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January 30, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Brett Okamoto

Brett Okamoto
  (1:04 PM)

Personally, if I'm only catching one UFC PPV this year, 156 has to be a strong consideration ... right? Aldo/Edgar is pretty amazing fight. Honestly ... Evans/Nog doesn't do as much for me but I'm interested to see how Evans bounces back from what had to be the toughest loss of his career. Expecting Overeem to have an easy night, but we'll see if he slips up. Fitch/Maia and Benavidez/McCall are just awesome stylistic fights. Should be a good night. Let's hear your comments.

nick (Melbourne (Australia))

Hi Brett, Good article on Joe Benv. One point made was if he wins against Creepy, does he get an immediate rematch or does he wait for DJ to defend a few more times. I?d rather DJ defend the title a few more times although the lack of depth at FW is a problem. Thoughts?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:06 PM)

JoeB wants to wait ... which you don't hear every day. I asked him if that had anything to do with maybe the "Urijah Faber" effect. Faber is a teammate as you know and he's received lots of criticism for getting one title shot after another. Joe has gotten one at 125 and he had one at 135 in the WEC, too. Any connection to that? He said no, he hadn't thought of it. He did admit though that hey, if he were to lose to DJ again it would be a long, long road back. He'd rather take some time before then and keep improving.

Brandon (Seattle)

who does anderson silva fight next and when?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:08 PM)

The list of candidates has gotten shorter since the last time we talked. Sounds like Rockhold will fight Belfort. Weidman is really the only guy that makes sense. Dana has said it won't be a super fight ... he'll defend 185. God Bless Cung Le but it should absolutely not be him and I don't think it will be. Dana has said he wants to see what happens with a few other things ... I'm not entirely sure what those things are ... but right now I would have to say Weidman is the favorite and the fight would take place this summer.

Chris (Sydney)

The Zuffa HOF generally takes one fighter a year. What are the rules for entry and is there a cutoff time limit between retirement and entry like some other sports? The reason I say this is that there will be a lot of standouts retiring in the next year or so which might create a bit of a log jam for entry

Brett Okamoto
  (1:10 PM)

I'll be honest, I pay attention to the HOF ceremonies when they induct someone but I don't give it a lot of thought otherwise. Have they consistently inducted one member per year? I don't even know the answer to that. Seems like that's kind of been the format, but they like to just do it when there is a Fan Expo in Las Vegas and there is someone deserving. At the end of the day, the UFC makes all decisions on the HOF, it's not like other sports where it's voted on by sportswriters ... so they can do choose to add 10 guys at once if they wanted to.

Cameron (Auckland)

Ben Fowlkes wrote a piece about TRT and one of the discussion points was brain trauma. Do Zuffa or for that matter any organisations do regular brain scans to see any changes from one fight to the next?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:11 PM)

I know the commission here in Nevada runs tests on brain trauma but for a very long time it was completely voluntary and I think it remains that way. Fighters can participate if they want, but don't have to. Usually, if a guy has a lot of knockouts on his record and the commission is concerned, they will have the guy checked out before they license him to fight.

Cory (US)

Hey Brett, Gannicus vs Spartacus in a 5 round title fight, who ya got?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:11 PM)

Spartacus, but Maximus probably beats them both.

limon,CO [via mobile]

LOV THIS SPPORTS

Brett Okamoto
  (1:11 PM)

Me too Limon.

Nick (Perth)

How much has Benson improved since his last meeting with Petis and who would you favour in a rematch? I?d pick Henderson now?what would the lines be?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:13 PM)

They've both improved. Pettis has always been a guy who has a ton of natural confidence, but he's just on another level right now. He'll throw anything. Ben is kind of like that right now too though, and Ben has ALWAYS said he screwed up in that fight because it was the last WEC fight ever and he wanted it to be exciting. He didn't want to take Pettis down and grind him out. Coming into a rematch, they're both different and they'd both probably approach the other a lot different than the first fight. I'd say the line would be around Henderson -130 or so? Maybe even higher?

