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November 21, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Brett Okamoto

Brett Okamoto
  (1:03 PM)

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving, chatters. Great time of the year. Annnnd, the curse of 2012 is nearly over. As a guy who occasionally gambles in Vegas, I've come to believe in a few things. Positive thinking ... and hot and cold runs. This was a cold run injury-wise for the UFC. Next year, it will level out and we won't see half the cards fall apart due to injury. I know it. Positive thinking people. Let's chat.

Chris bassett va [via mobile]

Hi brett, congraltions on your picks . I think after ufc 154 alot of us belive gsp is great but hendricks is desering of a title fight or diaz ? Anderson vs gsp a bad fight for gsp anderson should fight jones or a excting heavyweight? wha t did u take from 154 ? Thanks

Brett Okamoto
  (1:05 PM)

I guess I didn't really take anything all that new from 154. It was an awesome fight, buuuut I don't really think anything now that I didn't before. I still think Anderson is way to big for GSP. I guess if there is one observation I made, it was that GSP doesn't even seem all that into the idea of fighting Anderson ... but I think he'll get pressured into the fight anyway. Hendricks was terrific, but we already knew he was heavy handed. He'd be a great matchup for GSP because of that plus his defensive wrestling. But even though I think it's a mismatch, I'd like to see GSP/Anderson get made because of the attention it would bring to the sport.

Cameron (Auckland (NZ) )

Any firm decision on Daniel Cormier yet or is he waiting for Frank Mir to get better?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:07 PM)

Yep, Cormier is fighting Dion Staring in the final Strikeforce card, then coming to UFC. Mir is back in the gym, just saw him yesterday actually ... he's taking it easy on the knee but he'd be ready around February, March. I think he wants to fight Cormier and gotta believe the UFC would be interested in that fight when they officially bring Daniel over.

Chris (Boston)

What are the odds that the Strikeforce January card gets cancelled? Melendez is already out and everyone knows Strikeforce is dead in the water.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:07 PM)

Contractually, Zuffa still owes Showtime a card, so it will happen.

Rasheed stanleytown va [via mobile]

Hi brett' what think about anderson vs a top heavweight he' s amazing fighter thanks

Brett Okamoto
  (1:09 PM)

Heavyweight isn't happening for Anderson, if he's going to move up in weight there are plenty of challenges for him at 205. What's interesting is that he said he sees two super fights in his future while he was in Montreal. So, maybe there's hope for that JJ fight.

Merrit MA [via mobile]

Will John Jones ever fight Anderson Silva?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:10 PM)

And on that note ... if I had to guess, I would say yes. If GSP/Anderson does well, which I'm not 100 percent sure it sells 100k tickets in Dallas but it will still be a success. PPV numbers will be great, over 1 million. The attention would immediately turn to Anderson/Jon Jones. That night, that's what all the questions would focus on. I think barring injury, we'll see it eventually.

Jerry (Cortland, IL)

Given the advances in MMA over the past 20 years, how many of today's fighters could you drop into UFC 1 and expect them to win? Could you get down to guys as small as Guida, or even Benavidez, and still see them as a favorite?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:12 PM)

Yeah, I think so. As we all know, those guys only knew how to do one thing. There weren't really any sterling athletes at UFC 1 either. Could a time-machined Benavidez beat Royce Gracie in '93? Probably.

Alex (Concord)

What female fighters will Dana bring into the UFC? And who would Ronda face in her first PPV fight since Cyborg is out? Rousey vs. Tate 2?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:14 PM)

It sounds like they'll build a 135-pound roster with about 8-10 girls to start. If Cyborg is out ... which it does look like that's not going to happen right now but I wouldn't say it's dead ... yeah, I think it has to be Tate. There is interest in Sara McMann, but that fight can't headline a PPV. As popular as Ronda is, I think you need an opponent with at least some name recognition if you're going to have her main event a PPV.

James (Gold Coast )

Talking of Real Deal and nicknames, which fighter would have the most unfortunate nickname which didnt quite match his ability? I'm beginning to have less faith in "hands of stone" although "real deal" is probably up there.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:14 PM)

Gotta go with Josh "the fluke" Grispi right now as the most unfortunate nickname.

