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February 27, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Brett Okamoto

Brett Okamoto
  (12:59 PM)

Alright, alright ... I'm sorry for missing last week. I swear, the effort was there. I was in a rental car in LA, getting a ride to UFC open workouts and my Internet aircard would not connect to the ESPN server. Doesn't matter, no room for excuses in this game, was my bad. Let's get the questions rolling today, plenty to discuss. UFC 157 was a good night. Happy for the women fighters. Fight really couldn't have gone better. Interested in your take. Let's do this.

Dale(Brandon, ms) [via mobile]

That was the most impressive 1st round title fight I have seen in some time! Cogrates to Sexy Rhonda! She had to worry about The Lizbo's arms , legs , body weight on her back, and her bra falling! Stayed calm and overcame them All! True Champ!

Brett Okamoto
  (1:01 PM)

Agree on all fronts. One slip up there and she could have exposed her neck and it would have been game over. One thing I've learned while talking to a lot of BJJ guys before this fight is Judokas give up their back ALOT. Ronda is composed there, but that's two times in her last three fights she's given up her back ... might be something to keep an eye on. Also, yeah, the bra was moving around a lot in that scramble. Would not have been good for that thing to malfunction in the first ever female fight. Wouldn't be surprised to see her wear a different one in next appearance.

Domnick va. ' workin' [via mobile]

What the chances hendo gets to fight in japan or brazial ? Maybe shogun or little nog

Brett Okamoto
  (1:02 PM)

Not sure ... I don't think the UFC "wouldn't" want him to fight in one those countries but I don't think they'd necessarily push for it either. Dana has mentioned him vs. Rashad makes sense, I would guess that fight takes place in the U.S.

Matt (Nashville)

Thoughts on the Fitch being cut? Where does he go from here?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:04 PM)

I don't agree with it, but I can see why the decision was made from a business standpoint. Where does he go? He tweeted yesterday he should have news soon and he was flying to Japan ... Bellator hasn't expressed much interest in him yet. They say they're already stacked at 170 pounds ... He'll definitely find work. Wouldn't be surprised to hear an announcement come out in the next week.

Geo0088 [via mobile]

I Believe Cain can win VS either silva or jones, so why isnt he considered being one of the top 3 P4P

Brett Okamoto
  (1:05 PM)

Well, I think one reason most people think Cain could beat those guys is that the fight would take place at heavyweight. In a P4P list, you're trying to decide what would happen if everyone is the same weight. I agree, Cain could probably beat those guys at heavyweight, but skills-wise, he's still behind an AS for sure I would say. Also, he's only on a what, 2-fight win streak? It's HARD to crack into the top 3 P4P ... those other guys have been winning for years.

Tyler (Oklahoma)

What fight and fighter are you looking forward to next? Can't wait for Benson to fight Gil.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:07 PM)

I still like GSP/Diaz. If you've been a fan of this sport for awhile, that's just one of those fights where it doesn't matter if both guys are coming off a loss, you'd still want to see it. Ben vs. Gil isn't a bad choice, but I'm pretty up for UFC 158.

Bob : at walmart: [via mobile]

Sure mis pride rules at time,s lyota run, faint, hand movement , kick, one few guys ever that made hendorson boring!!

Brett Okamoto
  (1:09 PM)

Man, we kinda knew it was going to be that type of fight and yet ... it was still frustrating to watch. Machida didn't want to fight Hendo at all on Saturday, let's call it what it is. I'm not hating on the guy, he gets in there and fights the best in the world, but he's barely even countering guys sometimes. He did the same thing against Rampage and it literally cost him the fight. Slept for two rounds. I thought Dan moved forward, hit him with the right hand in the first round, basically nothing happened in the second round and then Lyoto, despite being taken down, got up and landed some good shots in the third to take it. 29-28 Hendo, he wins the second round because he was moving forward and trying to fight. I'll have to watch it again. Most people scored it for Machida. Either way, Machida ... come on man, fight him.

Domnick va. ' workin' [via mobile]

Big hendo fan watched at a bar thought hendo won.But what do i know just a fan looked on twitter how u scored it than josh gross and b.J. Penn , i agreed ? but to close to complain, disappointed yeah but hats off to lyoto. How the crowd go when the decision was read?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:11 PM)

The crowd was booing regardless of who won, just because it was a slow fight. I guess I was frustrated for Dan because he tried to cut off the cage and get him to fight, it can be tough when a guy is that dedicated to staying away from you though. Same thing happened in that Clay, Maynard fiasco last year. Credit to Machida though, he got the win.

Decammy Lee (Los Angels, Ca)

hey Brett just a comment. I love Women in the UFC and that night proved that they deserve the main event. I couldn't imagine 5 rounds of that Hendo fight. But everyone thinks that Ronda is a one trick pony but I don't think so why try to win in another way for if the arm bar is there. Just like Chuck Liddell back in the days they know he wants to knock you out but you can't stop it and no one criticize him. But I think she's already a big Star and the haters can hate all they want she will sell more ppv than most of the lower weight men as long as shes the champ. And the girls in the UFC should thank (Miesha Tate) her cause they are going to benefit too off of her Stardom.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:12 PM)

No doubt, Miesha had an impact on Rousey's stardom in a positive way. I agree with you, I think Ronda has other tools. Just watching her workout last week, she seems comfortable with her standup, looked explosive. Will only get better. She only started really training the other parts of her game in the last couple years.

Matt (Nashville)

Any insight into what changed Dana's mind on TRT?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:13 PM)

I would say ... Vitor Belfort has something to do with it.

Matt (Nashville)

Buy or Sell: Jones vs. Machida II happens before Jones vs. Gustaffson.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:13 PM)

Ehhhhhh .............. I guess I'll buy.

