Well guys, the Rockies dropped Dexter Fowler in a salary dump yesterday, and the Browns current QB choices for Sunday are either Caleb Hanie or Alex Tanney. Counting on some MMA talk here to lift my spirits.
Hunt vs Bigfoot is going to be one of the funniest looking professional fights in a long time. Hunt is a fat dude in every essence of the word, but packs dynamite in his fists. Bigfoot just seems like a huge doofy dude that just winds up and throws his ENTIRE body behind everything he throws. Gonna look hilarious if it makes it past the first round. Two EXHAUSTED heavyweights throwing slow motion punches and still trying to knock each other out. HUNT via first round knockout with a broken hand.
I'd actually say the Hunt, Struve fight looked funnier. Google the weigh-in photos of that staredown. Looks ridiculous. I agree Hunt wins in first round, that's my prediction, but actually these guys don't gas THAT bad. I've seen guys with way worse stamina in the heavyweight division than Hunt and Silva.
Hey Brett, How do you like Mark Hunts chances against Big Foot and seeing his ko of Strudl, what's happening with Stefan Struve? Loved watching that guy fight.
I've got Hunt first round knockout, but if Silva takes him down early that obviously changes. Don't think Hunt will be able to get off his back in that scenario. In regards to Struve, his team says he's back in camp and preparing for a return, we'll have to see where they book him and how his licensing procedure turns out.
Why are negotiations between Ben Askren and the UFC so difficult? He is one of the Top WWs outside of the UFC, and the UFC signs the best guys in the world. Whats the problem?
What's usually the problem when a potential employer can't come to terms with a free agent? Money.
Read something you said last week that really annoyed me. You said Weidman going for a leglock on Silva was really dumb. Why? Weidman has confidence in his jits and Silva is relatively untested there bar a few submission wins vs people with less than stellar jits. What we are really saying is people should just get on top and stay there and grind out a decision ala Chael P Sonnen vs Silva..... sorry state of affairs when a guy can be classed as "really dumb" for trying to win inside the distance.
You get Anderson Silva down in the first round, and you transition to a low-percentage submission which allows him to get back to his feet? I wasn't saying Weidman needs to just blanket him for 25 minutes, but you're facing the No. 1 striker in the world. You have him down in the first round. Go ahead and work from top position a bit.
Hi Brett. Think Herb Dean'll make it in to the UFC HOF? Bar none, best ever MMA ref
No idea, don't think I've ever heard Dana White discuss putting in a referee. By the time Herb calls it quits, who knows what the HOF will look like? It's always weird talking about the HOF for me because it's all based on the whims of UFC brass. If it were like other HOF's with voting panels, I would say yeah, Herb will be in there. There's no real guidelines currently on what gets you into the UFC HOF.
After watching Nate Diaz's performance on Saturday, can he make a run at another lightweight title fight?
Depends on who he fights. That was a great win for him, for sure, but it doesn't erase the fact he was run out of the building in his last two fights. He's got two identifiable weaknesses right now: big, athletic wrestlers ... and guys who can move laterally and get him to chase too much. He's only 28 though, he can still improve, which he'll have to if he wants to win a belt.
Do you have a favorite division? Right now lightweight has to be my favorite, the contenders don't end: Pettis, Grant, Aldo, Thomson, Melendez, Henderson, Alvarez, Chandler, Nurmagomedov, Diaz, Dos Anjos, Khabilov, Parke, Jury, Barboza, Gaethje, Newell, Makdessi, Sanchez, Green, Guillard, Johnson. Obviously, many of them won't fight for a title, but that's like 20 guys that have the potential to one day fight for the belt.
Lightweight has been my favorite division I guess you could say for a long time. Right now, I get pretty excited about the welterweight division though. Lawler, Woodley, Hendricks, MacDonald, GSP in the twilight of his career -- how's all that going to shake out?
Brett,I still think Carlos Condit is one of the top fighters in the world without a belt. Is he a win vs. Brown, then a win vs, say, Robbie Lawlor, from getting another shot? I agree, Hendricks has a better chance at beating GSP, but behind those two guys I'm still taking Condit vs. anyone else in the division. Thoughts?
No doubt he's one of the best in the world without a belt. The problem with Condit is a little bit like the problem with Nate Diaz though I was just talking about, he has a weakness to a certain kind of opponent. He's great at attacking off his back and wrestling to his feet, but he needs to get better at not being taken down to begin with. Hendricks had WAY too easy of a time taking Condit down. When Condit had GSP hurt with the head kick, what did GSP do? Took him down immediately. There are a lot of good wresters at 170, he probably has to shore up his takedown defense to get a long win streak.