Nick (Melbourne (Australia))

P4P handicap, just wondering who the hardest hitters in MMA would be? I'd go 1) Michael McDonald 2) Johnny Hendricks 3) Dan Henderson. Martin Kampman hardly seemed to know where he was on the way out of the cage.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:16 PM)

I was texting with my buddy after 154 and I said Hendricks is kind of like a welterweight, southpaw version of Henderson. I wouldn't put Michael McDonald No. 1 ... no complaints with the other two.

Dominck martinville va [via mobile]

Hi brett, i am a big gsp fan but anderson no matter the weight cut is just to big? He and dana seem like bullys gsp does'nt seem exctied ? May fill fincial obligated to ufc what do u think ? Thanks

Brett Okamoto
  (1:18 PM)

Yeah, it's kind of a tough spot for Georges. You could tell the fans in Montreal wanted him to call out Anderson but ... in reality, it sucks, but it's not that fair of a fight. GSP isn't even that big of a welterweight. Silva just got done fighting at 205 a month ago! Just because you have two dominant fighters doesn't mean they have to fight one another. That said, I still want to see it because of what it stands for in the sport, but it's definitely a tough spot for GSP. I expect him to at least be firm on the weight. He's already fighting the bigger guy ... he shouldn't budge much on the weight. It won't end up at 170 because they don't want Anderson holding the belt when it's over, but I can't really see it being higher than 175.

Joe (Ca)

Is it just me or is it weak of Silva to call out the smaller fighter?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:18 PM)

It's not just you. I had a ton of people tweeting me that this weekend.

Matt (Nashville)

How historic will the supposed Silva - GSP fight be for MMA?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:19 PM)

Dallas Cowboys Stadium. I'd guess around 1.3 million PPV buys. Mainstream media would latch onto it. Fighters would make unprecedented paydays. It'd be big.

ryan (wi)

There are boring unanimous decisions and then there is a GSP unanimous decision. Constantly moving and being dominant. Besides the third round scare GSP looked amazing.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:20 PM)

I agree with you, but this GSP decision didn't look like some of the others. He was more aggressive. Honestly, when I heard him say that he had listened to the critics and he was going to take more risks and try to finish fights, I didn't believe him. But he did seem more aggressive this weekend.

Barry (Sc)

What is the true size difference between Silva and GSP? Also, would you agree with the masses that GSP has no chance? I would never count out a champion like GSP, no matter the challenge.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:21 PM)

Yeah, I wouldn't count him out but I really, really, really don't see him winning. True size difference ... in terms of walking around weight? Ideal weight? I'd say in general, Anderson's frame is built to carry about 25 more pounds than GSP?

Josh (Fl)

How impressive was that comeback by GSP in your eyes? Did he look as the same explosive athlete pre ACL?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:22 PM)

Yeah, I thought so. I'm as high on Carlos Condit as everyone else. Lots of media had him in the Top 10 pound for pound heading into that fight. He's real hard to hold down and you saw how offensive he was from his back. He cut up Georges' face with elbows from the ground. Georges did everything he needed to do and he survived the real scary moment with one of the best finishers in the division.

Letty (NYC)

I'm a BJ believer, I think he gives it one last hurrah to show everyone.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:24 PM)

Talked to BJ yesterday, too ... he's looking forward to proving people wrong. He said he knew everyone is expecting him to show up pudgy, get thrown around by the bigger McDonald and generally get beaten up. Says people will be surprised, that he's showing up weighing 175 with abs. We'll see. He did put together a great group of guys in this camp.

Tim (North Olmsted)

Don't you think Mirgliotta was too fast in DQ'ing Sakara? I think he shouldn't given Cote 5 mins to recover and maybe taken a point rather than ending the fight. Your thoughts?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:25 PM)

Yeah, he screwed it up. He should have stopped the bout, let Cote recover, made sure he was good to go then restarted. What he did was basically stop the fight and give Sakara the win, but changed his mind when he saw how blatant the shots to the back of the head were on replay. He told media afterwards he was yelling at Sakara ... I never heard him. Even if he did, okay, stop the fight then and take a point. It happens I guess. Human error.

Kevin (Mile High)

Who would you rather see next for GSP? I would much rather see Hendricks than AS. There are too many quality fighters at 170 to see the belt get hung up again, especially since GSP already fights so infrequently.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:26 PM)

Competitively, I'd want to see him fight Hendricks or Nick Diaz. But if we're getting the biggest show ever in Dallas against Silva? I want that.