@PappaFeez (Dallas)

What happens once Stann destroys Wandy? Wandy retire? Stann becomes gatekeeper at 185?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:15 PM)

First off, I wouldn't chalk this up as an easy KO for Stann. I rewatched the Leben fight where Wand got knocked out in 20 seconds and he got tagged right behind the ear. Anybody is going down from that. I'm not saying he has a GREAT chin, but I think that part gets overplayed a little bit. Wand has slowed way down, but he's so smart. He's got all that experience. If he can get Stann to come after him a little by circling around the cage as he has, he could land a big counter shot. I'm not counting him out. That said, I understand why most are picking Stann ... if it's a knockout I gotta believe Wand is done at least in the UFC and Stann drops back to 185 and tries to get back in the mix.

Mark (Marlborough)

Is Bellator over protective as being percieved as a UFC Cast Off home? Why not get Fitch, Sass, Etim and Volkmann into their fold?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:17 PM)

They've signed Volkmann. Fitch ... I mean, you can't blame them for not wanting to sign him, have him beat all their 170ers and then have to listen to Dana yell, "See?!? Our No. 9 guy runs through their entire roster! Bahahahahaa!" That said, I think Fitch/Askren would be a big fight for them so I'd like to see it happen, but appears as though Fitch is going another direction for now.

Alex (Concord)

Dana and Zuffa want better athletes in the UFC. How can they get Olympians from Judo, Wrestling, & Taekwondo to come in and help add to the heavyweight, 205 and women's division?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:18 PM)

Just keep doing what they're doing. People see Ronda, who couldn't pay her bills as a Judoka, cashing huge paydays and headlining PPVs, they're going to say, OK, I'll do that. Promoting the sport and giving athletes that opportunity to compete and make money, that's really the best advertising the UFC can do.

Eric (Cypress)

Three part question 1 first to get a champenship jj watt or cheal. Sonen 2 do you think that if silvea loses on Saturday he gets cut 3 who's side are you on in this rousey vs cyborg thing

Brett Okamoto
  (1:20 PM)

JJ Watt huh? Random. I like it. I like random. 1. JJ Watt, but they gotta get rid of Schaub. 2. Cut is a harsh word, more like the Dana speech of, "I don't want to make more money on Wandy knockouts, I like him too much. 3. I'm on Ronda's side. There is no 145-pound division and YOU'RE COMING OFF A SUSPENSION. You have leverage from what you've accomplished in the past but right now, you need Ronda a lot more than she needs you.

James (CT)

Only Lyoto Machida could make a fight against Dan Henderson boring

Brett Okamoto
  (1:20 PM)

Nothing to add here, just posting.

Gerry (San Francisco, CA)

With Dana praising the former and "hungry" Strikeforce fighters over the weekend, is it fair to say that the rest of the UFC roster should be put on notice?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:21 PM)

I would say the entire roster has been put on notice because of all those cuts, not because a couple Strikeforce guys have happened to be in good fights so far.

Dakota (TN) [via mobile]

When will we c cain defend his tittle and who would b a contender

Brett Okamoto
  (1:23 PM)

Memorial Day weekend, UFC 160 in Las Vegas. Facing Antonio Silva. Can't blame anyone who decides to spend that particular $60 on a new sweater or something instead of watching that fight. Can't imagine it's close.

Gerry (San Francisco, CA)

Who is more likely to stay undefeated in their fighting career: Rousey or Mayweather?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:23 PM)

Dude, Mayweather by 100000000 percent. Rousey is just getting started and she's in a sport more upset prone due to subs and small gloves.

Sandy (Gainesville)

Do you think Matt Riddle deserved to be cut from the UFC? If you count the no contests as wins then he'd be at a 4 fight win streak. If those 4 wins were KOs do you think they'd still be cutting him? Or is his wrestling style something they dislike (like Fitch) and they're using the marijuana thing as an excuse? Or maybe they're trying to make an example of him, no tolerance?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:26 PM)

I think he was probably on thin ice anyway. He spoke out against the UFC before his last fight, complaining about their matchmaking and saying he'd been lied to. The whole "wrestling" style of Riddle has been blown way out of proportion. He fought a standup fight against Henry Martinez, who is a 155er he could have taken down at any time. I feel bad for the guy because yeah, he hasn't had a legit loss in awhile, but that said, lay off the pot, bro. You keep getting suspended and yeah, the UFC has a very legitimate reason to cut you.

Sandy (Gainesville)

Dana White says if Aldo wants to move to 155 he'd have to stay there? Does that mean if he beats Pettis and moves up a class that he'd be forced to vacate his 145 title?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:27 PM)

That's how I take it, which is dumb because 155 is soooo stacked. Why not let him move up for that one fight, if he wins the belt, cool, he becomes just the third athlete to ever win in two weight classes. I understand it would suck having him vacate it right away, but you need him at 145 more and that's what Jose has told me in the past, that he would want to move back down. And he still, believe it or not, thinks he could make 135 and win three belts.

JP (Columbus, OH)

Brett what's the latest on Diaz? Reports said Dana was awfully close to pulling him from the fight for no-showing events.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:29 PM)

I was there when Dana said that, it was after 157 and I gotta tell you ... I didn't believe him. Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought it was more of a ... Dana playing to the media, drumming up interest and possibly trying to send a message to Nick. They're not going to pull him at this point, with all the money they've spent on promoting the fight. I really wouldn't worry about it if I were you.

Matt (NJ)

Mentioned to you a couple weeks ago I thought Glover should fight Bader...love that they put the fight together. Good measuring stick for Glover.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:29 PM)

Yeah, I agree. Bader could definitely win that.

m. cervantes Huntington Park Ca. [via mobile]

What is you prediction for gsp vs. Diaz fight.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:31 PM)

I'll have a better idea when the fight gets a little closer and I rewatch some of their fights but GSP's wrestling will be huge, as it always is. I give Nick a good shot at getting back to his feet though. He's conditioned, which is big in a GSP fight and he's got a good guard. He'll be able to create space, threaten with subs, get back up. On the feet, that's going to be awesome to watch. GSP's jab and kickboxing vs. Nick's pressure and accuracy. I think GSP still wins the standup just because that jab is so hard to get around, but I can't wait to see it.