What should we make of Gray Maynard at this point in his career? I think he's peaked already. Retirement next? Who does he fight?
I don't think he'll retire, but he's definitely entered a spot where that's the question ... who does he fight? Giving him a Top 10 opponent doesn't really make sense anymore. Has he reached that point where he starts fighting up and coming prospects who maybe make their name off beating him? It's kind of unfortunate. Things just seemed to go downhill for Gray overnight.
hey brettimagine jose aldo never existed....what would the featherweight division look like right now? who would be champion
I really don't want to live in a world where Jose Aldo doesn't exist ...... but I guess I would have to say Chad Mendes would have the belt. It would probably get passed around a bit.
What Bellator fighter do you think could switch to the UFC and make some serious noise?
All this year my answer would have probably been Pat Curran ... and I think it still is. Him or Eddie Alvarez. Michael Chandler is very solid, but we saw with good counterpunching you can keep him on the outside and there are good counterpunchers in UFC lightweight division. I'd say Curran ... I know he lost to Daniel Straus but I think he just had sort of an off night.
Yo Brett! Really looking forward to Cruz v Barao. Any info out of the Cruz camp? I like him to prove a lot of people wrong in that fight...also JOSH GORDON!!!!
For real. Josh Gordon. And the Browns were talking about trading him earlier in the year. God I hate my favorite teams. Any info I've heard out of Cruz camp has been mostly positive. I've said it in a few chats before though too, I don't know if Cruz beats Barao or not but I definitely think he'll at least make it a fight.
Would you put pettis in the same catagory as condit and diaz then?
Anthony Pettis? No, he doesn't have an easily identifiable hole. He was outwrestled in one fight by Clay Guida. DIdn't have a problem with that when he took Ben Henderson's belt.
Where's Cub Swanson been? When does he fight next?
Cub had a minor procedure on his elbow this month, remove bone fragments I believe. I think he was willing to fight through the issue if he got a big fight, it's existed for awhile, but when no big fight materialized he decided to get it fixed. Should be back February-ish.
If Te Huna wins, will people be talking more on Sunday about Shogun's fall or Te Huna's merit? I'm concerned this fight is a 'trap' for the Kiwi and he won't get his due with a win.
Eh, I wouldn't worry too much about Te Huna. I'm sure he loves this fight. Get a chance to beat Shogun in the co-main event, in your home country? That's a dream fight. I agree, more talk will be on Shogun's fall than Te Huna's rise, but that's as it should be. Te Huna just got smoked by Glover Teixeira in his last fight.
What is left for Anderson Silva to do once Weidman beats him again on Dec. 28th? Why would anyone want to see a legend hang on for too long only to rack up losses before Dana issues a forced retirement?
Well, obviously I think you're getting a liiiiiitle bit ahead of yourself with the Weidman beating him part. Let's see how the fight goes. To try and still answer your question though, let's assume Anderson looks awful and Chris finishes him, he still hasn't reached the "legend hanging on too long" status. He doesn't have a chin problem. He's not moving slow. He's not agreeing to meaningless fights. Maybe Anderson will run his career too long someday, but that day is a long ways off even if he loses to Weidman.
Guess what, Brett! Ryan Bader's fighting this weekend and Ryan Bader will reel off 5 wins in a row and become the LHW Champion of the world! Thoughts?
I agree with the Ryan Bader is fighting this weekend part of your statement.
Have you read Chuck Mindenhall's article about Rousey needing professionalism? Is the UFC letting her do things they wouldnt let other fighters do?
Yes I read it and ... no? What do you think she's doing that the UFC should call her back on? I have to be honest, I'm not real into the "Ronda Rousey has made herself look bad!!" storyline. If you saw Ronda behind the scenes, I mean, she's kind of unpredictable. She can be moody. She's a fighter and an overnight celebrity. She's got cameras around her all the time. She can do what she wants in my opinion. She's snapped at questions I've asked her before, it doesn't make any difference to me. As long as she shows up for marketing obligations for the UFC and fights ... what else do people want from her?
What TUF women impressed you at the Finale besides Pena? And how far do you see Pena going?
