Ready to go? Me too.
Is Rousey selling Wolf tickets by doing her stare down antics with Tate?
They are a little over the top. What'd she do in the one, throw Miesha's phone? I mean, no need to be uncivil about this. Only reason I wouldn't say it's Wolf Tickets is because you know she's trying to rip her arm off when the fight starts.
Hey Brett, What do you think about GSP and MacDonald saying they will never fight?
I find it pretty legit ... my guess is they've definitely talked about it. How could they not? And my guess is that Georges has thrown out some ideas about one of them moving a weight class. When I talked to him this week he referred to "his plan" for his career. But then I asked him if he wanted to take Anderson's record of 10 consecutive title defenses and he was kind of like, "Hmmmm. I hadn't thought about it yet." You would think that's a record he wants. Bottom line, I personally doubt they ever fight.
In your MacDonald article, it sounds like you are saying that he should follow the GSP principle. If you are the champion you can fight conservatively because you have everything to lose. So if MacDonald was to become champion, he would be another boring GSP champion instead of an exciting Aldo/Benson/Bones/etc champion. Not saying that is a bad thing, but you don't make fans and money by being boring. I don't think Mike Tyson or Manny would have made as much money if they fought conservatively.
No, respectfully, you missed the point of my article. I wasn't encouraging Rory to fight boring the rest of his career. I was defending his performance in one fight. He's never been a really boring fighter before this weekend and I doubt that's a tag that will stick with him as his career continues. This was one fight where he could outjab the other guy and stay away from knockout power. I didn't see anything wrong with it. That's what the article was intended to say.
if the UFC signs him can Paul Daley make a run at the welterweight title or will he just be in some fun fights?
How do you think the Silva Weidman rematch will play out? Don't you think if Anderson plays it safe he will lose his edge?
No, and I don't think Anderson really has a "play it safe" mode in him. He'll still be Anderson, I just think he'll tone down the goofy stuff. I don't want to get too much into that right now though because there's plenty going on before that rematch and I'm sure we'll talk about it a lot. Right now though I'd probably pick Anderson to win it.
Is Mighty Mouse unbeatable
Joseph Benavidez is capable of beating him. He's got the ability to not just hurt him, but finish him. But man, the betting line on that rematch at this point would be what? DJ -230? DJ is at least a 2-1 favorite over everyone in the division in my eyes.
I agree 100% on your stance on the Rory/Jake fight. You have to respect what your opponent does well and Jake has knock out power. Why would Rory risk taking one of those bombs to the chin when he was dominating him doing what he was doing.
Correct. There are times to go for broke and make a statement. Rory is 24. All he needs are wins right now, he doesn't need brain damage from getting into a firefight with Ellenberger. He was ranked No. 3 in the UFC rankings going into the fight, still ranked No. 3 (I'm assuming) coming out.
I would really like to see Robbie Lawler v. Nick Diaz 2. Any chance of that fight happening?
I was thinking to myself on the flight back from Vegas to Seattle, it's too bad Robbie didn't care when he was in Strikeforce. What if he had been fighting that whole time at 170? We would have already seen Lawler/Diaz 2 and maybe Lawler/Diaz 3. Wouldn't that have been sweet for Strikeforce? And who knows? Maybe Lawler would have been the kind over there and it would have been him fighting GSP last year when the Diaz fight was first scheduled. Weird to think about, right? Either way, I'd like to see that fight too. All depends on Nick.
I watched the Mighty Mouse / Moraga fight, kudos to the ref, because I could not see the tap.....
It was Herb, right? That's what you expect from Herb. In all my time covering the sport I can think of MAYBE two or three times where I was like, Herb could have handled that better. He's great at what he does.
Where does Lyoto go if he beats Phil Davis this weekend? Even if he knocks him out they don't seem big on giving him a Jones rematch. Seems stuck in fighter purgatory, which is crazy when you're the second best guy in the UFC's glamour division of 205 pounds.