Matty-Ice (Detroit)

Is the WSOF going to scoop up a lot of these guys who were cut?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:32 PM)

Yeah, looks like they definitely have interest ... and my mistake I think earlier I said Volkmann signed with Bellator, I meant WSOF.

JP (Columbus, OH)

Brett, seriously - what was Aldo's motivation in attempting to get out of fighting Pettis? Obviously he would have been a #1 contender at 155 without pulling this move...so seriously, what was his angle?!

Brett Okamoto
  (1:34 PM)

The only thing I can think of is that it was Andre Pederneiras, Jose's coach. I've talked to Jose a bunch of times before and he is amped about 155. He's been ready for a long time. Andre has been the one who has said, no, you're not ready. Then Dana said it was Andre who brought up to him in London that Jose didn't want Pettis. Because the night of 156, Jose seemed like he was all for the idea. So, I just think Andre is very selective and wants to do right by his fighters.

Jerry (Texas)

So is Machida now the clear cut #1 contender in light HeavyWeight?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:35 PM)

I guess ... Dana said that a million times the other night but he kept getting asked it over and over again because none of us reporters believed him. Even when the night was over, I went up to some of the guys and said ... OK, so are you guys writing Machida's the No. 1 contender or not? Because even though Dana said it, we all know if Gus looks outstanding against Mousasi, that might change things. So right now, I guess he is but as always that might change.

@PappaFeez (Dallas)

JDS has opened as a -250 favorite over the Reem. Seems low to me. I can't see Alistair winning that fight at all

Brett Okamoto
  (1:36 PM)

Big guys wearing small gloves my friend. I wouldn't want to lay much more juice than that on a knockout friendly fight.

Matt (NYC)

Surprised no one has discussed this, but did you think Rousey had tapped Carmouche's foot right before Liz was shaken off Ronda's back?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:36 PM)

First I've ever heard it mentioned. I never saw that.

Wilkie (Toronto)

Everyone is gushing over women in MMA because it is topically significant. There is no precedent to suggest this is sustainable, in fact the opposite is true (Carano). All the media coverage is based on the fact that it is the first major womens UFC fight. When it is the 15th or 20th, the media will not cover it like they did 157. It'll just be another division with no depth and no fan interest. Give it 2 years.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:38 PM)

I agree with you that there will be a dropoff after this first one. But it has the UFC name behind it. So, even if it drops off on PPV sales after the "newness" of it wears off, you think it will be any less sellable than a flyweight title fight? So, I agree with you if you're saying it won't stay as successful as it was last weekend, but if you're suggesting the UFC will get rid of it completely, I gotta disagree.

Miggy (Philly)

How can Bellator present itself as the UFC's equal and then come out and say they have no interest in Fitch? It's pretty clear the cut was some sort of personal vendetta Dana had with Fitch. He is a top ten welterweight. They should be jumping at the opportunity to sign him. Is it more that Fitch would come in and walk thru their welterweight division? Then they are faced with a guy that the UFC cut holding a belt? Flipside, he comes in, loses quickly, and it validates Bellator in a way. I understand them passing on Rampage, but passing on Fitch is a joke.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:40 PM)

It's a good point. How much is he asking for is another question, though? At the end of the day, hardcore fans know how good Jon Fitch is, but if Viacom/Bellator is going to spend a bunch of money on Fitch, he has to be worth it. Is it worth having an expensive wrestler in your company who doesn't finish many fights? That's a harsh way to look at it but when trying to defend Bellator's decision, you need to take that into consideration.

Scott (Philadelphia)

What are your thoughts on Anthony Pettis? UFC has alot of good fights coming up (UFC 158) but I have to say I haven't been this excited about a fighter since Jon Bones Jones was coming up

Brett Okamoto
  (1:42 PM)

I've been excited for Pettis for a long time. I can still remember when he was in the WEC, he was fighting Danny Castillo it was in 2010 and he came in for his open workout and just watching him hit mitts with Duke Roufus and throw up triangle chokes off his back on his little brother I thought, dude, this guy is flashy as hell! I've been calling him a future champ for a long time. No way he doesn't hold the belt at some point in his career and he's got the right mentality. Kind of angry but in a calculated way, super confident. Pettis is a stud.

Jerry (Texas)

Gina Carrano vs Rousey in their primes, who wins?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:43 PM)

Probably Rousey, good fight though.

Matty-Ice (Detroit)

Jon Jones was a loser Saturday night. I think Machida is the tougher test for him and the least pleasurable option for people to watch. Tougher test and less money for him.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:43 PM)

Agree.

Andy (Chicago)

So I read that if Aldo wins and goes to 155 Dana said that he stays at 155. What happens to the 145 belt? Frankie has to be chomping at the thought

Brett Okamoto
  (1:44 PM)

Oh, I'm sure he is. This isn't true so don't take this literally, but doesn't it seem like all of Dana's decisions are geared towards helping Frankie out? Conspiracy going on.

Robbie Denver [via mobile]

So the reason pettis wants to fight aldo is because he thinks that's a faster route to a title shot, but if history repeats its self I don't think aldo will fight before Benson is ready to defend his title again. Is there something I'm missing here?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:45 PM)

Yeah, the Pettis/Aldo fight is going to happen in August. It was the faster way to the belt and frankly, I think it's a bigger fight for Pettis than Henderson is.

