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UFC president Dana White dropped by the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show following UFC 200 Saturday night to cover a number of subjects.

White discussed a possible future fight for Brock Lesnar inside the Octagon, the make-shift Daniel Cormier-Anderson Silva bout, Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey and more.

White on Brock Lesnar’s return and if he’ll keep fighting in the UFC again

“Brock Lesnar hasn’t fought in how long? He’s a freak of nature. He’s under contract with the WWE, but you can tell he really likes being here. We’ll see what he can work out with Vince.”

White on Cormier vs. Silva

“I have a lot of respect for both of those guys for stepping up. DC has been messed up emotionally. Anderson was coming to Vegas to sign autographs at the Fan Expo and he jumped in to fight the light heavyweight champion.”

White on when Ronda Rousey will return

“She’s going to make that decision soon. It could be this year, or early next year. Whoever the champ is, she’ll fight them.”

White on Conor McGregor

“He made it very clear he’ll return to featherweight to defend his belt and fight that person. He’ll fight Jose after his next fight against Diaz.”

White on the women’s bantamweight division

“It’s exciting. If Ronda comes back, she’ll get the next title shot. If Holly looks good on FOX in two weeks, we’ll see.”

will brooks

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.

Tonight’s second of three straight nights of action comes to us from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with bouts airing live on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1.

In the main event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her strawweight title against top contender Claudia Gadelha.

These two are quite familiar with one another, as Jedrzejczyk scored a split decision in the first meeting. Also, they are coming off a season as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 23.

Speaking of TUF 23, the finals in both the light heavyweight and strawweight tournaments take place this evening.

In the co-main event, Andrew Sanchez takes on Khalil Rountree for the 205-pound title, while Amanda Cooper does battle with Tatiana Suarez in the 115-pound finale.

The FS1 main card also features the Octagon debut of former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks, as he meets former TUF winner Ross Pearson. Rounding out the main card will be Doo Ho Choi vs. Thiago Tavares and Joaquim Silva vs. Andrew Holbrook.

Four bouts are set for the FS1 prelims, including former UFC title contender Gray Maynard vs. Fernando Bruno. John Moraga, another title contender, meets Matheus Nicolau, TUF 23 fighters Josh Stansbury and Cory Hendricks square off, while Cezar Ferreira-Anthony Smith begins the televised fights.

Two online prelims will feature Jake Matthews vs. Kevin Lee and Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir.

Now, let the action begin!

ufc 200

The curious case of Jon Jones returned late Wednesday night, as UFC officials removed the interim light heavyweight champion from the UFC 200 main event role.

Jones and the UFC were notified of a possible anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition drug test that “Bones” took on June 16.

While Jones and his legal team have the right to order a review of the case, due to his scheduled fight on Saturday night, officials were forced to remove him from the card. The UFC continues to work to find a replacement that will allow light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier to compete.

Below is the complete statement from the UFC:

The UFC organization was notified tonight that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on June 16, 2016.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.

However, because Jones was scheduled to compete against Daniel Cormier this coming Saturday, July 9 in Las Vegas, there is insufficient time for a full review before the scheduled bout and therefore the fight has been removed from the fight card. As a result, the three-round heavyweight bout between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt will become the UFC 200 main event.

Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen was a guest on “Submission Radio” recently, discussing the star power of Brock Lesnar, his potential return to action and more.

Check out a complete transcript of the interview below:

If Dana White will still want to bring Fedor in to the UFC after his latest fight

“Yeah, I think so. I think that Fedor is going to come over to the UFC. There’s nobody on the roster that he could beat and I don’t think there’s anybody that he wants to fight. You know, he’s pretty clear on what his business plan is, which is to go out and fight the easiest guys possible and keep the mystique going. And it’s not a bad plan. That’s actually not meant to be a knock on him. He’s selling tickets and drawing attendance and getting away with it. But yeah, the UFC is a whole other deal. But if someone wants to see Fedor get beat up, you know, it is what it is.”

“Everything I tell you about Fedor, it’s not like I’m real negative on him. The reality is, I wanna see him fight. Cause I live in that bubble. I’d tune in to see him fight anyone of those guys. And I don’t make believe that he’s gonna beat them, but I think he brings something to the table. I think that he brings a presence, I wanna see him make that walk, get in the octagon, I wanna see him do the bit. So yeah, there’s no doubt I’d tune in to see him – against anybody. It wouldn’t just have to be Brock [Lesnar]. You could throw out a hundred different names, I’m buying it.