It's tough to predict how far Pena is going to go. She's only 24 ... I only saw her one fight. I didn't catch some of the TUF episodes this year. She looked good against Rakoczy, but clearly Rakoczy just isn't going to look good against a wrestler. I will say Pena has a blatant mean streak in her and she's athletic. Seems very confident too. All good things when looking at a prospect. I liked Raquel Pennington too, technical striker.
Hunt, Rua, Bader, Barry in one big parlay. Ya with me!?
I'd drop Barry. Not sure who wins that fight, but Barry is a crapshoot.
Im not too familiar with Soa Palelei. What can you tell me about him and will he win this weekend?? Massive guy huh??
He's a big guy, yeah. Going to look even bigger than usual since he's fighting Barry. He's got well rounded skills but likes to strike, obviously, you can tell that by looking at his record. Not always the best gas tank. I like his hands over Barry's leg kicks in this one, though.
So you're picking Rua? I just dont think he has anything left.
He might not. Te Huna has holes in his ground games though ... it's not an easy fight to predict. This recent version of Shogun tends to just load up on right hands after the first 2-3 minutes of a fight and if that's the case, Te Huna will pick him apart. I think he can take Te Huna down, though.
How does Tate beat Rousey?
Takes her back and submits her. Rousey gives up her back ... and it's not just her. Judokas in general sometimes tend to give up their back in an MMA fight.
After reading your thoughts on Nate Diaz, struggles vs bigger, wrestler-types, I totally agree. That makes me wonder what he was thinking when he said this would be his last fight @ 155, going back to 170.
I'll take a guess as to what he was thinking ... "Cutting weight and not eating food sucks."
Would you say that in every current division except for Lightweight (Pettis) and Middleweight (Weidman) , if the champ loses, they would automatically get a rematch?
No ... Demetrious Johnson no, Dominick Cruz no, Jose Aldo yes, Anthony Pettis no, Georges St. Pierre no, Chris Weidman no, Jon Jones yes, Cain Velasquez probably
Who's your least favorite person to interview in MMA?
I'd have to think about it but pretty much anyone who has nothing to say. The fighter who gives you the generic, cookie cutter phrases.
St. Pierre wouldnt automatically get a rematch? Are you kidding me Brett???
He's getting a rematch right now. You're telling me if Johny beats him in the rematch, they're going to do a second rematch immediately?
No Also around means Faber never leaves FW
That's true ... Faber would be in there. I don't think Chad would fight him, even though I think there's a good possibility Chad could beat him. We probably would have got a Faber, Frankie Edgar fight which would have been cool.
Hi Brett:Am I the only one getting a little bit annoyed by all the reasoning Hendick is giving on why he didn't knock GSP out? I was only hitting him @ 70%...my corner used the wrong type of hand wrap...but I dont want to make a fuzz...but then it hurt my hand afterward....I think majority of us seeing him as the victor in the first match, and I just thought that all those comments are not necessary
Yeah, but I don't think he can help himself. He thought he won, he's frustrated. And the 70 percent comment was taken way out of context by people in my opinion. He said it at the press conference, and I thought he was saying it more as he fought with 70 percent because it was his first five-round fight and he didn't want to gas out, which was a big concern about Hendricks going into the fight.
I like Glover but dont you think Jon Jones is gonna make quick work out of him?? Will it be Gustavson vs Cormier before Gustavson vs Jones?
No, I think Cormier will get somebody else and we'll see Gustafsson vs. Jones if and when those guys win their next fight. And yeah, I do think Jones will beat Glover ... Glover has a chance and if he won I wouldn't be shocked, but Jones should win that fight.
Bigger Story: Silva wins or Weidman wins?
Silva wins, for sure.
In the UFC's eyes, does Rousey need to be a fan favorite or does it not matter as long as she keeps dominating like she has so far?
In my opinion, as long as she keeps winning it doesn't matter. I mean look at what's going on right now, apparently everybody hates her ... and she's in the headline stack of every MMA website. And she hasn't fought since February. I think the UFC is cool with that.
If gsp really does not fight for awhile, what is next for Hendricks?
Probably Robbie Lawler, but if GSP isn't going to fight for awhile there's going to be a discussion about well, how long are you going to be out and what should we do with the belt? I don't think the UFC would ultimately strip him of it, but he's going to have to be more detailed with what his plans are with the UFC before they book Hendricks to another fight. And GSP will do that with them. If he doesn't want to fight for awhile, he'll sit down with the UFC and they'll come up with a plan, but it's not gonna be something like, GSP is taking an indefinite leave of absence, so Johny is going to fight Lawler just because.