Falco (Miami)

Where does Condit go from here? He beat Diaz, giving him Kampman would be a step down. If GSP doesn't fight Hendricks why not let Condit have a go, at least it'll boost Hendricks even more if he wins.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:28 PM)

Nah, not really fair to Hendricks to have him fight a guy coming off a loss. Then if he loses, you lost your No. 1 contender. If Hendricks is going to fight anyone in the meantime, it should be Diaz. For Condit, I don't think Kampmann is a big step down. He was theoretically one win away from a title shot a week ago. And they had that split decision so ... both guys would want the fight.

ronnie cascone (milford ct)

hey brett do you think that if rampage jackson wins his next fight in convincing fashion do you think he will sign again with ufc.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:28 PM)

That's actually a good question ... I'd say not immediately but wouldn't rule out him returning at some point.

Tyler (NH)

Obviously we all know that Silva vs GSP is bound to happen and it's what the UFC wants. Silva seems like he wants to do it as well, do you believe GSP will agree to fight Silva? I think GSP would have to move up in class right?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:29 PM)

He won't go to 185. It would definitely be catchweight.

Justin (Edina)

who the hell is Dion Staring and why is he being allowed in the cage with a top 10 heavyweight like Cormier?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:31 PM)

Well ... says here on his Wikipedia page he's a Dutch mixed martial artist who starred in TV commercials after serving in the military. Huh. I'll be honest, I know next to nothing about Staring. Clearly, they didn't want to pull a UFC guy onto the final Strikeforce card, or the ones they asked weren't willing. They needed a heavyweight that wasn't signed ... which is hard to find these days ... and Staring was the best option.

Matt (NJ)

True or False: there is no better moment in combat sports than seeing a dominant champion in trouble and how they react (like GSP in that 3rd round).

Brett Okamoto
  (1:32 PM)

True. Reminded me of Floyd Mayweather getting popped by Shane Mosley in the second round of their fight two years ago and for that one moment you were like, oh man, Floyd's going down! But then he reacted brilliantly and you came away even more impressed by him than when he dominates.

Mark (CHICAGO)

Hi Brett,What do you think should be next for Condit? Do you think that he can build his way to a rematch ?THANKS

Brett Okamoto
  (1:33 PM)

Similar question but I'll add that yeah, absolutely, Carlos could make his way back to the title picture no problem. He's got that win over Rory MacDonald, too, maybe at one point if Rory keeps rolling they give him a shot at avenging that. Carlos beats him again ... that would elevate him to title contention. I'd set the line at -145 for Carlos getting back to a title fight.

Jon (TX)

Will an interim MW title be issued if the GSP-Spider is made?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:34 PM)

Who knows? We'll have to see who wins these middleweight fights (Bisping/Belfort's a big one), what happens to Chris Weidman (who is reportedly injured and out of the Tim Boetsch fight, by the way).

Justin (Edina)

I'd rather see a Cowboy stadium card with Silva vs Weirdman as the headliner and GSP vs Hendricks as the Co-main

Brett Okamoto
  (1:34 PM)

That ain't happening.

Jeff (Southgate, MI)

Why does nobody like the idea of a GSP-Silva superfight? i've been waiting 5 years for this

Brett Okamoto
  (1:35 PM)

I definitely wouldn't say nobody likes it. Plenty of people like it. It'd end up the best selling fight in UFC history. It's just that the people who don't like it are being pretty loud about the fact they don't like it. Casual fan buys that fight.

Will (Nc)

To overcome acl and to fight Condit right out of the gate, well, IMPRESSIVE.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:35 PM)

Indeed.

Vince (Hoboken)

Hi Brett, GSP is just an amazing wrestler, he takes everyone down at will, not great for viewing by casual fans but very impressive how he just controls the fight. That said, is there anyone who can compete with that?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:37 PM)

Hendricks doesn't have amazing offensive wrestling, he hasn't molded it fluidly into his MMA game yet, but his DEFENSIVE wrestling is superb. GSP would have a very hard time taking him down. GSP is still more skilled on his feet, but Hendricks is so heavy handed ... there would be drama in that fight. Other than that, Anderson of course, because he's much bigger, has a tricky guard. I will say that one of the previous questions asked what I took from the 154 and I said not much new, actually, I give Nick Diaz less of a chance against GSP than I originally thought. He'd get held down.