James (albany)

To me Rashad Evans is the standout ?tick all the boxes? next Anderson victim, sorry candidate with the only doubt over whether he can make weight (no point him turning up completely drained). For them to fight for the MW title do they have to fight at 185 or can there be ?an agreement to say fight for the title at say?.188 or another figure which Rashad could definitely make?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:15 PM)

If it was for the title, it be at 185. That fight is awesome stylistically, but I really have my doubts on Rashad making 185. So, maybe that's the "thing" Dana is waiting to see before he announces Anderson's next fight but like I said, he's already said he'll be defending his title. And I don't see Rashad dropping that weight very quickly, but maybe for the opportunity, he'll agree to it and just hope for the best.

JRC (in the CAGE)

So if Belfort defeats Rockhold he gets another shot ant Silva??? To me that MORE than justifies another shot. I personally pick Belfort to come out of that fight as the winner the way he has been tearing up all other MW's not named Anderson Silva. Got to hand it to the guy he has been finishing his fights with everybody else in that division

Brett Okamoto
  (1:16 PM)

I agree. You guys know I'm high on Luke Rockhold, I think he gives a lot of middleweights problems but right off the bat, that's a tough fight for him in the UFC. He likes to keep his distance on guys, kick at them a bit, work his wrestling anytime they get close ... Belfort has all that experience, he knows when to swarm a guy, he picks his openings as well as anybody ... if he knocks out Rockhold I'm perfectly fine with him fighting Anderson again.

Stoke (Oregon)

Hey brah!I didn't expect much from Rampage but so, chill brah. But Glover T looked SLOW. So I'm all like, give him a title shot just so we can see Johnny knock the dude out. Thoughts?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:18 PM)

Glover can't beat Jones ... but I kinda knew that before the Rampage fight. Whatever, he can fight Jones when there is no one else deserving but there is someone else deserving ... DAN HENDERSON.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:18 PM)

And on that note ...

Rick (Kansas)

You think if Henderson loses to Machida, Teixiera gets the next title shot? Why else would the showcase him on a free Fox card and set up a bout between Gustaffson and Mousasi?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:20 PM)

I mean, the thought was that yeah, if Glover ends up knocking out Rampage that would be a great way to start the hype for a Glover/Jones fight. It didn't really work though. Not that it backfired or anything, but nobody is like, man, I gotta see Glover/Jones. Except for Stoke in Oregon, who was all like, brah, I gotta see Glover/Jones. The Gus/Mousasi fight is just a cool fight. Gus isn't ready for Jones either, so give him a stylistically cool fight in Sweden again, no problem with that. At the end of the day, all this talk is clouded by the fact nobody at 205 is going to beat Jones. Makes for weird conversation.

JRC (Illinois)

Love Souza and his evolving game. Serious threat in my book. Does he have a fight set in stone yet for his UFC debut?? Souza - Weidman would be a great matchup in my book with me giving the upper hand to Jacare. I mean who wants to put that guy on the ground. Also i think his standup beats Weidman's

Brett Okamoto
  (1:22 PM)

I agree, Souza is a dark horse in all of this. I also agree he and Weidman make for a cool fight, but I kinda don't see it happening right away. Maybe Souza fights Mark Munoz, haven't heard much from him lately. I could even see them giving him a guy like Aaron Simpson first off, someone who could beat him but probably won't ... see how he fares against that type of guy and start promoting him.

nick (Melbourne (Australia))

Dana?s comment about the aborted Cowboys Stadium event headlined by Fedor / Brock got me thinking. To me there are only probably 3 or 4 fighters who could top a Cowboys Stadium Card and there would have to be at least 2 (of the) heavier weight titles at stake in a very very stacked card?.thoughts? Easier to fill a stadium in Brazil or Canada.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:22 PM)

You are correct. If they go to Dallas it's pretty much super fight or bust. I don't even think a Cain/JDS trilogy fight could sell it out. Also, the card would be ridiculously stacked top to bottom.

myles (melrose)

What's next for Joe Lauzon? Nate Diaz?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:24 PM)

Nate is fighting Josh Thomson, which is a cool fight IMO. Lauzon ... Lauzon is young with plenty of time to get better but we kind of have the info on this guy ... he's always exciting to watch but he's gonna struggle beating the elite. Will be a middle tier guy for him next, who he'll probably be a pretty big favorite against.

