campaign going for Hendo to face Shogun Rua. The winner of that fight could then face the winner of Jon Jones/Rampage Jackson v. Rashad Evans.
i for one am happy that diaz dropped out because we got two better fights. the trash talk from diaz and penn will be epic
Diaz and Penn have that mutual respect thing going, though. I'm not sure they will ramp it up as much as you forecast. But in terms of the fights, I agree with you. UFC 137 is $.
Cung Le is a fraud and will be exposed by belfort. i cant believe they are making this match.
Given the surrounding circumstances, namely the FOX debut on 11/12, I think the decision is an OK one. There just weren't a ton of options for a main event, and Cung Le is a proven draw in San Jose. I think it's a major mismatch, but a fun fight nonetheless. Vitor rules.
Cung Le a fraud - are you serious bro?
I wouldn't call him a fraud, but I do take issue with the way he has approached his MMA career. It is clearly not his No. 1 priority.
I agree with Haz. That fight is borderline a gimmick fight
Chost, you dislike elbows on the ground, but are ok with them from a standing position? I don't think MR. Cyborg likes them at all.
Elbows from a standing position aren't really a huge factor in MMA.
I couldn't care less about Maynard/ Edgar, I just want it over with. How minority of an opinion is this?
Given their epic clash on New Year's Day, I would say you are in the minority. But that said, I would like to see the top of the division get settled. Guys like Melvin Guillard and Ben Henderson are anxious for title shots. Clay Guida, too.
So Mayweather vs Ortiz prediction?
Mayweather by decision. Thinking about flying out last minute to see $.
Who is Torres fighting?
Not sure of the opponent, but I'm told it will be in San Jose in November.
Explain to Jon Jones how elbows aren't a huge factor in any position, I think he will beg to differ. Standing or on the ground he makes them work.
Good point. He is one of the few guys who really maximizes elbows from all positions. I would hate, for his sake, to see elbows on the ground go away. But for the majority of fighters, it really seems like a mechanism to cut an opponent, which I don't live. Rarely do elbows finish fights.
Well if there was no Elbows Jon Jones would not have a loss on his record. lol
If Penn and GSP win, does that mean trilogy?? (please say no!!)
No. There are plenty of other big fights for Penn at 170 (paging Thiago Alves). I don't think B.J. is in this division with the hopes of fighting for the belt.
You think Mittrione gets a big name next? Possibly Carwin
Mitrione-Carwin is intriguing. First, let's see how Meathead handles Cheick Kongo.
Do you give Hughes any chance against Kos?
Sure. Hughes is trying to put a capstone on his UFC career and would love to go out in style. I think he'll be in desparation mode and very aggressive. I favor Koscheck, as does Vegas, but Hughes certainly has a chance.
Who do you like in the Mir- Nog rematch? I still got Mir. Bigger + better wrestling.
Big Nog is cooked. I like Mir a ton.
I agree CHOST, it is time for elbows on the ground to go away. I don't think they bring anything to ground fighting except blood and broken orbital bones. Let's keep the ground game technical!
More intriguing fight: Cain/JDS or Lesnar/Overeem?
I think those are the top 4 heavyweights in the world. I've been champing at the bit to see Velasquez-JDS for months. But the thought of Overeem and Lesnar in the Octagon with the cage door closed piques my interest as much as any fight in recent memory.
Brian Stann def. Chael Sonnen via 2nd Rd TKO......... lock it up !!!!
You're on the record. I'm hoping to avoid making a prediction on that one.
My boy here in Orlando, Ben Saunders, sure does look impressive lately. Next Bellator champ!
That's a tough welterweight division under the Bellator banner. Saunders is evolving nicely right now, but I don't see him beating Ben Askren.
so have you decided if your heading out to houston chost
Still TBD. I'd say there is a 40% chance. MMA Live will not be there.
Did you see the commercials on Fox for Cain/JDS?
Somehow, I missed them. Probably b/c I was immersed in the RedZone channel and fatherhood. But I got a bunch of tweets about the spots. Very exciting.
Who do you have in the Ellenberg/Shields fight? I'm interested to see how Shields does. Such a tragedy for him.
