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The A-Side Live Chat: Jon Jones, UFC 231 aftermath, final FOX show, welterweight title picture, more

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This is The A-Side Live Chat on MMA Fighting.

Today on the show, we’ll talk Jon Jones getting his license reinstated by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). Why did Jones have to go through this process with his fight already booked? What were the main takeaways from the hearing? What was the significance of all the talk surrounding CSAC, USADA and VADA?

We’ll also discuss the aftermath from a great UFC 231 card from last weekend, featuring Max Holloway’s incredible TKO victory over Brian Ortega. Is lightweight on the horizon for Holloway? If so, who should be his next opponent? And where does the incredibly tough Ortega go from here?

In addition, the final UFC on FOX show is this coming Saturday, headlined by an important lightweight title fight between Al Iaquinta and Kevin Lee. What are some memories of the FOX era? What are some things we’ll miss? Where does the winner of that big fight go next at 155?

We will also speak about the murky UFC welterweight title picture. Tyron Woodley seemed to be on a collision course with Colby Covington, but now things are up in the air and Kamaru Usman and Ben Askren are in the mix. What options do the UFC have at this point? In an ideal scenario, what should they do? And how does all of this affect UFC 233, which has been damaged by injuries and the UFC yanking fights off of it to put on ESPN?

Also on tap, we’ll chat about John Kavanagh’s recent comments about Conor McGregor. The coach had some interesting things to say in a recent interview about his star and his views on McGregor’s fighting future. What is there to be taken away from that?

If there is time, we can also talk about Bellator making its debut in Hawaii with a pair of shows this weekend. Friday night, which will be a show in front of troops, is headlined by Brent Primus vs. Michael Chandler for the Bellator lightweight title. Saturday sees Hawaii native Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defending her women’s flyweight title against Valerie Letourneau.

There is plenty to talk about, so join us to discuss all of the above and much more. All is up for discussion. The chat will start at our time of 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.

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