Nathan (Vancouver)

Why is the pressure on GSP to fight Silva and not on Silva to fight Bones? I hope GSP tells Silva to go duck himself (small pun)

Brett Okamoto
  (1:38 PM)

Good point.

Amit (Philippines)

We've watched GSP think about the Anderson Silva fight since after BJ Penn I, then after Fitch, and every press conference after, after Sonnen I, after 'if he beats Vitor and he beats Shields, it's going to happen, and now this one.... The ball has been in GSP's court for this fight for years... Why doesn't GSP just say "no, I will fight Anderson Silva?" It's quite annoying when you have that fight overshadowing every time GSP fights.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:40 PM)

Yeah, and it's kind of weird that now it seems like it's going to happen and yet ... there are a ton of good fights for GSP at 170 pounds. Before, I was all about the super fight because it was like really? We're going to see a Josh Koscheck rematch? Then a Jon Fitch rematch? After he'd fought the likes of Hardy and Alves? Let's challenge the guy. Didn't happen. Now we're going to move the guy up? When he has challenges all over 170? Kinda weird.

Old Yeller (WISC)

I don't even want to see a Silva-GSP fight, like you said GSP isn't really interested and will be simply doing it for money. It's not his fault Silva's division is weaker.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:41 PM)

You'd buy the PPV, though, wouldn't you? See, everyone complaining about the fight ... I still believe they buy the PPV. Because you're not gonna say, I'm a huge MMA fan but I wasn't watching when Silva fought St. Pierre. So you'll have the hardcores and you'll have the casual fans. Mega fight.

mike (sf)

Did Weidman pull out of 155 because of Hurricane Sandy? Or is he hurt?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:42 PM)

Report said undisclosed injury.

Rick (Kansas)

According to MMAJunkie Sara McMann already signed with UFC. Just an FYI

Brett Okamoto
  (1:42 PM)

Yeah she's signing with the UFC but that doesn't mean she's getting Rousey in her first fight.

tdiddy (winnipeg) [via mobile]

As a Canadian it is almost treasonous to cheer against GSP. But I just don't like his style of fighting. It's boring and he should get as much flak as Jon Fitch for his lay and pray. It was a more exciting fight than his prior few but I fear that his bell getting rung will make him more likely to take things to the ground, and do whatever he does down there , in future title fights. Get ready for more of the same. And there really should be no argument that Hendricks deserves the title shot. Beat Fitch, Kos and Kampman in a year. Case closed.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:44 PM)

Yeah, I agree. If GSP doesn't end up fighting Silva and defends his belt, has to be against Hendricks. He's only lost once to Rick Story and I swear, either he had the flu or his dog died or something because I literally remember being in the arena watching that fight thinking, what's wrong with Johny tonight? As far as GSP's style, everyone is entitled to his opinion. GSP isn't one of my FAVORITE fighters to watch, but I do enjoy it because of how good he is. If you really pay attention to the little things, his range, his feints, the timing of his takedowns ... it's just so impressive. Not highlight impressive, but impressive.

Josh (Akron, OH)

Ignoring that GSP does not seem too interested in fighting Silva, if Dana pressures him enough to take the fight, could we see yet another title eliminator for Hendricks? Possibly with Diaz after his suspension?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:46 PM)

I'd be real surprised if Johny didn't fight and decided to wait. That's what he's said he wants to do, but that's a long time. Diaz is going to need a fight. As I've said just about every week for the last month, I would love to see Diaz/MacDonald. But if not that, Hendricks really makes a ton of sense.

Nathan (Vancouver)

Brett, the fans have spoken and the consensus seems to be that GSP is too small and they would prefer if Silva fought Jones. So why are we still talking about GSP/Silva?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:46 PM)

Because it's going to happen.

Ultimate Warrior (Parts Unknown)

How did Carmount get that victory?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:46 PM)

No idea. Lawlor won that fight.