I was inclined to pick Jake Ellenberger, but given that Shields' father/manager Jack passed away recently, I'm leaning towards Shields. Love Shields' mental toughness and, fighting for his Dad, I don't think he'll be denied. That said, Ellenberger is an absolute beast and could easily win on points or by TKO. Ellenberger starts quickly, and Shields had better be ready.
Askren is nice, but Saunders all-around game is much more advanced. Saunders by TKO.
Saunders may have more fight-finishing weapons, but I don't believe he can consistently stop Askren's takedowns, nor do I think he can consistently get up once taken down. As you may know, I am absolutely bullish on Ben Askren.
Warrior was awesome!!!
Appreciate you going to see it, Angelo. We gotta keep it going.
Kampmann has been robbed twice.. had he beat Shields and Sanchez, he'd be on verge of title shot its a shame
Gotta always be careful when leaving a fight in the hands of the judges, though.
Askren via UD and a lot of Nick Diaz circa 2009 trash talk about GSP after
With ya. And let's also not forget that Saunders has a ton of work to do to position himself for an opportunity against Askren.
who is next for King mo since it seems like hendo is leaving?
I think it's time to transition Lawal to the UFC.
Desean Jackson or Miles Austin? Sweet mixing MMA and fantasy football. Keep up the good work!
Both are must-start guys, in my opinion. I think Austin will be more consistent on a week-to-week basis.
Where does DC fit into the rankings mixed in with the UFC HW's?
We have updated our ESPN MMA Power Rankings for the heavyweights this week and Cormier has cracked the Top 10. Go to ESPN.com/MMA and you will see a tab for 'Power Rankings' at the top of the page.
Any chance Guida-Henderson is also on FOX broadcast?
Remains to be seen. The fight would have to air live, and therefore, it would have to take place after Velasquez-dos Santos. So, it's not my expectation that it'll be on FOX. We'll see what happens.
Was that the last we see of Roger Gracie?
I don't think so. But I'm not sure the MMA ceiling for him is as high as some had forecasted.
I think i might be in the minority but I think jones destroys rampage. rampages' style has regressed and haven't evolved imho. forrest griffin gave the blueprint.
My feelings are well-documented. I don't like the matchup for Rampage one bit.
Have to say Saturdays fights were the best I have seen in person since UFC Live in Louisville, but I can't believe how bad the production both in the Arena and on TV those Strikeforce events are.
Certainly disappointing to hear about the crowd in Cincinnati. Ohio boasts some great MMA fans and I know the fans who did show up made themselves heard.
How soon after Cormier beats Barnett does he get asked about fighting Cain?
He's already getting those questions...but check out my answer earlier in the chat. The possibility of that fight is a long, long way off.
which 2-manningham plax or bolden?
If Hakeem Nicks is out, I'd go Plaxico and Manningham.
Where would Tommy Reardon be ranked??..lol
Love the Warrior reference, Ben.
I feel like hitting the panic button on Jamaal Charles already. KC looked awful.
Don't. He's got big play written all over him. Try to exercise some patience.
Ive gotta go Chost. Love the chat but work calls. Can you post this so my string of getting on consecutive chats isnt broken?
Absolutely, Wilkie. Appreciate you being here. Streak intact.
I heard you on Gross point blank say that you give Brock 2 to 3 more fights tops. could you list out potential opponents?
Overeem, dos Santos, Carwin rematch, or possibly a Strikeforce heavyweight who eventually crosses over. I don't think we'll see a Lesnar-Velasquez rematch, unless both guys win their next fights.
Masvidal is vastly under-rated.. While I feel he won't beat Melendez, he will finally get recognition he deserves
I love Gamebred, but he has been plagued by inconsistency. He hasn't always put himself in the best position to handle the cut down to 155. Something has clicked recently, as evidenced by his performance against K.J. Noons. I think the Masvidal you see against Melendez will be the best Gamebred we've seen. Still may not be enough against Gil.
Pats question, are Gronkowski and Hernandez both worth starting at TE?
Yes, especially in a league of 12+ teams.
will melendez transition to the UFC after his next fight
He would like to!