Name in order Jones next 3-5 opponents, assuming he keeps winning.
Glover, Gustafsson, Anderson Silva, Velasquez, ?
Any update on Del Rosario?
Josh Gross has been handling the Del Rosario story for us, you can read his story here ... http://espn.go.com/mma/story/_/id/10050516/ufc-shane-del-rosario-life-support-no-brain-activity-remaining. He's added several updates.
What do you guys think. A confident cam newton against a great New Orleans defense. Or a struggling Phillip rivers against a bag giants defense. Your thoughts?
I'd go Cam Newton. Hope I'm right, I'm starting him this week.
+120 Hunt and -125 Huna turns $100 into $296. U in?
Not bad. What's Hunt, Shogun though?
Win or Lose, Weidman faces Vitor Belfort? And if so how much of a struggle do you think or possible dispute over having the match in Vegas or in America versus in a Soccer Stadium in Brazil and TRT Vitor winning the belt
Not win or lose. No way. If he loses, then you make the Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort fight. And then if Anderson wins, you have the Anderson/Jon Jones fight. And in terms of where it would be ... I think Vitor is fighting in Brazil for the rest of his career. Seriously, that's what it looks like at this point.
Who do you think is better Auburn or Ohio State. I think Ohio state is super overrated
I'd take Auburn on a neutral field.
Name in order Weidman's next 3 opponents assuming HE keeps winning.
Silva, Belfort, Jacare
What a murderers row that is! I hadn't really thought about it until that question. If Weidman takes down, Maia, Munoz, Silva, Silva, Belfort, Jacare? That's a better run than Jones had in his title defenses.
Hey Brett have you ever been threatened by an MMA fighter for something you wrote???
I wish there was a cool story I could tell, but no. It's never happened. I've had it where I knew a fighter probably wasn't that happy about what I wrote, but no real confrontations.
I'm bummed the machida vs belfort fight didn't happen. Was timing the issue? Or was it something else?
I guess timing. Dana kind of threw out the idea (I think it was just in passing, it was never actually considered), but when he did that it got everybody on board so quickly. Still a great chance that could happen. And actually, I forgot about Machida at middleweight, he'd probably fight Weidman before Jacare. So now you make that run Maia, Munoz, Silva, Silva, Belfort, Machida, Jacare? Get out of here.
Lyoto Machida vs Gegard Mousasi, hardcore MMA fans dream match up right here, who wins and how?
Machida, probably by decision. Don't think Mousasi is quick enough ... good at cutting off the cage, solid jab ... but probably not quick enough.
Belfort looks unstoppable right now. Assuming he keeps it up at this level (I know, big assumption), which fighters would you favor to beat him? So help me, I might actually favor Vitor over both Weidman and Silva, and it surprises me to realize that.
I still wouldn't favor him over either Weidman or Silva, but in the span of basically a year, he's gone from probably a +250/300 underdog to maybe 150 against them? If he were fighting Weidman, I'd guess he would be around 130/150. Fighting Silva? I'd guess 190 or so.
Hunt by KO, Shogun by submission, Bader by KO, Palelei by KO, Hester in an upset decision, Kedzie decision.
Where does JDS go from here? Do they do JDS-Nelson 2 or does he sadly get the winner of Mir-Overeem or the loser of Browne-Barnett?
Duh-Fee! Duh-Fee! Duh-Fee!
There will never be another phenomenon like Brock Lesnar in the UFC. Never. He doesn't get the credit he deserves for crossover sales and the ability to pick up a new sport while in his 30s. He's on the damn Mt. Rushmore, Brett. He's on it. Say it. He's on it. Say it, Brett.
I will not. Not the Mt. Rushmore. If we only get four faces, Brock's smiling mug doesn't make it. He was an incredible phenomenon no doubt, but I can't rank him Top 4 influence in UFC history.
Isnt Duffee out for a while?
He is, but I have to meet my quota of mentioning him once per chat. I miss Duffee so much.
The whole "JDS and Cain are way better than all the rest of the heavyweights" is so wrong. Cain is. JDS is not. JDS didn't look that great against Hunt if you remember.
No, he really didn't. He still won in crazy fashion, though. When you look at it strictly by results, JDS is ahead of that gap. Now, it's just reorganized to show Cain, gap, JDS, gap, everybody else.
Who is the next light heavyweight champ? I will go with Jones vacating and Glover as next champ. However, he won't beat Jones in next fight.