Matty-Ice (Detroit)

Is Cowboy in the same place as Lauzon? An above average lightweight, puts on exciting fights, but just can't seem to get over the hump? I have an idea, let's have them fight each other next.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:26 PM)

Perfect follow up Matty, thank you. I do not see Cerrone in the same spot as Lauzon. Cerrone is a better fighter and he'll win fights more consistently. Couple things on Cerrone, he ran into a bullet in Chicago. Pettis is peaking right now, he can beat just about anybody. Cerrone also has a huge problem early in big fights. He always starts slow. He came out and just kind of stood in front of Pettis. Pettis looked great but Cerrone looked awful. He needs to get going early in fights, when he doesn't and he's fighting someone good, things like the Pettis liver kick and the Nate Diaz boxing class happen.

@PappaFeez (Dallas)

Bisping/Belcher was just announced. Another loss for the Brit?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:26 PM)

Could be. Even fight. I like Bisping though.

Jose R (Orlando, FL)

chances that if Edgar wins we will have a " rematch "! Aldo has been champ for a long time and it would be warranted but Edgar and his rematches are a little crazy.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:27 PM)

Extremely high. Maybe we should just start calling this Edgar vs. Aldo I.

Monte (Houston, TX)

Other than Edgar Aldo, Fitch Maia is the other fight I am stoked about!! Who you got in that one Brett??

Brett Okamoto
  (1:28 PM)

My Red Ink previews get posted tomorrow, check them out! I like Maia. I hope it doesn't turn into a "grappler vs. grappler so they strike" kind of fight. I want to see what happens when they both go in with the mindset of, "I don't care who this guy is. I'm the better grappler." If that happens, and I think it will, I gotta take the guy who can finish the fight and is bigger and that's Maia.

Matt (Nashville)

After UFC on Fox 6, do you think the UFC is hitting its stride with the Fox broadcasts? The #'s were pretty positive despite headlining with a flyweight title fight & 2 non-household names.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:30 PM)

Yes, the matchups they've put on Fox these last few have really made a lot of sense. Don't forget though, they very likely benefitted from the commercials that were being run during NFL broadcasts. So, we'll see how the numbers continue to move ... but in terms of the product they are putting out, these last two cards especially have been great.

Kyle (Pa)

Why does the media always as Bones when he is moving to heavyweight? He has a ton of fights left at 205, Hendo, Gustaffon, Glover, Davis

Brett Okamoto
  (1:31 PM)

I don't know ... trust me, I'm not one of them. I don't see any reason why he has to put on weight and fight these bigger guys this early in his career. He's just gotten started ... crazy to think but it's true. It's a topic that makes for headlines though, so expect media to ask him about it. Even though he said it could happen this year, I'm skeptical. There's just no reason for him to do it yet.

Miggy (Philly)

Assuming Rashad wins, is he next for Silva? I'd love to see that fight. Also, any strong plays on the undercard?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:33 PM)

You can get Woodley over Hieron at -160 ... that's not a bad price to lay but I would say Hieron is capable of winning that fight so don't bet too much. Honestly, I'd throw some money on Maia at plus-money. I just think his strength matches up very well with Fitch's ... as long as he doesn't gas.

Jose R (Orlando, FL)

If The Reem get past Bigfoot ( which I think he does ) how do you see a fight between him and Cain playing out. The Reems size, strength and violent knees versus Cardio Cain and his relentless attack and speed advantage.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:34 PM)

Cain's cardio seems to me to have the biggest advantage. Reem doesn't have a huge gas tank ... he keeps his hands low to defend the double leg, I could see Cain making him pay for that. He mixes in his takedowns and striking very well. I wouldn't say Cain by a landslide but he's definitely the favorite.

