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The A-Side Live Chat: Conor McGregor arrest, Till vs. Masvidal, UFC Wichita aftermath, BJ Penn, more

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

Today on the show, we’ll be talking Conor McGregor’s arrest earlier this week in Miami Beach. What are the biggest takeaways from the situation, where a man is accusing McGregor of smashing his cell phone? Is this a disturbing pattern of events for McGregor? Will it affect his return to MMA?

We’ll also discuss Darren Till vs. Jorge Masvidal in the UFC London headliner. How is that fight likely to go? How much significance does this have for the welterweight division? Will Ben Askren’s presence in London be felt?

In addition, UFC Wichita was last weekend, featuring Junior dos Santos’ TKO win over Derrick Lewis in the main event. How good was dos Santos’ performance? What should be next for him? Where does Lewis go from here after two straight losses?

We will also speak about B.J. Penn’s booked fight at UFC 237 against Clay Guida. Why is Penn coming back? How will he fare against Guida? And does it even matter?

Also on tap, we’ll chat about the booking of Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith for UFC Stockholm in June. Why is Smith coming back so quickly? How important is this fight for Gustafsson?

If there is time, we can also talk about Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza headlining UFC Sunrise, as well as Romero’s USADA accusations regarding Paulo Costa. Bare Knuckle FC signed Paulie Malignaggi last week and could be targeting a fight between him and McGregor teammate Artem Lobov for later this year. UFC London’s co-main event pitting Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson in another key welterweight bout is also very intriguing.

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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