Andy (Chicago)

hey Brett any other bigger names you see Dana cutting?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:46 PM)

I won't get into specifics but from what I heard this weekend at 157, it really is no joke a lot of fighters will be cut in the near future. It's not personal, it's just math. They don't have enough fights. So, yeah, there will likely be some relatively big names involved.

lino.g San Antonio TX [via mobile]

How come jamie varner Is getting no respect the battles he had in wec with the cowboy were amazing and he brings a lot with his very good boxing skills.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:46 PM)

I would say Jamie Varner is highly underrated, no doubt. He's well rounded and pretty athletic. Boxing like you mentioned, highly underrated. He's in a stacked division though. He's not Top 10.

suave (manila)

sup Brett? i see Okami being put to sleep within the 3 rounds against Lombard. you? and your picks for the fights in japan please. thanks

Brett Okamoto
  (1:48 PM)

Hmm, I could see this Okami/Lombard fight being a snooooooozer. You got a hard puncher who Okami will be wary of, but that hard puncher has a significant height and reach disadvantage so it will be hard for him to get in there and mix it up. Yeah, this is going to be a slow fight. I could see it going either way and let me say, I'm real surprised you can get about +190 on Okami right now. Very surprised. Other picks ... Stann by TKO, Sanchez, Struve by submission ... I didn't see many upsets on the card I liked.

Aaron (Calgary, AB)

Matt Riddle cut for a failed drug test... is Che Mills welcome back to the UFC?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:48 PM)

Highly doubt it.

Wilkie (Toronto)

Do you see MMA getting into the Olympics? And if so, who would your early money be on for gold?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:51 PM)

Not really. Logistics of it just don't really work out. I know Dana has talked about it being in the Olympics, but you think he's going to allow his contracted fighters to compete? Risk injury and losing them from his PPV schedule for a long period of time? No. So, it would have to be an amateur driven thing obviously, and I just don't see it happening any time soon.

Tyrell (Pittsburgh)

I wish the UFC would give Phil a serious contender. He is a future champion in my eyes

Brett Okamoto
  (1:52 PM)

He's got the potential, but we saw in that fight against Rashad he's got holes in his game. Slow path to the title is not always the worst path to the title. He's young, got plenty of career left.

JD (VA)

Read somewhere Bendo is eyeing GSP after Gil. Thoughts on that potential superfight?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:53 PM)

Yeah, they "broke" that on UFC Tonight ... again, maybe it's the mood I'm in, but I'm skeptical. GSP has plenty of fights in front of him, same with Hendo at 155. I think UFC Tonight needed a little boost for the show so they stirred up some crap. Dana was on and he said point blank that's not happening. Fun to talk about I guess, but I don't see it picking up any traction.

Brad (Nova Scotia)

Maynard vs. Grant... thoughts??

Brett Okamoto
  (1:54 PM)

Cool fight. Better for Grant than Maynard in terms of benefits of a win. From what I picked up, Maynard was being somewhat selective on opponent. He really wanted someone who could elevate him in terms of a title shot. I was surprised then, that he and his management settled on Grant. Dangerous fight with not a lot of upside.

Joe (Deptford, NJ)

Is it me or was it really risky for Hendricks to take the fight with Condit? Wouldn't it have been safer to stick with the Ellenberger fight? Also, if Hendricks beats Condit and GSP takes the Silva superfight next... He might have to fight Johny on his front lawn to get to the arena.

Brett Okamoto
  (1:57 PM)

Could not agree more. I talked to Johny the day after the fight was announced and I was like, Hey, your fight with Ellenberger was already considered a No. 1 contender fight in the eyes of most people. So, now you have a harder stylistic fight against Condit but the same reward in front of you? How's that work? And he told me he felt like if he beat Ellenberger, they could still deny him a title shot but if he beats Condit, since Condit just fought for the title, it 100% solidifies him as The Guy. It's a fighter's mentality for sure. I'm with you, to me it's like riding your bike to the steak restaurant instead of driving. There's still the same steak waiting for you at the end but you had to work harder to get there.

Shane Carwin's Doctor (Colorado)

Hey Brett, so when do you think I should allow Shane to come back to the UFC? It seems like every month this guy is in the office! Anyway, what you see in his future?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:58 PM)

I'll be honest here, I'm not sure what the latest is with Shane's back. No clue. Clearly, it's not a good sign this guy is in the operating room as much as he is. When he comes back, he's still ranked. He's like No. 8 I want to say? In that ballpark. He'd be a great addition to the heavyweight but at this point, I don't think anyone can say confidently that he'll even fight again.

JP (Columbus, OH)

Brett I know it's a moot point now, but do you think Dana was implying that he'd cut Aldo if Aldo backed out of fighting Pettis?

Brett Okamoto
  (1:58 PM)

Come on, son. Cut one of the promotion's Top 5 fighters? No.

Tom (Jersey)

Can you the UFC give Phil Davis a real contender? Who is Vinny ?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:00 PM)

Lots of love for Mr. Wonderful on the chat today. I'm telling you guys, the fact Phil is getting a fight he absolutely should win actually means the UFC does have a lot of confidence in him. They don't really want this guy to lose. They want to groom him, have him get better, become a Top 3 guy at 205 pounds.

Jason (New York)

If Rumble beats Arvloski is he back in UFC?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:01 PM)

I'm not completely sure what his contract looks like with WSOF, but I do know that Rumble and his management have their sights set on getting back into the UFC at some point. I think Rumble is happy where he is now, getting his feet back under him, settling into 205, but eventually he is going to want to be back in the UFC. I'd say it happens either this year or next.

Joe (Deptford, NJ)

Not sure I understand why Dana would indicate Aldo would have to stay at 155, yet is willing to let Pettis fight for the title at 145 and not demanding he stay there. Doesn't make a ton of sense.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:03 PM)

Yeah, I mean the UFC probably doesn't want a guy switching weight classes, winning the belt, then immediately vacating it. But you're right, why are they OK with Pettis doing that, because as far as I know, Pettis planned on returning to 155 after the fight regardless of whether he won or not. Maybe subconsciously, Dana thinks Jose will beat Aldo?