Rick (Kansas)

Any reactions from Dana in regards to Randy Couture signing a contract with bellator?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:35 PM)

Not that I've heard, yet. I'll see him tomorrow. On one hand, it's a puzzling move to me in that if I'm Bellator, why am I signing the same guy who coached the first reality season for the UFC like SIX YEARS AGO? Doesn't that somewhat give the perception that we are very far behind? On the other hand, Couture is a huge name and most new MMA fans probably don't even know he coached season one of TUF so, I get it. Good for Randy though, glad to see him back in a spot like that and I'm sure they paid him well.

suave (manila)

sup brett? can alvarez just not sign with bellator and wait for a year or so, and then sign with the ufc? kindda like what vinny magalhaes did with M1? It would save him the money he'd have to spend in court since i read it would be a long battle in court if he did that .

Brett Okamoto
  (1:36 PM)

I guess he could have sat out an entire year after his 90-day exclusive negotiating period, which would have been about 15 months on the sideline in his prime? Not an easy decision to make. In the long run, that inactivity would definitely cost him money, plus if you sit out a year the UFC probably isn't offering you as lucrative of a contract as they did.

Matt (NJ)

Not overly impressed with Glover. They wont do it, but I think he should be matched up with Bader, because I am not convinced that they arent right around the same level.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:37 PM)

Agree 100%. And I wouldn't be shocked to see them make that fight. Even though Bader lost already, he's actually just as marketable as Glover if not more so. He's aggressive, he's a wrestler but he lets his hands go. I know he lost to Jones already but who cares because like I said earlier, it's not like Glover is giving Jones a hard fight anyway.

LarrySandersJoe (Robin Hood country)

UFC Straw-weight division? Say it ain't so, Brett

Brett Okamoto
  (1:38 PM)

It ain't so ... not right now. Even though there's been talk, I don't see it happening. Give it a few more years though, let the sport grow in places like Mexico and the Philippines, then it will be so.

Tom (Chicago)

Do you think Rampage will end up signing anywhere other than the UFC? I would imagine most organization can pay him the way Dana could.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:40 PM)

I think Rampage will definitely test the free agent market. I'm not sure what he's going to find. I personally don't see why Bellator would sign him if he's asking for a ton of money. They've been disinclined to take UFC castoffs before and here you have a guy who is clearly past his prime. If he comes in and loses, he isn't worth the money. If he comes in and wins ... it makes your 205-pound division look second-rate to the UFC. Not that it can't happen, but I just don't think Bellator will want to part with a lot of money on it. Other fight promotions ... paying a ton of money to one fighter who is past his prime is just not smart MMA business. We'll have to see what happens with Rampage. I could see him taking a Kimbo Slice-ish boxing match then talking to the UFC again.

Tom (Chicago)

Did you think the Dodson/Johnson fight was as controversial as Dana said it was?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:41 PM)

Not really. You could take a point from the knee, or you couldn't. Total judgment call. If he had taken a point, I would have said, cool. He didn't ... I said, cool. You know what I mean? And ultimately, the better fighter won.

Marc (Malden, MA)

I'm a big Cerrone fan, but wow, talk about not showing up.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:42 PM)

Indeed. The big moments screw with Cerrone. Always have, even in WEC. His rematch with Ben Henderson for the title was over before it began. He nearly lost go Melvin Guillard in Denver. He got knocked around and frustrated by Diaz when a title shot was on the line.

Willy Cheapshot (Raleigh, NC)

Hey Brett, my friends throw around hypothetical fights all the time. I am under belief an above average UFC fighter can beat someone much larger who does not have MMA experience. At which weight class would you think is favored over an athlete like say Julius Peppers (6'6 300 lbs) with no professional or amateur fighting experience? I think Cain, Bones, Spider, GSP would win. Ben and Jose... maybe, it's twice their weight.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:43 PM)

ABSOLUTELY Cain, Bones, Spider, GSP, Ben and Jose would all win.

