This is the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat.
Never a dull moment is there? For starters, UFC 197 was made official this week. That means Conor McGregor will jump to lightweight retaining his featherweight belt to face reigning champion Rafael dos Anjos. It also means UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm will defend her strap against Miesha Tate. As for Ronda Rousey? She apparently won't even compete at UFC 200, maybe not until the fall of 2016. We'll break down what all of this means.
Nick Diaz worked out a settlement with the Nevada Athletic Commission. In short, he's suspended 18 months retroactive to the date of the fight and has to pay $100,000. It's still an outrageous penalty and the portion of the agreement where he has to admit he invoked his Fifth Amendment privileges incorrectly raises some eyebrows. Still, at least it's not what it was, I suppose.
Last, but certainly not least, UFC middleweight Yoel Romero was flagged for an irregularity after an out of competition test. This throws the title picture into play and could be the end of Romero's career depending on how things proceed. Needless to say, there's quite a bit going on.
There's a lot going on, so join me today to discuss all of this and more. In terms of today's chat, anything is up for discussion, but I will lead with this and it all kicks off at 1 p.m. ET.
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