Yes it does. What's playing into that is 1. He doesn't say much. 2. Sometimes his fights suck. He had a chance to make a statement against Dan Henderson and didn't ... now if he knocks out Phil Davis, it's kind of like, oh well we knew he'd do it. And there you go, that's an example of a situation where it would have been good for Lyoto to take risks, as opposed to the Rory situation. Machida had Dan chasing him, if he would have gone after a finish in that fight he might have a title shot right now. That was a time where taking a risk would have made sense. Rory taking a risk last weekend didn't make a ton of sense.
Back in 2009, MW Jake Shields beat MW Robbie Lawler. Can WW Robbie Lawler beat WW Jake Shields?
Personally, my answer to that would be "Who cares?" I would have little interest in a Lawler/Shields fight. Better fights out there for Robbie in my opinion.
Brett, why do Ronda and Miesha not get along?
I would say part of the reason is that it's convenient for them to not like one another. They both have to realize it's good for their careers. The only answer I've ever really gotten out of them about that is they just have conflicting personalities ... Miesha always brings up she thinks Ronda is cocky. I would say mostly it's just a competitive thing.
On a scale of 1 to 47.8, what is your current level of Rockies Depression?
It's off the charts man. Off the charts. I didn't watch yesterday ... I told my dad on the phone I might just start betting against them every day for the rest of the season. Blah ... I really am genuinely depressed thinking about it.
Should the UFC just dissolve the Flyweight division? Seems that Bantamweight needs top contenders and Mighty Mouse, Benavidez, McCall, Dodson, Moraga and Formiga can hang with all of those guys at 135?
Robert, I appreciate the question and please feel free to keep firing away, but that is an absolutely awful suggestion. These guys are finally fighting in their natural weight class. It's thin right now, but all divisions go through thin periods. Eventually, this division will add depth, might take three years but it will. It's true that MM and JB can hang at 135 they've proven it, but why "hang" when you can "rule" at 125. I like the flyweight division, the UFC just needs to expand into markets like Mexico, the Philippines, etc. to find those lighter weight martial artists.
Call me crazy but I wasn't as high on the Carmouche-Andrade fight as Dana was (thought it was a one sided beatdown). What weight class should the UFC add for a second womens division; 125 or 145?
It was a one-sided beatdown, but I thought in a way that made Carmouche look good, you know? It wasn't a dominant, but sloppy performance. Carmouche looked like a well trained martial artist in there. I don't think they'll add another women's weight class for awhile still ... they should add whichever one has more depth at that time.
Good day to, Brett. What's the likelihood of seeing these [IMO intriguing] matches over the next 12 months? Nelson v Hunt, rematch of Lawler v Nick Diaz, Te Huna v Manuwa and Sonnen v Weidman @ MW,
You see calls for Nelson/Hunt everywhere, so as long as Hunt sticks around for the foreseeable future I'd say great chance it happens. Lawler/Nick rematch very tough to say, Nick is unpredictable. Te Huna vs. Manuwa, I like that. Chances are pretty good on that one. Sonnen, Weidman? Really? I'm not into that one and no, I don't really see it happening any time soon.
What's happening Brett, I was curious does the recent picture of Johny Hendricks standing next to GSP worry you? like you I have strong feeling Johny will dethrone Georges but he looked kinda chubby there, his physique didn't give me much confidence.
Haha. Well, the very first thing I noticed about Johny when I talked to him on Monday was his weight. His face was round ... his midsection was pushing out the bottom of his shirt. It was hard not to notice, especially when you turn to GSP and he looks like an NFL slot receiver in midseason form. But you gotta remember, the fight is 3.5 months away. Johny gets big in between fights. I wouldn't worry about him.
Do you think machida knocks out phil davis?
I'm guessing decision but either way, I think he wins.
Are there any other bantamweights that could cut down to 125 and make this division a bit deeper?
It's tough to just look at guys and guess something like that because some of them simply have a harder time cutting weight than others, you know? I mean, you'd look at a guy like George Roop and think there's no way he's cutting to 145 pounds. In terms of good bantamweights who would have an incentive to cut ... Scott Jorgensen is a guy who might give it a try but he looks pretty small already at 135, Erik Perez looks like he could make it but he's winning fights, Brad Pickett? Maybe?