David (Spartanburg)

If you were told that you had to take $100 and turn it into $400 over the next four months by betting on MMA in order to win a prize of a million dollars, what would be your strategy? I personally think the best strategy would be to bet as little as possible and to make your wagers count betting $30 or not betting at all. I think triyng to make a few dollars here and there over sveral fights to add up to $400 would be the wrong way to go.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:45 PM)

You figure that out, you let me know. After living and sports betting in Las Vegas for four years now, I can't consistently make money. If I could, those big casinos wouldn't be there. If it were listed as you said ... I'd definitely pick and choose fights ... really try to not lose anything. Take few risks, lots of favorites.

Trevor (Minneapolis)

Edgar is gonna take a beating for 4 rounds on Saturday. Frankie is gonna pull out his brass balls and storm all the way back in the 5th and knock Aldo out!!!

Brett Okamoto
  (1:46 PM)

Gonna be an awesome fight. Edgar is Jose's biggest challenge so far in WEC or UFC. Best all around guy he's fought and the one with most heart and championship experience. Anything could happen in this one.

Stoke (Oregon)

Hey Brent, Let's get something straight right now! Nobody gave Chael a shot to beat Anderson and he killed him for 99% of both of their fights. That said... bye bye Bones! Jones will lose his title and never get it back!

Brett Okamoto
  (1:47 PM)

I can't cosign on this. Were drugs involved when you made this prediction?

smith (va)

Excited about this weekends card. Who do you have between Joey B and McCall. I love Uncle Creepy's style but my brain says to take Benevidez. How do you see the fight going?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:48 PM)

I like Benavidez. McCall is a great fighter, but I think his best shot at winning this one would be to outwrestle Benavidez and I don't really see that happening. Benavidez will have a speed advantage. He had trouble landing clean shots on DJ but McCall doesn't mind getting hit, almost seems like he likes it.

BKB (Memphis)

Next fight for Shogun?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:49 PM)

I think at this point, Shogun is a litmus test for guys the UFC think might be title contenders but aren't sure. He can't beat the elite of the elite anymore, but he can give any prospect a full run for his money.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:50 PM)

So, maybe Ryan Bader? Phil Davis?

@PappaFeez (Dallas)

RE: Souza----Aaron Simpson fights at 170 now. Maybe give him another ASU guy in CB Dolloway.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:50 PM)

Ah yes, good call. CB is a good replacement for Simpson.

Steve (Chicago)

With the ufc putting more big time fights on free tv, do you see any time in the foreseeable future that they do away with PPV? I know it may sound crazy, but if they generate enough hype and have the viewership, sponsorship, etc. could we see the end of PPV cards?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:51 PM)

Nope, I get this question quite a bit in these chats. The Fox partnership is great and one of the reasons it's great is that it's supposed to help PPV numbers. UFC is a PPV business and always will be as far as I can tell.

Josh (Akron, OH)

In your opinion, how much of an impact will Jose training with Maynard have on the outcome of Aldo/Edgar? Im pulling for Frankie, easily one of my Top 5 fighters, but his is one hell of a tuff fight...

Brett Okamoto
  (1:53 PM)

Maynard wasn't a huge part of his camp this time around. He's been down there and spent time with Jose before, but in terms of this camp, he was injured and only there for the final week or so. The bigger "training camp" impact is on Frankie's side. He worked a lot with Edson Barboza, who I think is about as good a sparring partner you can find to prepare for Jose Aldo.