Jon going to the UFC on saturday, it's my first live UFC any advice for making it even more awesome than it already will be?
Just arrive early and soak it all in. You get a lot of fights for the money, so get in there to see most, if not all of them. And I'd also take some pics. Octagon surrounded by drunk New Orleans folk will be a great visual.
How sick would a Brian Stann-Tim Kennedy main event at a "Fight for the Troops" event be ??
I feel like Fitch deserves a better opponent than Johnny Hendricks. Who would you like to see him fight?
I would've like to have seen him face Rick Story. I'd like to see Fitch-Ellenberger, too. Anyone who will bring the fight to Fitch.
Chael Sonnen on MMA live this week Chost?
His fight is getting pretty close, but Chael has said he would even entertain flying cross-country for MMA Live 2 weeks before UFC 136. He really loves doing the show. As for this week, I'm not sure who are analyst will be.
I'll have that answer for you later today on Twitter. You can find me @Jon_Anik
If Frankie loses to Maynard, will he go down to 145 and go after Jose Aldo's strap?
Your guess is as good as mine. It is absolutely an option, but I don't believe Edgar is in any great rush to move down.
Is gegard mousasi under contract with Strikeforce and will he end up in the UFC?
His contract situation always seems difficult to keep track of. I believe he is still contractually obligated to Strikeforce. I also believe he will eventually land in the UFC.
Cro cop or big country?
Love me some Sonnen! The man is a comic genuis!
People think I fabricate laughs when he is on. I can assure you I don't give him any courtesy laughs. His comedic timing and delivery is terrific.
True or False? MMA judging needs to become more transparent/metrics based to capture a bigger audience.
I think that is idealistic, but important. Not sure it is inexorably linked to capturing a bigger audience, but there is a lot of ambiguity when it comes to awarding points for stuff.
Does Jacare get a rematch with Rockhold, or does Kennedy get first crack??
I think they'll probably give the shot to Tim Kennedy. I wouldn't have a problem with either decision. But who would've thought that Luke Rockhold would taste a major championship before Kennedy? Not this guy.
Surprised Big Nog wasnt saved for the Japan card - you?
I guess. But Toronto needed a main event.
Where Does Jim Miller go from here?
Don't you worry about Jim Miller. He'll be back and in a big way. As for an opponent, not really sure. But he will be a factor in that division again.
Did you see Bruschi's rant on Ochocinco?
Read about it. Didn't hear it.
Do you think Bigfoot will get signed by the UFC after his 1st round TKO by a much smaller Cormier?
Still believe Antonio Silva would have some value to the UFC. Hard to believe that chin can't absorb more force...
Imagine the lack of head movement in a Dan Hardy-Scott Smith fight?? Like Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots !!!!
Chances Belfort beats Silva in a rematch?
25%, maybe. When Vitor is on, he's awfully tough to handle, even for the greatest of all time.
miller should get the loser of maynard and edgar
I was looking to make my chat debut, but my boss keeps coming in and out of my office. I guess I'll just hit you up on Twitter, @Jon_Anik
Tell your boss to piss off. Priorities.
Do fighters talk to you about the differences in the shows between the UFC and everyone else? King Mo looked like he felt ashamed by the media turnout for the Cincinnati Strikeforce event.
Yes. Not on the record, of course. But you can be sure a guy like Gilbert Melendez is dying to show what he can do in the UFC. Some think Gil is a top 5 pound-for-pound guy, yet many casual MMA fans don't even know who he is.
Last call, heads. Hard out at 2ET today.
Chost, Jim Miller v Anthony Pettis? Much better idea, both coming off loses at the time both were considered the #1. Thoughts?
Pettis has a fight scheduled against Jeremy Stephens. But down the line, sense that does make.
Rays catch Sox for wildcard? Sox losing right now.
I think it'll probably be too little, too late. Wish I could say I was more focused on it. NFL season is underway, ya know?
Pick to Click this weekend?
Haven't looked at the lines yet. You know I like to give you a fighter with some betting value. We are 3-1 on the picks to click thus far, with Brendan Schaub hurting us the last time out. I like Evan Dunham to bounce back this weekend. I'll post the official pick to click on Twitter, as always, later in the week.
