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The A-Side Live Chat: Jon Jones drug test, UFC 232 short-notice move, Alexander Gustafsson, Cyborg vs. Nunes

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

Today on the show, we’ll talk the adverse findings in Jon Jones’ drug test and why the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) did not want to license him to fight Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 this coming Saturday. Why is USADA and the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) not considering this a Jones drug-test failure, while the Nevada commission is not too sure?

We’ll also discuss UFC 232 moving to California from Las Vegas, because the NAC won’t license Jones in its state. Wasn’t there a better way to do this for the UFC? Does this make any sense at all? How does this affect paying fans and fighters who already had accommodations in Las Vegas?

In addition, Gustafsson is the man fighting Jones in a UFC light heavyweight title fight at UFC 232. How does all of this affect him? Should he have even accepted the fight if there was a chance Jones might have tested positive for a prohibited substance?

We will also speak about the co-main event Saturday between Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes, a superfight for Cyborg’s UFC women’s featherweight title. How do all of these changes affect these women? How will the fight shake out? What is the future of the women’s featherweight division anyway?

Also on tap, we’ll chat about a pretty stacked Rizin card coming up this weekend, featuring Floyd Mayweather facing Tenshin Nasukawa in a boxing exhibition and Rizin champion Kyoji Horiguchi defending his bantamweight title against Bellator champ Darrion Caldwell. Is this Rizin’s best showing to date? What’s the point of Mayweather vs. Nasukawa anyway?

If there is time, we can also talk about Jones and Daniel Cormier going at it on Twitter, the biggest storylines of the year in MMA, the PFL championships coming up Monday and whatever else might come up via questions.

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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