A time traveler from 2011 (2011)

So I just got here from 2011 and have one question! Where is Brian Bowles? The guy was a lot of fun to watch and it seems like he is old history!

Brett Okamoto
  (2:04 PM)

Haha. Every time we do rankings I'm like, do I include Brian Bowles? Does he even still fight? Where has that middle-school-looking boy with the lethal left hand gone? From what I understand he's still under contract with the UFC, has been dealing with injuries, I don't know. Someone should check in on that guy.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:05 PM)

And dang it, it was right hand. Lethal right hand. I need that guy at the end of Around the Horn who fixed my errors after chats.

Harry (Philly)

Aldo should stay at featherweight. Benson is too big for him

Brett Okamoto
  (2:05 PM)

I'm down to see that fight but do we absolutely need to see it right now? There are contenders at 145 and 155.

JD (VA)

Buy or Sell: Faber will get title shot with win against Jorgennsen?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:06 PM)

You could buy that. If the UFC is able to book Barao/Cruz sometime in June or July, it would work out to give Faber the next shot. He has history with both. Yeah, I'll buy.

Andy (Chicago)

What did you think of the Koscheck stoppage? Too soon? Herby is the man and did a GREAT job in the Fight of the Night by not stopping it.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:07 PM)

Not too soon. Koscheck was out.

Domnick workin va [via mobile]

Brett, always a cool chat, what think about frankie vs cub swanson ?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:08 PM)

Think it would be an awesome fight. Think Frankie's wrestling would win it for him. If you're Cub, oh well, I like the fact he's willing to take the risk. No need to sit on the sidelines and play it safe, if he beats Frankie, who knows, he could leapfrog Ricardo Lamas even though he has a loss to him.

tdiddy (winnipeg) [via mobile]

I'll answer m.cervantes's question regarding how GSP/Diaz fight is going to go for you. GSP is going to take him down and dry-hump him for five rounds. No way will he stand for more than 8 seconds after almost getting his head kicked off by Condit. People moan about Machita and Fitch but GSP is just as bad.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:08 PM)

And this dude's from Canada!

Rick (Ohio)

What are your thoughts on Adrien Broner? I think he will be the face of Boxing in 5 years

Brett Okamoto
  (2:09 PM)

You think? I wouldn't put that title on his shoulders quite yet and we've said that about a couple guys over the last 2-3 years and it hasn't panned out.

Chuck (Vegas)

Will the loser of Overeem Dos Santos ever get a title shot?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:10 PM)

Did you mean "winner" or are we joking about UFC matchmaking?

Eric (Vegas)

I think Mark Hunt will catch Struve with a big overhand right IF struve trys to stand with him. thoughts?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:11 PM)

If he catches him I think it will be the lead left hook, not the overhand right. Could definitely happen. Here's a question: How is a 25-year-old submission specialist who is 6-1 in his last 7 fights only a -175 favorite over a 38-year-old coming off a year layoff with an 8-7 lifetime record, six of those losses coming via sub? The answer? Struve = 3 first-round knockout losses in his UFC career.

Peter (Boston)

Not huge on Hendricks facing Condit. Thought Hendricks ellenberger was a good fight and could rationalize giving ellenberger the title shot with a win. Condit just lost and I know they offered saffedine the fight, but it seems a condit upset just puts the whole division back into chaos. Was kampmann or even woodley available short notice?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:13 PM)

I didn't confirm this personally with his management but according to reports, Tarec Saffiedine turned down an opportunity to fight Condit. So it sounds like the UFC at first tried to keep Hendricks/Ellenberger together. I'm with you, I would have bumped Hendricks/Ellenberger to co-main and had Condit fight Marquardt for the reason you mentioned, what if Condit wins? He can't fight for the belt immediately again, regardless of whether GSP or Diaz wins.

paul (D.C)

If cormier runs through Mir why shouldnt he be next for Jon Jones?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:13 PM)

Fair question. All the more reason to think Lyoto Machida might not quite be a lock for No. 1 contender.

JD (VA)

Just throwing this out there, but would the GSP/Penn fights be a good precursor to how GSP/Diaz may go, with the exception that Diaz won't gas like Penn did?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:14 PM)

Ehhh, not really. Especially the second fight between them, Penn was so out of shape it wasn't even a fight. And he's way smaller than Diaz.

Patrick (Toronto)

Read your column about Hendricks a couple weeks ago and was wondering if you think he's serious when it comes to GSP ducking him. Does he actually believe that or is he just saying it to draw attention to himself?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:16 PM)

I think he means it. Whether you agree with the assessment or not, you'd probably feel the same way. You've worked your way to a title shot, but then the guy says he'd rather fight someone else who happens to be coming off a loss? I think Hendricks understands a little bit why GSP would want the fight from a personal reason, but I think he's genuine when he says he knows he's a tough fight for Georges.

Ray (Dallas)

Is James Te Huna in your top 10 light heavyweights?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:16 PM)

No, he's not. You can always check out ESPN.com rankings here http://espn.go.com/mma/rankings ... shows how we vote on each division individually, too.

Andy (Chicago)

Do you think Riddle purposely fail the drug test? Or is he that stupid?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:17 PM)

I don't know why anybody would fail a test on purpose. I just think the guy likes getting high.

josh (seymour )

if ben hendersn fought gsp who would you pick?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:17 PM)

GSP. Easy call. GSP's standup is more advanced than Ben's. Ben wouldn't be able to wrestle him like he does with the 155ers.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:18 PM)

Let's set a betting line on that fight, since, you know, I tend to have a gambling problem. I'd say GSP opens at -280.