Matt (NJ)

Man, Dana really hates my boy Fitch. He looks like he may be ready to make a run, so lets match him up with a fringe top 10 guy who has the best chance of anyone in the sport to pull off the submission from his back.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:48 PM)

Ehh, maybe. I don't see it as a huge mismatch in favor of Maia. Fitch's submission skills are great. Maia is pretty big at 170 though. I like that fight.

Bob (the Counter)

Football!! I like Ravens -1 and Titans -3

Brett Okamoto
  (1:49 PM)

Cincy -8. Jacksonville +3. Chicago and Cleveland PICK.

Matt (Nashville)

Buy or Sell: Jim Miller is a better matchup for Joe Lauzon than Gray Maynard was.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:50 PM)

Buy. Edgar knocked out Maynard but despite that, I still think Maynard has a great chin. So, Lauzon was going to struggle hurting him on the feet and I didn't see one of those Lauzonesque, early sub victories over a guy like Gray. Miller has a better gas tank than Gray, but yeah. Easier fight for Joe.

Jeff (Southgate, MI)

i think gsp would beat silva, am i crazy?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:52 PM)

I was talking to a trainer here in Las Vegas yesterday who was convinced GSP would beat Silva. Said his explosive takedowns would definitely get Silva to the ground, even despite the size. I think he and you are crazy.

Mimmy Rodgers (Cali)

Brett, why is the UFC so hung up on Dallas Stadium when both Brazil and Canada seem like more rabid markets for a super fight (especially between GSP in Canada and Silva in Brazil)?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:54 PM)

They've wanted to do a stadium show in the US for a long time and this way you have Canadians traveling, Brazilians traveling and the US fan base. Not sure you'd have a ton of US fans traveling to the fight if it were in soccer stadium in Brazil. But that remains an option ... just from a competitive standpoint, too, this feels like a fight that needs to take place at a neutral site, ya know?

James (CT)

The best fighter at the peak of his powers in UFC 1 was probably Ken Shamrock, due to his athleticism. By the time Tito was regularly beating him in the ground he had lost his explosiveness due to age and injury. If you time-machined him in his prime into the current UFC landscape I could see him succeeding. Maybe not winning a belt, but he'd win fights.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:55 PM)

Middle of the pack at best I'd say.

Bob (IN)

Anderson is the all-time greatest no doubt. But it wasn't until Jon Jones arrived that he started buying into a fight with GSP. The knee injury and subsequent layoff for GSP probably doesn't bother him either.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:56 PM)

Yeah, GSP is an easier fight for Anderson than Jon Jones. If we know it, so does he. Georges is a lot younger than Anderson though. Maybe Georges tries to say he needs more time to prepare and tries to put off the fight til either late 2013 or even 2014 in the hope Father Time catches AS.

@PappaFeez (Mom's house)

Open weight fight between Fedor and Anderson right now. Who you got? What's the line?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:57 PM)

Do we know what Fedor is doing? Is he in the gym? Has he let himself go? Line is Anderson -550.

Andy (Chicago)

Brett can GSP take Silva down (ala Chael) and keep him down? Or would Silva be too big?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:59 PM)

I think GSP could/will take Anderson down at least once when they fight. And that will be exciting. But here's where the criticism of GSP's inability to finish guys becomes important not from just an entertainment aspect but of a winning fights aspect. When they fight, he has to take advantage of any opportunity he gets. I can't see him beating Anderson in a 25 minute fight. Just too long to outpoint a guy as dangerous as Silva.

Steve (DC)

I thought it was very interesting that after being floored by the kick GSP was much calmer in the corner than he was after hurting his groin against Alves or the Shields eye poke. For both of those Jackson was in the corner, this time Zahabi obviously. Not saying that's why he was calmer, but I thought it was very noticeable.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:00 PM)

Tough to really break that down and make something of it ... not sure what was going on his head at that moment. I will say, a groin injury and serious eye poke, that's going to affect you the rest of the fight. You can't move like you want or you can't see. You get your bell rung. You come back, okay, I'm good. You move on, ya know?

Justin (Edina)

Whats the holdup with Eddie Alvarez? There's no way any other organization is offering him half of what the ufc is

Brett Okamoto
  (2:01 PM)

Negotiations man. Run up the price. Make the other side sweat. I'm not really a businessman but the time is right to get Eddie paid. When you're coming in from outside the UFC and you have hype behind you, you have leverage.