GSP broke sean sherk's nose with an elbow on the ground.
Good point. That's the minority, though, and not the norm. I just don't like when cuts end fights, but I know it's part of the game.
JA, only 22 more days until the banner is raised.
Boston Bruins your 2010-2011 Stanley Cup champions. Not a day goes by that I don't think about that.
Are bad puns mandatory for MMA headlines?
Seriously. It's outta control.
Got my tickets to FN 25 and Saints Bears. Will the Bears do to NO what they did to ATL?
No. The Bears will have to score 30 to beat the Saints.
Glen Rice/Sarah Palin story had to make you laugh Chost
i think pettis will stuggle against stephens.stephens tko 1st round
Wouldn't shock me, either, Ian.
Which person at ESPN voted for lil nog in the HW p4p rankings?
Not this guy. There is a link on there for you to see how we all ranked, individually.
Yes, and we thank you for the Cormier pick...
Hahahaha. Love that DC win.
Last Call?!? I'll give you some advice a wise man once gave me.... "Tell your boss piss off. Priorities"
you gonna be at ufc on dc
Doubtful. Football season is very challenging for me to break away for MMA. I am actually doing my first college football play-by-play this season for ESPN3. Ohio at Rutgers on 9/24, then racing home (w/o texting) to watch Jonny Bones.
JON!! Buy or Sell UFC heavyweights (velasquez, JDS etc.) have a better shot at beating the Klitschko brothers than any boxers out there?
Who are those 'boxers out there'? There aren't any! That shouldn't take away from how great those Klitschko cats are.
Is Rockhold really better than Jacare ?? Look at the resumes, ..I don't think so, maybe after a title defense though
I don't think so either. Rankings are difficult in that sense. Hard to weigh the body of work against the head-to-head result.
evan velez vs. dave morgan in a few weeks in pa. Two future Flyweight contenders!
Keep me posted.
Ellenberger 2nd round KO! Will fight Condit for the tilte early next year!
That's a rematch I'd love to see.
How big of a sacrifice is it really for Overeem to not fight overseas per his new ufc contract?
I'd imagine he is being well compensated.
lesnar takes out reem and then fights jds for the title and destroys him as well
You really believe that? I'd love to see Brock realize that glory, but that's a tough sell for me.
If Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson is not on the Fox telecast, talk about dropping the ball. One of the very best AND relevant fights to be relegated to Facebook? I don't think anyone at UFC is that stupid.
I'm not sure your assessment is fair, JL. If there is a way for the UFC to put the Guida-Henderson fight on FOX, rest assured, they will. But perhaps that fight lands on another network or something. I think we should wait and see how they handle it. And hopefully it all works out.
Do you think that there may be a chin issue with Schaub? And what does it say about Cro Cop at this point that Big Nog was able to finish Schaub?
Schaub seems a touch overconfident in his chin. He should keeps his hands up and recognize when he needs to use his defensive instincts.
What is facebook?
I'm not sure. I'm on Twitter, though.
For some reason feel like Cain is getting no respect?? Everyone picking JDS
Saw Warrior last weekend, nicely done, sir. Legit movie, too. I enjoyed it very much.Excited for GSP Condit. Either GSP by decision or Condit by strikes your pick?
Thanks, Alexis. I like GSP on points, but I think Condit will bloody the champion.
Wat is it about lesnar that you (we) love so much the guy can't fight standing?
I guess I'm just in awe of him from a physical standpoint. There is something so exciting to me about him walking to the cage and subsequently competing. Recognizing fully his stand-up defenciencies, he's still one of my favorite fighters on the roster. Can't help myself.
Do you not watch prelim UFC matches on facebook Chost? There are some good free fights!!
I use my wife's account. Shhhhhh...
Alright, ladies. I'm outta here. Overflow questions can be sent my way on Twitter- @Jon_Anik. We'll see you Friday for MMA Live. And please go see Warrior...not b/c I'm in it...but b/c it's one of the best movies of 2011. Thanks for chatting with me. Enjoy the fights in New Orleans. And I hope Mayweather stays perfect in Vegas. -JA