Marc (Chicago, IL)

Watched the Chicago show live... thought it was a great show... Unfortunately, most of those around me were "unimpressed" with flyweights. Do you think that'll ever change?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:53 PM)

Maybe ... possibly not. Real dedicated MMA fans will like it more and more, I think. Casual fans ... probably won't resonate with the majority of them.

mike (sf)

what do you think uncle creepy's chances are in the benavidez fight?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:54 PM)

I think oddsmakers have Joe around -260? I think that's a little high ... but I still wouldn't bet on McCall. So, I guess I don't think his chances are that great.

Alex (Concord)

Do you see Bellator trying to sign any Strikeforce fighters who are free agents? Or are they going to avoid ex UFC/Strikeforce castofs all together?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:55 PM)

Will be case by case. Like I mentioned with Rampage, I don't think they'd really want to overpay. But if the UFC doesn't pick up a prospect they think has talent? Of course Bellator would be interested.

LarrySandersJoe (Robin Hood country)

Hi. Will this be the first SuperBowl to go into OT?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:56 PM)

Has to happen at some point, right? Let's just say yes, so if we're right we can brag about it.

tdiddy (winnipeg) [via mobile]

Thoughts on Ben Askerins victory last week? Brutal takedowns and GNP but he looks SLOW. See him beating any top 10 UFC 170pounders if he came over tomorrow?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:57 PM)

If they have a hole in their wrestling game, then yeah. We've seen few are as good at Askren at keeping the fight on the ground when he gets it there. I look at the Top 10 welterweights though in the UFC, and I don't really see any wins for Askren among that group right now.

Crystal in VA [via mobile]

Is it safe to say that all of the guys from TUF season one are in the twilight of their careers? I can appreciate a fun fight, but the contendership days are gone.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:58 PM)

Hmmm ... scanning my brain for TUF 1 contenders ... yeah, they're all pretty much done in terms of title contenders. Koscheck is probably the most dangerous one left? Bonnar is gone. Florian gone. Forrest might be gone. Leben, Diego can't string wins together.

David (Spartanburg)

Your picks for Fight of the night, KO of the Night, and Sub of teh night would be......

Brett Okamoto
  (1:59 PM)

Fight: Aldo/Edgar, KO: Overeem, Sub: Volkmann? Dunham?

Guy (Davis)

Devastated by that Rampage loss. He looked terrible. Was he in shape coming into the fight? Any injuries? Any chance we'll see him back?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:00 PM)

He looked in shape at the weigh-in ... but then not in the second and third round. I guess I can understand being devastated if you're a huge Rampage fan but part of you had to have seen that coming. He's lost a step and his cardio has never been terrific. There is a chance we'll see him back though.

Marc (Chicago, IL)

On a scale of 1-10, how excited would be to see Fedor vs Lesnar?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:01 PM)

Right now? I guess still about an 8 or so. I would go in knowing it's not a fight that features two Top 10 heavyweights but just for the fun factor of it .. why not?

David (Spartanburg)

If MMA writers elected a President to their guild to help start moving toward a true MMA HOF. Who do you think would be the guy?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:01 PM)

Not sure, there's a lot of very talented, professional writers in MMA. Of course I'm biased but Josh Gross has covered the sport for more than a decade. He's seen every angle of it. He'd have my vote.

Kraw (Work)

When Bones goes up to heavuweight eventually... do you ever see him coming back to to reign over the light heavyweights again even LATER in his career once they revamp challengers for him? Or once he goes up, hes never coming back?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:02 PM)

I think he would have the option of coming back down if he wanted to. If he was as dominant at heavyweight as he was light heavyweight though, I would expect him to stay there. There's more prestige in combat sports at heavyweight, always has been. If he's winning fights just as easily there, might as well stay there.

Crystal in VA [via mobile]

I think Aldo would be an even bigger marketing pull if he learned English.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:03 PM)

Yeah, you can say that about any fighter in the UFC. The more languages you can speak the better.

Kristina (Indianapolis)

Any word on the UFC finally coming to Indianapolis? It was all but a done deal and then fell through due to venue scheduling and we haven't heard anything since!