Miggy (Philly)

How do you see Fitch-Maia playing out? Love that fight. Tough luck with the Panthers last week, who you got this week?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:03 PM)

Brutal luck with the Panthers. Heartbreaking. Tough to predict how Fitch's wrestling will do. Maia fought Mark Munoz, who is a world class wrestler but is still transitioning it into his MMA game. He fought Weidman in a weird fight that was mostly standup. I think Fitch can blanket him a bit, but Mais is big, can create scrambles. I think it will turn into a fun fight.

Chuck (IL.)

Brett - Did Stephan Patrick Bonnar screw up his chances at moving into a commentating role with the UFC and/or Fox?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:04 PM)

Nah. Bonnar is incredibly likeable, he's still done a lot for the UFC and he is good on camera. This latest screwup won't put him permanently in the UFC's bad graces. When things cool down, if Bonnar wants to commentate, I think he'll be there.

Jeff (Cooperstown)

The early line is out on Phil Davis, he's -375 to beat Forrest Griffin. I don't see how Griffin could win that fight, i see him more like 10-1 underdog.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:06 PM)

Yeah, I'd say that lines about right. Could probably be a little higher. Griffin doesn't have a ton of KO power. So you're thinking he would need a decision to get the win ... his wrestling is underrated but eventually Davis is probably getting him to his back where he most likely won't be able to get up.

Ken (ca.)

Diaz is coming off a loss too, he doesn't really deserve Hendricks right now if GSP/Silva happens does he? Diaz vs Condit 2 would be more interesting .......

Brett Okamoto
  (2:07 PM)

Sorry, I know this is unpopular but I still think Diaz won that Condit fight. I've only rewatched it once and wasn't really scoring it, but live I thought Diaz won. Either way, the fight was close, and if Diaz doesn't fight Hendricks then who does? If they need to keep Hendricks busy, Diaz is the only guy that makes sense unless you promote Rory that high after he beats BJ.

@PappaFeez (Mom's house)

How long does GSP/Silva last? O/U 3 minutes?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:09 PM)

Definitely over. I'm all over that prop bet if that's the line. I'd put the line at ... 10.5 minutes.

mark (yo momma)

brett how excited are you about the upcoming ufc on fox card if it stays injury free i think its a better deeper card then alotta of the ppvs weve had this year your thoughts?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:10 PM)

Definitely pumped. Great story lines. Love watching BJ fight ... love watching Matt Brown fight. Critical moment for Shogun. He's allowed to lose, but if he gets dominated, it's not good.

Sammy (Stockton)

I'm surprised you don't give Nate Diaz much of a chance against Bendo. You were one of the few guys on Nate as he rose to the top of the division.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:11 PM)

I was. Still am. But what's Nate's kryptonite? Bigger guys who can outwrestle him. Henderson is durable and virtually unsubmittable.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:11 PM)

Great gas tank, too. Which is always important against the Diaz bros.

Rick (Kansas)

I'll try one more time. Nobody used the size excuse when Hendo and Fedor agreed to fight. How is it any different than GSP and Anderson? Seems like GSP and his fans are already making excuses for a loss that may or may not even occur.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:13 PM)

The size difference is bigger here. Anderson is a decent size light heavyweight. Georges is an average size welterweight. Plus, these two don't HAVE to fight each other. Anderson is calling out the smaller guy, that's why people have a problem with it. In SF, Dan wanted the fight as much as Fedor did.

Hank (Cooperstown)

How in the world can Forrest beat Phil Davis? I'm trying to pick a scenario and I can't come up with one.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:14 PM)

Well timed knee on a double leg? ... Maybe?

mike (sf)

what caliber of fights do you think they will put on the gsp vs silva card? Another championship fight? Ronda rousey? Or a bunch of filler?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:14 PM)

I could see it either way, but my guess is they'd make the card strong top to bottom.

Rashard Evans (Training)

Isn't GSP's strength out pointing guys over the course of a fight?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:15 PM)

Yeah, but Anderson's strength is knocking guys out. If I'm GSP, I don't want to have to beat Anderson for 25 minutes. I want to take him down and be able to finish him. Not have to repeatedly take him down over the course of the fight.