Brett, completely agree with you assessment of the Jake/Rory fight; however, not so much as the fact that Rory hasn't always been boring....he's good, but not particularly exciting in today's UFC universe....at least not as exciting as he USED to be.
I won't completely argue with you but I have to say, any time you use the statement "He's not finishing (or as exciting) as he used to be," ALWAYS, ALWAYS ask yourself, "Is that because he's facing tougher opponents?"
So I know its early since silva just lost it but can he break silva record of defenses
This was a confusing question, but I THINK you are referring to GSP. And yeah, I think he can pass it. He only needs three more. I've picked Johny to beat him in November but obviously GSP is capable of winning that fight. So let's say he wins that, two more wins? That's definitely possible.
What in the world is your boy Franklin McNeil thinking in picking Phil Davis to beat Machida? How is that happening outside of some fluke injury
Franklin picks with his heart. Allow me to make a Franklin prediction here (and this is in good fun, I love McNeil). You will never ever see a Franklin pick that goes against the following, Frankie Edgar, Chris Weidman, Phil Davis, Rashad Evans and Kenny Florian if Kenny ever gets that itch again.
Yo Brett! There are some high level people that I know who say if Aldo beats Jung then he'll get a shot at Bendo/Pettis then a shot at GSP/Hendricks. I say, cool! What doth you sayith?
I say Aldo remains at 145 after he beats Jung.
First round knockout for Aldo.
My guy Ben Askren apparently is on his last fight in Bellator tonight. Buy/Sell - he makes his debut in the UFC by the end of 2013
Let's assume he wins tonight ... I think he stays in Bellator and gets paid handsomely. Nothing against Ben, but I don't think UFC is interested enough to get in a big bidding war with Viacom for him and Bellator will want to wrap him up in a longterm deal.
Hey Brett, have you watched the Figueroa-Arakawa fight. That was just brutal.
I haven't but literally this morning I set up the DVR to record tonight's replay. They say the entire card is spectacular, yeah?
Brett, what do you think about all these fighters not wanting to fight each other because they are friends? Cain and Cormier, GSP and MacDonald? I thought the object was to be champ? I would fight my mom if I had to become champ and she'd do the same? what are your thoughts
I think it's easy to say if you're not in the position. I really want to agree with your assessment Nigel, because that's the mentality a champion should have. Like, sure I like people, but I don't like people as much as I like my dream of becoming a champ. But in reality, you train with a guy every day, you eat meals with him, you make each other better, you become invested in his career, too. I think those of us who haven't experienced that really don't know what it would be like to agree to a teammate fight.
The Fight Night card on FS1 is considerably better than the one this week. I haven't missed a PPV in years but I am contemplating saving my money. Such a bummer the Aldo/Pettis fight isn't going down.
I wouldn't blame you. The loss of Pettis was enormous. The entire card was built around that fight. Boston card is stacked top to bottom.
I would love to see Jacare take on Bisping/Costa if/when he gets by Okami. He's got to be close to a title shot right?
For sure. I think he's No. 4 in the division behind Silva/Weidman/Belfort. When Strikeforce merged I was waving flags at people about Jacare. He's phenomenal. I'd see him fight Bisping, I like that fight.
Big night for Bellator, two title fights and Mo Lawal on deck. Do you see any surprises coming tonight or do you expect Askren / Chandler to cruise to victory?
I expect both champs to win. I'd say Askren will have an easier time than Chandler, but excited to see Chandler. He's one of those guys that seems to change visibly in between fights.
brett i would like to know ure five most looked foward to fights booked so far the rest of the year not including silva vs weidman 2 here are my 5 5 guida vs mendes 4 st pierre vs hendricks 3 rua vs sonnen 2 velasquez dos santos 3 1 henderson vs pettis your thoughts?
All your picks are good. I'm not that amped about Rua/Sonnen, honestly, but the rest for sure. It's a great five months ahead for the UFC, I'd say the best five-month lineup I've seen since I started covering the sport. To say my top 5 would probably take a second, I'd have to go through all the cards ... I'll say my most anticipated fight besides Silva/Weidman 2 would be GSP/Hendricks.