Brett Okamoto
  (2:03 PM)

Sorry, haven't heard anything on Indy. Remind me, how did the 119 show (that was Indy, yes?) do? Did the city get into it?

Paulo (Philadelphia)

Do you realistically see Jones/Silva or Jones/GSP happening in 2013?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:04 PM)

Things have to fall into place of course. Let's assume all three remain undefeated ... I think chances of seeing one of those fights by mid 2014 is close to 99%.

Kraw (Work)

I think it will hurt Rockhold that he will fight Belfort in a 3 round fight as opposed to what hes used to as champ 5 rounders... thoughts?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:06 PM)

Certainly a 5-rounder would benefit Rockhold over Belfort, but I don't really see it as a huge disadvantage for Rockhold. Basically, he still has to deal with Belfort's explosiveness early in the fight. Belfort paced himself in the Bisping fight, you could tell, I think Rockhold might go into that fight thinking I know it's scary, but I might need to pressure this guy and see if I can take him down. That sort of goes against his style though, because he likes to fight on the outside. I think he has better defensive skills than Bisping and is better at dictating range, so maybe he thinks he can win that type of fight.

Crystal in VA [via mobile]

I am a huge Showtime fan; however, I think history will repeat itself and he may not fight for the belt any time soon. Your thoughts

Brett Okamoto
  (2:07 PM)

I kind of think he should take another fight. I get him wanting to wait but he's healthy coming out of the win, he's confident, he looks unstoppable ... the only way to REALLY guarantee yourself a title shot is to keep knocking guys out and basically make the fans demand to see you in there. If he waits, someone could get hurt, there could be a controversial decision, whatever.

David (Spartanburg)

After Ronda Armbars Liz in under two minutes her next fight will be against......

Brett Okamoto
  (2:09 PM)

You'd love to say Cybrog Santos but it just doesn't sound like that fight is coming together. Tito is talking about "tune-up" fights at 135 ... man, come on. People aren't even sure what to think about this women's division in the UFC and you expect them to be ok with "tune-up" fights? As Dana said, "seems like she wants nothing to do with Ronda right now." Very disappointing, if true. Was disappointing when she took to Twitter to basically say she was leaving Strikeforce after Ronda's last win.

Brad (Nova Scotia)

Who's got next for TJ Grant?? Guy was in stone cold killer mode last week...

Brett Okamoto
  (2:10 PM)

That guy is always in stone killer mode. He's Rory MacDonaldesque when he fights. No smiles, no emotion of any kind. He's good man, those elbows were great. He was throwing them in his combinations like they were punches. Lots of solid options for him, lightweight is so stacked.

Frank (Chi)

Im from Chicago and watching those fights this weekend I couldnt believe how terrible and uneducated the crowd was, it was embarrasing. Do factors like that prevent the UFC from going back to certain venues?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:11 PM)

If it did, they'd never hold fights in Vegas. Vegas crowds typically don't even show up for prelims and they boo at terrible times just like everyone else. It's part of the sport, really. You have educated fans but boos are contagious when a fight starts to slow down even a little bit.

Rob (Ohio)

Break down the Machida/Hendo fight, who do you see winning and how?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:13 PM)

Ask me that in about two weeks and I'll have a much better answer. I love going back, rewatching fights and trying to pick out certain things that give one guy an edge. Gut reaction right now, is it's a tough fight for Dan Henderson. Machida has the speed advantage. As devastating as the right hand is from Hendo, I think he'll leave himself open when he throws it. You look at the guys he's rocked with it in recent years and most if not all of them have a reputation as guys who get hit often. Bisping gets hit, Fedor gets hit, Shogun gets hit. Machida doesn't really get hit and his takedown defense is very good.

tdiddy (winnipeg) [via mobile]

I'm hoping that Maia doesn't decide to start boxing again. I love watching work his BJJ and seems the best-in-mma-at-his-weightclass as far as bjj goes. I hope he wins, gets GSP, wins that fight and keeps on trucking. Seems like a uber-likeable guy too...