@PappaFeez (Mom's house)

-550???!?!?!?!??!Your love for AS is insane.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:17 PM)

A retired 36-year-old who's biggest win in the last four years was over Andrei Arlovski against the best fighter in the world who actually wouldn't be giving up THAT much size in a heavyweight fight? -550.

Stoke (Oregon)

Do people ever call you Brent instead of Brett?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:17 PM)

Happens fairly regularly.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:17 PM)

The real problems come with the last name though.

Billy (NY)

When is Jon Jones going to stop fighting 185 lbs fighters (Belfort, Sonnen, possibly Silva) and move up to fight the big boys at heavyweight?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:18 PM)

2014. Don't think it happens next year. Why take the risk? Fighting bigger guys is not easy and he's 25. No rush. He'll get there eventually. Don't take years off your career by doing it too early.

Billy (NY)

Bigger chance of an upset... BJ Penn of Shogun Rua?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:18 PM)

Shogun.

Adam (Long Beach)

People always talk about Silva being far too big for GSP, but aren't Condit and Silva almost the exactly the same size? 6'2 76-77 in reach?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:19 PM)

Interesting point. It's their frames though. There's more to size than just weight and reach. I guess it's tough to describe, but when I stand next to Anderson in person he feels MUCH bigger than Condit.

Jeff (Southgate, MI)

if nate diaz wins the belt, how many times do you think he would defend it

Brett Okamoto
  (2:21 PM)

Tough to say, lightweight is so stacked. I think he could beat Cerrone again, but it would be virtually a pick 'em type fight. I think he could beat Pettis but again, could go either way. He's beat Gray Maynard before. I could see him hanging onto it.

Justin (Colorado)

Dan Hardy says he wants Josh Koscheck. How would that fight go?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:21 PM)

We would see that Hardy's wrestling has improved but not enough to fight Josh Koscheck.

Andy (Chicago)

Is Diaz hungry to get back to fighting?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:22 PM)

I have to believe so. His lawyer is still running appeals to his suspension (and fine) through Nevada court systems.

Joey (NY)

After he beats BJ? So are you giving BJ Penn very little chance to win?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:23 PM)

Pretty much. I'm not dismissing BJ at all and I think if he does win the fight, believe it or not it will be by submission, but size matters in MMA man. BJ likes to believe it doesn't, but it does.

Jeff (Southgate, MI)

what do you think the odds of jon jones and alistair overeem fighting in the future are?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:24 PM)

I'd say good. Jones is going to heavyweight eventually and as of right now, there are like what, around five legitimate opponents for him? Junior, Alistair, Cain, Cormier. A few others would be fun of course but those are the guys he'd be fighting. Alistair will still be around in 2014.

Paul (Australia)

Why would anyone buy overpriced tickets to a Cowboys Stadium UFC event? You would be so far away from the action you would be looking up at the big screen the whole time anyway.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:25 PM)

Fans do that in arena shows right now. I've been to DCS one time and it was when Pacquiao fought Clottey and as a fan, you could do worse than be in the arena and be watching that screen the whole time.

Alexis (Chula Vista, CA)

Hey Brett, how do you see Diaz beating Henderson? It'd have to be by sub right?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:27 PM)

He could hurt Ben on the feet, too. Ben has good reach, good jab, he backs guys up then takes them down against the fence, but he does get hit. He never shows it, amazingly, but I saw Frankie light him up a few times on the feet. Diaz's volume punching is tough on anybody. The reason I'm picking Ben is wrestling. I'm not giving Diaz no shot, he could definitely win, but I think Ben's wrestling will be the difference.

Chris (Chicago)

I was surprised by how much bigger (height-wise) Condit seemed compared to GSP. Do you think AS would only have a ~3 inch height advantage over GSP or is Georges a little shorter than listed?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:27 PM)

GSP might be a little shorter than listed.

jeremy (syracuse, ny)

whoa wait a minute benavidez over royce has marriage already made you crazy?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:29 PM)

You gotta remember that nobody knew what they were doing on the ground with Royce. Not saying he wasn't a legendary grappler, but guys didn't even know how to counter what he was doing. You know how much faster time-machine Benavidez would be than Royce? Circle, circle, combination, leg kick, circle. I don't know if Royce would ever get him down.

hector (chicago)

gsp schooled koscheck and kos beat hendrick in many peoples mind. too much too fast for hendrick! kampman was tailor made for him

Brett Okamoto
  (2:31 PM)

Hendricks' power man, it's what makes the fight interesting. I agree Kampmann was tailormade for Hendricks. Shook my head at people who picked Kampmann in the fight. He's extremely vulnerable to slow starts and left hooks ...