How do you see the zombie winning because I just think Lamas was the better match up
I don't see Zombie winning. At all. And I agree, shot should have gone to Lamas.
Rampage vs Roy Jone on PPV for Bellator? who buys that? Rampage weighs about 260 at the moment and RJJ is almost 50 years old. and the same night aw UFC 168? Rebney is insane.
I hope I'm wrong, but that sounds like a sloppy, sad affair.
What fights do you want to see? In a vacuum, no implications, just strictly "I'd love to see fighter X take on fighter Y." For instance, I'd love to see Ed Herman and Chris Leben go at it. Besides the friendship, I get the feeling those dudes would put on a show. Perversely, I want to see Big Foot take on, say, Gaudinot and Dodson. For the visual.
What about all of Team Alpha Male takes on a duo of GSP/Rory.
Just so you know, I do agree that Jake should have been pushing the fight way more. He was just standing on the outside doing nothing. Maybe Jake respected Rory way too much.
I just don't think Jake was ready for how effective that jab was going to be. He kept trying to figure out ways to get inside and land his left hook but MacDonald was just vastly superior than him in that area. He should have turned to his wrestling as early as the first round. You have to be able to adjust and he didn't until the last minute or two of the fight.
More on Lyoto: Is he kind of LHW's version of Jon Fitch (Pre BJ) right now? He's deserving of a title shot but always with the hoops to jump through for shot #2
I'd say that's a fair comparison.
So the most probable scenario would be MacDonald going to 185, right?
Eh, I'm not sure actually. It would actually make more sense for the older guy to move up in weight, if they're really doing what's best for each other. GSP saying he has a "plan" for his career makes me think he would be the one to move first, but we'll see. Rory is so young, you might be able to persuade him to just play Robin to GSP's Batman routine for another year and then the division is all his.
better suplex: Cyborg Santos or Rustam Khabilov?
Rustam suplex > any other suplex right now.
Just read Jones is putting HW on ice for a while because he has some guys at 205 he wants to fight. Mentioned Glover as one. Once again I'd like to say that it isn't a sure thing Glover beats Bader and definitely shouldn't overlook him.
And once again, I'd like to point out I've been saying for the last year Jones isn't moving to heavyweight for awhile. This sport, and maybe it's just the world we live in, is always in such a hurry. Jones has so much of his career ahead. He could fight for three years before moving to heavyweight and he'd still only be 29!
Any chance Vitor v Chael happens? If not, do any fights make sense for Vitor besides waiting for Weidman or Spider?
This is just my take on it, my opinion ... why in the world would we start talking about Vitor vs. Chael when Chael is at 205 pounds and has a fight scheduled? I know he has said he's going back to 185 but that just seems like stupid games to me. Not to mention that fight makes zero sense, rankings wise. Also, I'm not for this idea because as I've said before I like Wandy, but if you're Vitor, why not call out Wandy? He doesn't have a fight, you were already supposed to fight him ... the UFC could sell that easily in Brazil. Why call out Chael? Have an imagination. Everyone is calling out Chael. It gets old.
How do you see the Henderson and Pettis rematch playing out. Probably my most anticipated fights in the next few months.
If Pettis is 100% with the knee and it doesn't effect him, I think we see a "Wow" performance by him. Not that he'll just knock out Henderson in 20 seconds, but he'll beat him in a way where we all go, "This dude is the real deal." I think Pettis is that type of fighter. There are a lot of people high on Pettis, I am ridiculously high on Pettis. As he keeps improving I think he's a pound-for-pound type champ.
And how does he do it, stylistically? Defends Henderson's takedowns, maneuvers away from the cage. Henderson couldn't get him down easily in the first fight, and now, which do you think has improved more? Henderson's wrestling or Pettis' takedown defense? Probably Pettis' takedown defense. And striking-wise, Pettis has the skills to make anyone at 155 look silly.
If rousey were to leave her fight career for good to do movies do you think the UFC would have any women's divisions going forward?