Ray (Houston)

Nick diaz will become irrelavant when GSP dominates him

Brett Okamoto
  (2:19 PM)

Irrelevant? That seems harsh. He's got a lot riding on this fight though, no doubt.

@PappaFeez (Dallas)

Pretty good card for a FUEL TV event though. Lots of "name" fighters

Brett Okamoto
  (2:19 PM)

I agree. Nice free card for the weekend.

Ray (Houston)

Any injury news on fighters like Forrest, Carwin, Alves ?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:20 PM)

I haven't talked to Forrest in awhile but that knee injury is going to take a long time to recover. He's not back in the gym yet at all, I know that. Malki Kawa, Alves' manager, told me he's close to getting to the point of accepting another fight. He's in the gym. As I mentioned earlier, no clue on Carwin.

George (Miami)

I cant picture a major boxing fight not on HBO. Showtime must of paid mayweather very nicely!

Brett Okamoto
  (2:21 PM)

Uhhh, yeah.

Billy (pittsburgh)

Rumble would be a top 10 Light Heavyweight in UFC right now. i hope he comes back soon

Brett Okamoto
  (2:21 PM)

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I still think 185 is the best division for him, but I agree on wanting to see him back in the UFC. The UFC has the best fighters in the world and Rumble is definitely one of them.

Matt (NJ)

Have you been keeping up with TUF? I think it is the best season in years, and I continue to be surprised at how good a coach Chael is.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:22 PM)

I haven't seen the last two episodes yet. They are on the DVR. I was busy with 157 stuff and fell behind. I agree the show is good. Is it CAN'T MISS TV? ..... I wouldn't go that far. But it's good.

Tom (Chicago)

Is the fight between Phil and Vinny an easy win for Mr. Wonderful? Vinny is an outstanding BJJ fighter who actually trains current fighters. Couldn't we see a repeat of Maia/Fitch (BJJ vs all-american wrestler)?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:23 PM)

No, I don't see it that way. First off, Vinny isn't as good as Maia. That's not a knock on him, Maia is just the best of the best. Second, I think people underestimated how much bigger and stronger Maia would be than Fitch. He doesn't look like a strong guy, but he's got that grappling strength that comes with years of experience and since cutting from 185, he's just a big welterweight. I think Phil will handle Vinny on the ground.

Rob (Ohio)

The Lyoto hate is unwarranted, he dictated the range, landed all the hard and significant strikes and dictated the fight. Hendo swinging at air isn't effective aggression or striking. Hendo didn't have the footwork to land and he wasn't nearly aggressive enoug, he literally stood in the middle of the octagon flat footed at times. Lyoto hit Hendo with some hard shots, any other LHW that doesn't have his chin or toughness goes down from those shots.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:25 PM)

I don't disagree with everything you said but here's a problem I have ... every Lyoto Machida opponent is at a disadvantage from the second he steps into the cage because all the pressure is on him to make the fight happen. We know it and the judges know it. So, if Lyoto is running around the cage and making the other guy miss, judges tend to give him the round just because it's like, "Oh, well this is what Machida does." So what? We're still supposed to be judging effective offense and I didn't see it from Machida in the first two rounds of that fight.

Wayne (Miami)

Is a cocky guy like Adrein Broner good for the sport of boxing ?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:25 PM)

Is Floyd Mayweather good for the sport of boxing. Hell yes.

John (Rio)

When is Belfort's protege Cesar Mutante going to fight in the UFC? been a while since he won TUF Brazil.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:27 PM)

I'm not sure, it has been surprising he hasn't signed a fight yet unless he suffered an injury we don't know about. When I first ran into Cesar he was helping Randy Couture train for Lyoto at UFC 129 and I was really, really high on him. Then he got knocked out cold on a local show here in Vegas. His problem is he kind of tends to throw haymakers and he leaves himself wiiiiiide open. He's good, but I think he'll have trouble staying consistent in the UFC.

hector (chicago)

what happens when your an average figher who built his schtick on being a jerk!!! I dont know either?? can you ask Koscheck for me???

Brett Okamoto
  (2:28 PM)

Koscheck is in a bad spot ... I don't think he's "cut" material yet and Dana actually likes the guy a lot, but he needs a win.

Edu (Brazil)

I know Lyoto wasnt his best saturday but come on don't forget he's been ald on very exciting fights. how soon do we forget?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:29 PM)

I'm really not hating on Lyoto, I know that's probably how it comes off. I just have a problem with the way some people judge his fights. Why does Dan have to run after him the entire fight and when he misses we're all like, "Wow look at how good Lyoto is doing." He didn't land many counters until the third round. I judge fights based on offense first, defense second.

Joe (Florida)

In order of size, biggest guns, Rousey, Tate, Zingano, Carano, Okamoto?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:30 PM)

Ah come on, I think I got Tate and Zingano beat! Actually, Carmouche brought some decent ammunition to the party. Same with Sara McMann, strong looking female.

Ray (Dallas)

I heard Barao will move up to FW when Aldo goes to LW? him and frankie for the belt assuming aldo indeed moves up

Brett Okamoto
  (2:30 PM)

Yeah, that's been talked about but is it set in stone and how soon does it happen? Guy hasn't even won the undisputed bantamweight title yet.

Joe (Florida)

Do you think girls in high school and college will start doing mma bc of Rousey? I understand fellow judo players but I am not sure mainstream appeal. Also, who has bigger guns, Rousey, Tate, or ZIngano?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:32 PM)

Ha, we just had the gun discussion but as far as high school girls competing in MMA? Honestly, I don't think so. Not yet at least. It might persuade a girl here and there to say, I have an interest in wrestling, I think I'll take a boxing class too just in case ... but in terms of really inspiring girls to get into combat sports? I think volleyball, soccer, softball is still going to demand their attention.