Eric (Indiana)

Your taking the browns to beat the steelers. That as bold as declaring page will recapture the 205 title.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:31 PM)

Charlie Batch is not good.

Stoke (Oregon)

Did you see the Keven James movie?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:32 PM)

I actually have not. You know what that is? That's an iTunes rental on the flight to Chicago for the Fox card next year.

Steve (WI)

If BJ comes into the fight in shape and motivated, what chances do you give him of pulling off the upset?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:33 PM)

Man ... tough to say. On one hand, I want to give an in shape, motivated BJ a 45% chance or higher just because we all know how talented he is. On the other hand, this is kind of like talking about the GSP/Anderson fight. The size difference is ridiculous. Rory would be an average size middleweight no problem. To answer your question ... 20%.

Josh (Muskegon, MI)

Not a lot of talk about the heavyweights for 2013 but that division excites me maybe the most with cormier coming in and the Reem coming back. Should be a couple awesome title fights against Dos Santos. u agree?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:35 PM)

For sure, the top five guys are exciting and will have awesome fights. There's a gap after that though. I like some other heavyweights, exciting talented group, but none of them really have what it takes to knock off the elite guys so it makes the division slightly less interesting.

Alan ((Coconut Creek, FL))

Brett, instead of boring fans with having Henderson fight Machida why not give us Evans vs. Henderson? Bigger fight than their current options.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:36 PM)

Well, I like the fight but if Rashad wins then what do you do with him? You can't have him fight Jon Jones next year and then you've kind of killed yourself by knocking Henderson out of title contention. How come you don't like Henderson, Machida? I think it could be a fun fight. Henderson isn't in many dull ones.

Nathan (Vancouver)

Brett, why no love for Shogun? The guy is a warrior in the cage

Brett Okamoto
  (2:37 PM)

He's slow. I will say that Brandon Vera looked good in that fight. It wasn't that Shogun looked awful, it's that Brandon came to fight and we've always, always said that Brandon has a ton of potential. So, I'm not basing it on that. I just think his style is to walk a guy like Gustafsson down and Gus has the counter punches and cage awareness to win that type of fight.

jeremy (syracuse)

i don't care if he moves at the speed of light! 125 lbs against a prime royce? submission from guard if he has too and held a little after tap...

Brett Okamoto
  (2:38 PM)

Agree to disagree. Build a time machine and I'll get Joe on board.

DFA (Edmonton)

Lotta people not liking the GSP / Silva fight but in reality he's not going to do any worse than Bonnar or Irving or Forrest. AS has had the benefit of very favorable matchups when he has moved up in weight and if GSP were given the same favorable matchups at 185 I think he would be just as dominant. Not to say GSP will win because there is still a big size difference but I think its a competitive fight.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:39 PM)

I agree with what you said about favorable matchups for Anderson at 205 but that doesn't have much basis on what would happen in a fight with GSP.

Heath (NY)

A nice long Thanksgiving chat today... thanks moto!

Brett Okamoto
  (2:39 PM)

Good questions today, feel like we're on a roll.

Josh (Muskegon, MI)

Brett I respect your work you do on mma for espn but you seriously need to sit down and score every round of that condit-diaz fight. I understand when casual fans say diaz won that fight but I don't even like to talk mma with people who think that. Condit had a game plan and had success with it, the fight clearly didn't go the way diaz had planned

Brett Okamoto
  (2:40 PM)

Fair enough. I'll go back and watch it.

RL (DC)

GSP vs Anderson @ 185, no matter the results, GSP will be the interim champ @185, give 170 to McDonald and Anderson moves to 205 for JJ then retirement. your opinion, whats my chance?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:40 PM)

Hmmmm, no. You're going to make GSP the interim champ ... when no interim belt is on the line ... even if he loses? Come on son.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:42 PM)

Awesome chat today guys, let's close it down for the day. Enjoy the holiday tomorrow. Hit me on Twitter about everything MMA and sports gambling related (I like talking NFL picks with ya) @bokamotoESPN. We'll see ya next week.