Yes, but it would be kinda sad until they found the next Rousey-ish figure. They'd bury most of the fights most likely and title fights would never headline a card of any significance.
Let's say Barnett beats Mir and Cormier beats Nelson/drops to 205. Is Barnett pretty much next for a title shot?
No way. The winner of Travis Browne/Alistair Overeem will be ahead of Barnett/Mir, even if Barnett/Mir ends in a crazy awesome finish.
New Frankie vs Lamas...who do you have?
.............. Frankie but just barely. Good fight.
Completely disagree wth your article that Jake was trying Sat but couldnt get off. To me, he seemed disengaged...something was off. He tried next to nothing and it wasnt just cuz of the jab
If you and I were going to fight and every time you tried to hit me I popped you in the nose with a jab and slipped your punches by about six inches ... what would you do? You might get frustrated and just run at me, but that wouldn't work anyway because my footwork is so great I'd just rotate around you and pop you again. I credit Rory more than I fault Jake, although like I said, I thought Jake should have turned to wrestling way before he did.
How shocked would you be if my boy Andrey Koreshkov KOs Ben Askren in the first round on a scale of 1-10? Thanks for your chats, man.
About an 8. The problem is I only think it takes one takedown from Ben per round, you know? It'd be different if Koreshkov could get back to his feet and have multiple chances at landing the big punch. But I'm looking at it as, if he gets taken down once, well the round is pretty much over wait for the next one.
Hey Brett, wondering if you could track down the whereabouts of Dustin Hazelett for me. I thought he was the future at 170. I was wrong. What in the hellcat happened to that dude?
Interesting question. Yeah, hasn't fought since 2010. I'm guessing somebody, somewhere has written a Dustin Hazelett story since that fight but it wasn't me. The thing I'll never forget about Hazelett was the Paul Daley knockout at UFC 108. I can actually remember walking with Daley in the lobby after the fight and seriously asking him, "Do you feel bad at least a little bit about that one?" So brutal, and Hazelett never won another fight after that. By the way, Daley said hell no he didn't feel bad.
Will we ever see Brock Lesnar again in the cage and do ... you ... care?
I don't care because no, we will never see him in the cage again. It's a fact. If I knew it wasn't 100% never going to happen, I'd care. Brock was always exciting to cover.
Rockies are depressing me as well!!! Question......You said that Aldo would TKO The Zombie. I've missed some of his fights but to my recollection I haven't even seen The Zombie knocked down. Am I wrong??
Well ... he was definitely knocked down when he was knocked unconscious by a George Roop head kick in the WEC days. It doesn't happen often though. Yeah, Zombie has a great chin. But great chin or not I think Aldo blitzes him in the first man. Too fast.
Can someone tell Machida if he was actually in entertaining fights than he wouldnt keep getting passed up for the title shot. I think we'd all rather see DC get a shot before Machida/Bones 2
I feel like I've told him already, but he doesn't listen to me. I'll tell him again.
So many good fights these next few weeks. I read what you wrote on Rory vs Ellenberger (thats right I'm on first name terms with Rory) and at first I was upset at how poor I felt the fight was but in hindsight and after reading your article I cant help but think its my own fault for hyping this fight up so much. Here's hoping Pettis vs Henderson doesnt follow suit....
Thank you all for the kind words on the article and I don't think Pettis/Henderson will be similar.
Whats on the horizon for Dan Henderson? Can you name three great potential match ups?
Three great matchups ... first of all I think this goes without saying but I'm only looking at 205. I don't think Dan needs to cut to 185 at this point in his career, even though there are some potentially fun fights down there for him ... but at 205? ... Forrest Griffin ends retirement, fights Dan. Lyoto rematch, but we move all the sides of the Octagon in by 5 feet, maybe a Rua rematch just for kicks.
I'm hoping Edson Barboza walks out to "Kicking" by Torche for his next fight. What have been some of the best entrance songs you have witnessed?