Why Lesnar isn’t a “really good” wrestler but is an “effective” wrestler

“He wasn’t a really good wrestler, he was an effective wrestler. I’ll put this in perspective for you. In the NCAA when he won his national title, he was 265 pounds, which was the limit. In the finals, he had a guy that was 220 pounds and he had to go into double overtime with him. There’s not very many wrestlers alive, if any, that if they had a forty-five-pound weight advantage couldn’t put that guy away in about thirty seconds. So he was an effective wrestler, but you know, he had some size and he had a lot of other things to help him get his hand raised. It wasn’t skill and technique. He kept good position, he was a good competitor and he achieved some really great things. So I don’t think that a guy as short as Hunt is just gonna get bum-rushed and taken down. You gotta understand, Brock hasn’t been in the ring in five years, Hunt was the number one contender within the last calendar year. So no, you don’t have to be exactly an MMA expert to be able to see how this fight goes. Hunt’s gonna wreck him. But Brock’s still stepping in there, and he’s a once-in-a-lifetime attraction. If Brock’s fighting, you don’t want to miss it. And this truly will be his last fight. Anytime there’s speculation “is this gonna be the guy’s last fight?” that helps to draw, that helps make you go “I don’t wanna miss it”. For sure this is Brock’s last fight. So yeah man, people want to see it. I’m one of those people.”

If Lesnar is a bigger draw than McGregor and Rousey when he makes his UFC 200 comeback

“Yeah absolutely. And we talked about this, but Rousey was never the draw that she was advertised as. She never did the PPV numbers or the live gates that was advertised. It was always Conor by a lot, during that era when there was a debate between those two. Conor was the money guy. And why it was promoted and marketed differently, I don’t know, but it was just that. It was promotion and marketing. It was not reality. And yes, Lesnar crushes them both. They’re not even comparable. When you’re talking about the biggest UFC of all time and the biggest gate – you never bring up UFC 100. It was just such an anomaly. It’s like it’s taken off the board. You know, they did 1.755 million. So yes, Lesnar without a doubt is the biggest attraction the UFC has ever seen.”

Chael’s thoughts on GSP’s potential return

“I love it. I wanna see Georges back in there. I didn’t think it would happen. When he turned down UFC 200 – particularly the way his contract and the threshold and the bonus structure works, he was looking at anywhere from twelve to fifteen million dollars. No he’s gonna be looking more at four to 5.3 million dollars. So I was a little surprised that if he turned down two hundred, why or if he would ever come back – and I still don’t have the answer to that. I still think that the card to come back for was UFC 200, but he didn’t do it. So if he wants to come back, I’m all for it and if he wants a title shot against Bisping, he’s gonna get it.

If GSP can beat Bisping and if it makes sense for him to be the UFC Middleweight champion

“Yeah, I think that GSP would win. And does it make sense? Sure it does. It’s a very rare thing. And again, it might be a one-off. I don’t know that he would defend that belt. I think that he likes the match up, he likes that opponent, he likes that it’s a world title fight in a different division. I think he likes those things. I don’t know that he wants to get in there with Rockhold and Jacare. I don’t know that he does. But he likes this. And history will reflect very well on it if he was to come out of retirement and win a world championship in a different weight class.”

With Chael having a win over Bisping, if he’d be open to fighting him or even GSP for the UFC title when he returns

“I wouldn’t give a damn either way whoever the opponent is. I think only bullies pick their opponents. But I think that if you’re going to be in that sport – and this is my own code – everybody lives by a code, but mine was “anyone, anywhere, anytime”. And if I was competing or back in my career, that was always the rule that I wouldn’t change. I do not care about the opponent.”

If he’s still interested in a fight with Tim Kennedy if he hypothetically returned to MMA

“Yeah, there wouldn’t be anybody off the table. I’m not coming back. you know I don’t think that’s appropriate – and talking about living by a code. I also follow the rule – I’d say whatever I want about a guy, but I would always walk in there and let that guy answer for it if he had a problem with it. So I’m not in that pool anymore. I’m not going to walk in there and answer for it. So I’m a little torn. But to answer your question, a hypothetical matter, yes, you can add Tim Kennedy to the list.”

On how CM Punk will do now that his debut at UFC 203 is official

“I’d like to see Punk do really well. I know this is a dream of his. He’s worked really hard, he scarified, he dedicated, he put into it. I’d like to see him do really well. But I think the same thing can be said for his opponent. And those guys will go out and have their match and we’ll see if it happens. I’m not ready to sign off that I believe that that’s going to happen, but I did read the article, and let’s see if does.”

Why Chael thinks the Punk fight might not happen

“Yeah, we’ll see. There’s a lot of moving parts there. There’s been opportunities before and the match hasn’t happened. Let’s see. Let’s just see if it does.”

ufc 200

The complete card for UFC 200 is now official, and it will pack quite the punch.

Three current UFC champions, six former champs, an ex-K1 titleholder and a former PRIDE champion will all be in action, along with three ex-Ultimate Fighter winners and a combined 93 “Fight Night” bonuses.

The card, set for July 9 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, features a main event between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones for the unified light heavyweight title. Also, Brock Lesnar returns vs. Mark Hunt, Miesha Tate defends her bantamweight belt vs. Amanda Nunes and Jose Aldo tackles Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight belt.

Below is the complete card, along with another video promo:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

Unified UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Jon Jones (ic)

Heavyweight: Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt

Interim UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar

UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Miesha Tate (c) vs. Amanda Nunes

Heavyweight: Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1/8 p.m. ET)

Female Bantamweight: Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena

Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Bantamweight: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao

Lightweight: Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez

Middleweight: Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago Santos

Lightweight: Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller

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