Brett Okamoto
  (2:14 PM)

I'm not sure about the GSP stuff, but I'm with you on the "hope he doesn't box" stuff. After the Silva fight he started working A LOT on his striking and I get it, if you work on something you want to test it in the cage, but he forgot about his grappling skills and it was frustrating to watch. So far at 170 he's been no nonsense, move in, take the guy down, submit him. If he boxes Fitch I think he loses that fight.

David (Spartanburg)

I like how TJ Grant talked about training in Nova Scotia with his team. I think these Super Teams have their place, but something to be said about a team whos biggest focus is you. Thoughts.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:16 PM)

Advantages and disadvantages. I always thought Tito Ortiz's camp in Big Bear, California was cool. He bought Oscar De La Hoya's old place, lived up in the mountains with a boxing coach, strength and conditioning coach, grappling partner. The problem is sparring. You just don't get the work that you get when you're with a team like Greg Jackson's or Tristar.

Arturo (Mexico)

If Guss beats Mousasi, is there a title shot for him or a bout with Glover for number 1 spot?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:17 PM)

I'd say especially if he looks terrific doing it, they'd probably roll him straight into the Jon Jones fight. Depends on what's happening with Jones, too. Does Henderson beat Machida? Is there an opportunity to have him fight Anderson? Gus would still be behind those options in which case he'd probably fight someone like Glover but if those options aren't available, I'd think he gets the shot over Glover.

Jim Bob (the Counter)

So depressed that football's over. Give us some Super Bowl picks? (sides, O/U, props, whatever).

Brett Okamoto
  (2:19 PM)

My buddy was telling me about a decent prop bet, Will Alex Smith take a snap? "Yes" was something like +500. I'd hop on that at 500. Kaepernick could take a hard hit, pull a hammy, need to redo his chin strap, whatever and it's a cashed bet. Maybe it's a SF blowout and they let Smith take a kneel?

Bob (IN)

Red Ink coming soon? Picks for the week?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:19 PM)

Yep, tomorrow. If you're interested in my full card picks hit me on Twitter the night of the fight.

Kevin (Mile High)

After Aldo handles Edgar this weekend, who's next for him? lamas?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:20 PM)

That's a question I want to ask Dana tomorrow. Lamas was real impressive, but is he worth Aldo sticking around? I know Aldo wants to move to 155. He's really itching to do it and prove he can win two belts. But 155 is so stacked with talent, maybe the UFC tells him to wait.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:20 PM)

If he does stay at 145, then yeah I think it's Lamas.

Roger (OH)

Brett, admittedly I'm a diehard boxing fan, as well as being a pretty big MMA fan. Every time I watch Austin Pettis fight, he never ceases to amaze me with seemingly unlimited offensive arsenal. On Saturday, I thought he was attempting the same off-the-cage kick he landed on Henderson and just barely missed it, only to realize after watching the replay that he landed a knee right on the chin. Also his one kick body shot KO of a tough fighter like Cerrone was pretty damn impressive. Count me among the fans who would love to see a rematch between him and Benson as soon as possible. Does Henderson have anything lined up, or is that likely to Pettis likely to be his next defense?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:22 PM)

What's up, Roger? It's actually ANTHONY Pettis, but we won't hold that against you. Glad to have a new fan to MMA. Pettis was in line for a title shot two years ago, accepted another fight in the meantime and lost, which kind of brings us to today. He's said he wants to wait this time. Henderson is scheduled to fight Gilbert Melendez this spring, then Pettis would come next.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:24 PM)

Alright guys, I'm gonna shut it down for the day. Stay tuned to ESPN.com all week, we'll have videos with the fighters, Dana, my Red Ink preview, staff picks ... all that good stuff. We're also rolling out a new live chat on the night of the fight, similar to what we usually do but trying out a new system, so check that out as well. Talk to me during the fights on Twitter anytime, @bokamotoESPN. Enjoy 156 and the Super Bowl. See you back here in seven days.