Just depends on who is up to fight for the belt. If Glover is a contender whenever Jones leaves, then I'd probably agree with you, Glover. Things could shake out in all kinds of ways, though. Rashad might even have a chance. In general, if Jones isn't in that division though, I think Glover is the champ, even over Gustafsson.
I get the sense that UFC prefers World Series of Fighting over Bellator? Why isnt Dana upset with WSOF yet? He seems to pick a fight with any potential contender...maybe WSOF is not viewed as a threat?
Exactly. No real threatening TV deal for WSOF. He has a decent relationship with Ray Sefo.
Who has a better chance of rejoining the UFC, Paul Daley or Ben Askren?
It wouldn't be rejoining for Askren, he was never there, but definitely Askren.
it was reported that Nate Diaz only made 30,000 for the fight excluding the bonus. is he still on the TUF contract or is he just underpaid?
There's no way he can still be on the TUF contract.
Is it possible that, besides dig at the quality of competition that Bellator has, that the UFC is sending a message to talented fighters that if they want to get a shot with them, Bellator is not going to be a viable option for them to go. Bellator is their biggest competition after all, even if it is a lot smaller fish.
I don't think so. They just signed a former Bellator champ Zach Makovsky to fight Scott Jorgensen on the Fox card. I think the Askren situation was more about money than anything, and maybe slightly influenced by perception -- like Bjorn Rebney offered to cut Askren if he got an immediate shot at the title, the UFC didn't even take that guarantee seriously (it was a weird guarantee), and now it's like, UFC saying "We don't care if he's an unrestricted free agent, we still don't want your champion. He's not good enough." There might be some of that in play, but mostly I think it's money.
How about one more Duffee mention? Is there anything better than a fighter that has that attitude of "finish or be finished"? i.e. fighters who just never go to decision, like Duffee, or even Joe Lauzon (he has 31 fights and only 3 decisions in his career, 2 of them were FOTN). There's just something thrilling about knowing a guy like that is one of the 2 combatants in a bout. It's the anti-Fitch/Askren.
I don't think Duffee can really help it. I don't think he necessarily even has that mentality, he just is a hard hitting heavyweight who can also be knocked out. It is a great mentality for those guys and for their fans, it has the setback though of, you're probably shortening your career by fighting that way. I'm sure their families don't like it.
Seems like the Rox needed to deal Dex so they could sign Morneau...you like this trade off? I just wish they got more for Dexter...
Why can't you pay for both? At $7.5 million, it's not like Fowler was breaking the bank especially when you consider his skill set. They needed a first baseman. Pay for one. And if you are set on trading Dex, then get something back in return. Sign Morneau anyway, but still get something for a valuable trade piece. Terrible.
Will we ever get to see Cormier fight Jones, or will they change weight classes at just the WRONG time?
They might change weight classes at just the wrong time and remember, you gotta think about super fights. Silva losing might have been due to him screwing around, maybe not, we'll find out, but nevertheless it was a wake up call that he can lose and he won't last forever. If he beats Weidman, his stock is back up, you can say the loss was a fluke, now, do you want to set up the super fight against Jones/Silva while the iron is hot or risk him losing again? I think they'd be willing to have Silva fight Belfort, but beyond that, I would guess they'd at least explore the super fight route.
Will Diego and Connor actually fight at 170 lbs?
Amazingly, I think they probably would, yeah. If it happens, I think Connar should just weigh-in at 145 anyway. Would be a bit of a gangster move and really, being underweight and fast against Sanchez wouldn't be that huge of a risk anyway.
*Conor, by the way.
What do fairly successful ufc fighters do after they get cut or retire? Do they just get other jobs? Does the ufc take care of them at all? Or do they get dropped completely? Do a lot of them have any money left after 2-3 years being out of it? Or is it like the NFL where pretty much everyone is put of money 5 years removed.
A lot of them are in the gym business. It's not really a profession where you still have money lying around 5 years after you retire, no. They need to keep working. You see a ton of them right now trying to get into broadcasting, but I would say the highest percentage of them remain in the gym business. Training or owning a local gym.
May the core fibers of your soul be continuously tapped out in the octagon of life for removing Brock's name from that sacred rock.
I'd say that's a great way to end it. Thanks for participating guys, always a good time. Follow me on Twitter @bokamotoESPN ... I want to give away the 20th anniversary program but I just haven't figured out how I want to determine who gets it. I will at some point though, so follow me if you want a chance to win it. We'll see you next week.