Andy (Chicago)

Struve at -175 looks good. No chance in hell Hunt can reach him right?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:32 PM)

I'd proceed with caution ... I'd proceed with caution.

chip (Springfield, MO)

I think Kos gets cut, your thoughts?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:32 PM)

Not yet. He'll get another one.

Aaron (Calgary, AB)

Thoughts on King Mo getting KO'ed last week?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:33 PM)

I have to admit, I still haven't seen the fight start to finish. Read about it on Twitter as it happened. Sounds like he didn't have his hands up throughout. I saw the highlight, it looked like just a good shot that Mo didn't expect. That happens in this sport. Heartbreaking for Bellator.

ATLgoofball (ATLanta)

Brett, does ESPN pay for your to travel to each and every UFC event?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:34 PM)

Amazingly, yes they do.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:34 PM)

Pretty sweet job.

Miggy (Philly)

Hendricks Condit is a great fight. And a win HAS to guarantee Hendricks a title shot. No complaints here.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:35 PM)

It's a great fight, but if we're looking at it from Hendricks' viewpoint, is it better than him fighting Ellenberger?

Joe (Deptford, NJ)

Seems like a lot of people are super excited about Korean Zombie. Obviously the Poirier fight was phenomenal, but KZ has only 3 wins since March 2011. How sold are you on him?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:36 PM)

Pretty sold, actually. He was real versatile in the Poirier fight, showed a little bit of everything. I think the cream of the crop at 145 still beats him (Aldo, Frankie, Mendes) but I think he hangs in there with them.

jake (chicago)

ok so GSP and machida and fitch might be boring to fans, but they WIN. so either change the rules or admit that they are doing the smart thing. isn't the idea in sports to win?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:38 PM)

100 percent. But if you're speaking to me specifically, I didn't think Lyoto won. And I thought it was his own fault he lost to Rampage at UFC 123. Anybody who complains about GSP, they are entitled to their opinion but it hasn't really hurt the guy. He's Top 3 P4P on most people's list and he makes a ton of money in this sport.

Warren (Texas)

Who's next for guys like Woodley, and Tarec Saffedeine?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:38 PM)

I think Woodley, Robbie Lawler could be a fun fight. Tarec Saffiedine ... Demian Maia? Mike Pyle?

Matt (NJ)

Shame about Demetrious Johnson...although even if he were to miss the next year, he would still fight more than Anderson does...

Brett Okamoto
  (2:39 PM)

True story.

Kevin (Mile High)

Who's next for Lawler? Welcome back Alves?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:39 PM)

This would also be a cool fight.

Cal (Raleigh)

Any major upsets this week? im leaning towards hunt and gomi

Brett Okamoto
  (2:41 PM)

Although I didn't pick a single upset, I wouldn't be surprised if the top four fights saw one. Okami can definitely beat Lombard. Sanchez should beat Gomi but he gets hit a lot. Same goes for Struve. Wand could pull it off, but hard to pick against Stann.

Jerry (Maine)

Do you see the trend of fighters getting title shots in other divisions continuning? if so, who would you like to see fight above or under their normal size?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:43 PM)

I don't think we'll see it quite as much as we've seen it recently, just because it's been so prevalent right now. Crazy. Edgar, Chael, Pettis ... seems like one out of every two title fights are like that. I think there's always potential of it happening but it won't keep up at this pace. In terms of the next guy to do it ... Cormier is an easy pick to drop to 205.

Tommy (Georgia)

I hope Diego handles Gomi and Diaz beats Thomson. Diego vs Nate would be crazy!

Brett Okamoto
  (2:43 PM)

Nate would destroy Diego ... but it would produce action.

Andy (Chicago)

Mortgage the house on GSP at -280.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:44 PM)

Go big or go home, like your style.

Ultimate Warrior (Parts Unknown)

Was entertained by the Rousey fight but the hype train almost got derailed. Hope Fitch gets signed by Bellator to see how good Askren is but could see Askren take Fitch down and just lay on him all fight.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:45 PM)

I kinda think Fitch would win that. You have to think Askren is picking up some standup training with Duke Roufus, but man, when you watch that guy fight he looks awkward still on his feet. Fitch can at least string combinations together. I don't remember the Askren/Jay Heiron fight THAT well, but if Jay could push Ben then I'm pretty sure Fitch could beat him.

Mark (St. Louis, MO)

Do you think Dana/UFC are shocked at the success of the Strikeforce fighters? Is it putting into question that the UFC has "the best fighters in the world"??

Brett Okamoto
  (2:46 PM)

No, absolutely not. Look at Rousey. She was armbarring girls in the first round way before last weekend. But you put the UFC brand name on her and all of a sudden, it's a mainstream event that's on every Sportscenter.

Jerry (Maine)

When Jon Jones moves to HW, does he fight right away for the title?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:46 PM)

Whenever it happens (as long as he keeps winning like he has), yeah title fight right away.

Jeff (OH)

That King Mo knockout looked like kind of a lucky punch. The guy swung wildly with a right and missed, his momentum pulling him forward into a weird position where King Mo was behind him...and the guy just blindly swung a backfist, and King Mo happened to be walking into it. Kinda fluky, but a win is a win.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:48 PM)

I suppose, but some guys love that move. You know who throws that spinning backfist after missing his initial punch? Joseph Benavidez does it and it looks pretty wicked. Maybe it was a lucky punch but maybe the guy trains it too, who knows?

Cory (Indy)

I would just like to correct some newer watchers to MMA. Dan Henderson was not always this exciting... he was jokingly refered to as "Decision Dan" for a long time.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:49 PM)

That's true, not a bad thing to point out. But the guy who mentioned that as Lyoto making it boring, you can see his point. Dan hasn't been Decision Dan for awhile now.