It's not so much about the "song" as it is about the moment, the look on the fighters faces, what's at stake ... walkouts done right especially in the main event, title fights, I'm not gonna lie I love them. DJ always comes out to TI and there's a lot of energy. Weidman walking out to "I won't back down" was sweet, but Anderson walking out to DMX is always sweet, too. I love the way Frankie runs to the cage. Cerrone's "Cowboy" is a good time.
We love Rich Franklin!!!!
How would you rank Machida if he dropped to 185?
Good question ... ESPN doesn't have us rank a guy in a new weight class until he fights there so I'd have the luxury of seeing him fight at 185 first. If he went down and knocked out some mid-tier guy, I'd probably immediately have him in Top 10. Maybe 7-8 or so.
What the hell was with that crowd in Seatlle? Between the booing and the 'Wooooo' it felt almost uncomfortable at times. Were you there, was it that bad in person?
I was there. It was bad. I've never "disliked" an entire crowd before Seattle. The Woo's were way worse than the boos.
The way GSP has been talking, I think the loss by Silva may have opened his eyes and re-focused him a bit. He again realizes that anyone can lose on any night. Are you seeing the same from GSP?
I guess, but Josh Gross asked me that on his podcast yesterday and I was like, GSP is always focused, you know? I think GSP learned the lesson anyone can lose when Serra knocked him out years ago. He's never really needed a reminder of it. So sure, it's a take notice type of thing for every champ, but I think GSP was already taking Hendricks very serious.
brett most looked to non title fight of the year i think im going with eirther munoz vs bisping or rua vs sonnen what do you think?
If they do Cub Swanson vs. Frankie Edgar it will probably be that. Honestly, I was so sad we didn't get to see Dustin Poirier vs. Erik Koch the first time it was scheduled. I'm looking forward to that one.
Brett, don't worry I'll be in the UFC soon to give DJ some competition. I'll be the next FW Champ , what do you think?
Starry eyes my friend. First things first, get in, win a few.
Why doesnt the UFC see the double standard that they keep saying.1st they say if you want to get paid more you have to win. now they want you to win but on their terms. thoughts?
They want to see you go after it. They want to see you fight. Sometimes, that means more than win/lose. But at the same time, they have to be a legitimate sport. So if you lose too much, you get cut. It's a fine line. At this point, I don't think there's really a double standard. Everyone knows what the UFC wants you to do. They want you to be exciting, try, come in shape, show heart, etc.
I keep thinking the Machida/Davis fight will go a lot like the Machida/Bader fight. Does the fact that Davis probably doesn't have as good of hands as Bader does actually help him? He won't get suckered into a stand up fight as easy and will constantly be looking for the takedown.
Tough to say. I don't think Bader was really suckered into a standup fight, he just couldn't get into any kind of position to take Lyoto down. If there is a blueprint for a wrestler to beat Lyoto, it's Rampage. Remember Rampage? That fight sucked, but Rampage basically slowed things down, he cut off the cage, he held Lyoto against the cage as much as he could. And quite honestly, Lyoto killed his own chances of winning that fight because he never opened up in it. Lyoto can actually lose fights all on his own just be completely refusing to fight. If I'm Phil, I kind of walk him down but I stay at a really far away range in a very boring fight. But I make it look like I'm the aggressor, without ever really being aggressive, you know?
Give me the three most marketable fights that the UFC can make at this second? Or don't ever talk to me again.
Geeeeez. Well my relationship with you Arthur, means so much I had to immediately post this question and tell you ... 1. Anderson/Weidman II. 2. GSP/Hendricks. 3. Jones/Velasquez? Silva losing really switched those up.
I looked at the lines and was surprised to see Chael was the favorite over Shogun at around -150. I can't see Chael keeping Shogun down for long periods of time for 5 rounds.
Shogun is so done though. He's still dangerous because he's such a veteran and he's tough as nails but he's not himself anymore. Not even close. Hard guy to bet on right now. Looks like a guy with zero energy.
Alright cool. Let's wrap it there. Thanks as always for the questions. If you don't want to watch UFC 163, we'll have live chat and updates at ESPN.com on Saturday. And if you are watching the fights, stop in anyway to do all the poll/comments stuff. Hit me on Twitter anytime, @bokamotoESPN. See ya next week.