Morning Report: Dana White hints at second chance for Chael Sonnen

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Glancing at the language regarding Chael Sonnen's 'termination' with UFC and FOX Sports, you had to know the door hadn't been completely slammed on the charismatic fighter turned commentator. Unlike his hard-line stance on castoffs Paul Daley and Jason High, UFC president Dana White doesn't sound like he's completely out of the Chael Sonnen business.

"It breaks my heart," said White of the decision to cut ties with Sonnen. "I care about Chael very much. Me and Chael have had a very good relationship behind the scenes. He's a great guy. He had four banned substances in his body. What are you going to do?

"It is [discouraging]. The relationship that I have with him, when he took the test I would expect him to come to me and say, 'Hey listen, I've got some bad news for you.' It sucks."

Despite failing two random drug screenings administered by the Nevada Athletic Commission ahead of a Jul. 5 bout with Vitor Belfort, White believes Sonnen's possible redemption very much depends on how well explains the misstep to the public.

"I care about the guy very much and hopefully ... You know, it all depends on how he handles it," said White. "America is a very forgiving place for guys who do the right thing. You see what happens with the guys who dig their heels in and try to battle it. It doesn't work that well for them."

Temporarily suspended by the NAC on Jun. 17, Sonnen and his case are expected to be evaluated at the next commission meeting scheduled for Jul. 23rd in Las Vegas, NV.

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MEDIA STEW

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UFC 175 Embedded episode 2.

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Random A** interviews with Lyoto Machida and Ronda.

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The pros pick Weidman vs. Machida.

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Wanderlei Silva rescues a pup.

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Machida doesn't sound too worried about Weidman.

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Weidman wants the standing guillotine counter.

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Long watches.

UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida Care/Don't Care Preview

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Love a driving force for Davis to MMA

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TWEETS

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Too bad.

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Sound good?

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A bit more training footage.

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Oh, TMZ.

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Metamoris' statement on Chael.

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The battle wages on.

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Busy day for Forrest.

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Going to see an increase in missed calls.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Jul. 2 2014)

Thiago Alves out, Jordan Mein vs. Brandon Thatch at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos

Demian Maia vs. Mike Pyle at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos

Francis Carmont vs. Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Dos Anjos

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Juliana Lima at UFC on FOX 12

cancelled Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes at UFC 176

Takanori Gomi vs. Myles Jury at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via heavyfl0w.

UFC 175 Preview: I'm Not Dead Yet! (& Why I Like Machida)

The UFC's pay-per-view model is dying a slow and painful death, as evidenced by the reportedly ghastly numbers that last months UFC 174 did. Since the UFC partnered up with FOX, two things have been proven. One is that, because of the ubiquitous number of cards, coupled with the idea that the UFC is the only legitimate game in town, people really will tune into just about anything with the letters "UFC" on it. The other, though, is that this is true as long as it isn't a pay per view. Shelling out 55 bucks and planning a night around Demetrious Johnson and Ali Bagautinov is a little bit different than catching them while you're dully surfing through channels.

The UFC is going to put forth their best effort to alleviate that PPV stink with their annual 4th of July weekend show. The 2014 edition features two title fights ... and not a whole lot else (Sure, this is due to the fact that this lineup featured approximately 246 failed drug tests over the past few months ... but still). At least, not on the main card. You could make an argument that the prelims are actually more compelling than the main card as a whole. And since I'm the snob making that argument, I'm going to mow through the prelims as well. You only live once.

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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