Ultimate Warrior (Parts Unknown)

People call Machida boring? What's exciting about Dan Henderson besides his right hand? All he does is load it up and fire. That's exciting to people? Only an idiot doesn't continually circle away from his right.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:51 PM)

Also not a bad point. But at least he's trying to hurt the other guy. I can appreciate technical superiority as much as the next guy, but Lyoto has gotten into that realm for me of, dude, are you even trying to land anything of your own at this point? I like a lot of fighters who are typically labeled as "boring." I don't mind a Jon Fitch fight. I love watching Dominick Cruz. Floyd Mayweather is one of my favorites to cover in boxing. Again, I'm not saying I don't like Lyoto I'm just saying ... he refused to engage for a looong period of that fight with Dan.

Ultimate Warrior (Parts Unknown)

Did you not see that he kneed dan almost every time that Hendo moved forward?

Brett Okamoto
  (2:52 PM)

Honestly, no, I didn't see that all too much. He did it a few times but if you're saying he was landing consistent hard knees the entire fight ... I must have missed it.

Josh (San Marcos)

In the Heavyweight Picture, Say if cain beats bigfoot and overeem beats junior, would Dana White give overeem the next shot since his last fight he got knocked out.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:53 PM)

I think he would, yeah. Overeem is a major draw for the UFC. I think he'd still be ahead of a guy like Stefan Struve, despite his win streak. Werdum is right up there as well, would have to see how his fight against Big Nog plays out, but I think Overeem is still in a good position just because people want to see him so much.

Craig (KC)

If GSP and Condit win, what is next fro GSP? That takes Hendricks off table, and too soon to fight Condit again. Too long of wait for Anderson Silva.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:55 PM)

It's a problem, for sure. Because I don't think the GSP/Anderson fight is likely at this point. There are guys at welterweight I want to see GSP fight, but the timing would be screwy if Hendricks loses. Don't have a great answer for that.

Kevin (Mile High)

Any word on a fight for Jacare yet? I wnat to see him with the top UFC guys.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:55 PM)

Me too, Kev. Me too. I think Jacare is the most underrated guy coming over from Strikeforce. He's a tough fight for anyone at 185 right now. Maybe he gets winner of Lombard/Okami this weekend?

Ultimate Warrior (Parts Unknown)

Does Lawler's KO change your mind on him or did KOS just get caught? Also think Frankie calling for another 5 rounder is weak, you lost 3 in a row, your next fight should not be a #1 contender fight.

Brett Okamoto
  (2:57 PM)

I mean, I kind of already thought Lawler was good heading into this weekend he's just looked uninspired over the last couple years. I thought if he came in motivated because of the weight change and the UFC change, he had a great shot at beating Hendricks. His takedown defense has never been awful and his left hand is a major weapon. So, I wasn't really shocked by the outcome and I think as long as he stays motivated he could keep it up. His problem at 185 was that he always looked lethargic and tired by the second round.

Andy (Chicago)

Since no mention Bermudez vs. Grice was amazing!

Brett Okamoto
  (2:59 PM)

That was pretty awesome yeah. After the event was over on Saturday it was late and I was hungry so I just ran through the first drive-thru I saw -- Carl's Jr. I got in the elevator at the hotel and Grice was in there with two other people and they had In-N-Out and I was like, man, Carl's Jr. sounded pretty good until I saw what you guys are having. Then I told him great fight and asked if he remembered any of it, and he said, "Not really. Bits and pieces."

Easton (Orlando)

Jacare vs Maia in a grappling match. who wins ?

Brett Okamoto
  (3:00 PM)

Oh man. I was just going on about Maia's strength but when you look at Jacare, he overpowers people. Technique edge still goes to Maia. Man, that's a tough one. I guess if I have to give an answer I'd still go Maia but that's 50/50 to me.

Fai (Toronto)

Couldn't TRT be a reason why Dan isn't Decision Dan any more?

Brett Okamoto
  (3:01 PM)

I'm not going to lie and say there's no way it could have something to do with it. That said, I think Dan has obviously gotten more comfortable throwing punches in the last few years but ... it's a decent observation Fai.

Matt (NJ)

Isnt Jacare fighting Phillipou next?

Brett Okamoto
  (3:02 PM)

Yes, yes he is. Totally spaced that one. Thanks Matt. He should cruise through that fight.

Larry (long island)

If Overeem loses against JDS does he ever get a title shot ?

Brett Okamoto
  (3:03 PM)

"Ever" is a real long time and the heavyweight division has never been known for its depth. Yeah, a title shot would still be on the table but I would think he'd be looking at having to win three in a row.

Shane (Louisville)

I don't have a question, just wanted to say I really enjoy your chats. You spend a lot of time answering questions, and always give your honest opinion. Thank you for your work.

Brett Okamoto
  (3:03 PM)

Appreciate that Shane! No problem doing these chats. I enjoy it.

Jerry (Maine)

besides the fact that Overroid... er... reem looks like a comic book character, what is the mass appeal? great striker, gets KOED often, cheater, shows no respect to fighters he's in the cage with... I'd bet the farm on a TRT card any day now.

Brett Okamoto
  (3:05 PM)

Yeah everything you said, exciting style, seems to hold a disdain for his opponents that fans like to see, and let's give him credit, historically he's won plenty of fights. No question the way he looks is a big part of it. If you had to put a line on Overeem applying for TRT at some point, I'd say it's off the board. Books don't even want in on that action the line would be so high, but I would hope whatever commission he applies to would turn him down.

Brett Okamoto
  (3:07 PM)

Alright guys, let's wrap it there. I feel like we bonded today. Yeah, this was a good one. Not as many Rousey questions as I anticipated to be honest, but good stuff and I like it when we agree to disagree (Hendo/Machida stuff). We'll do it again next week. Til then, hit me up on Twitter @bokamotoESPN any time. See ya.