- With fight week beginning for Saturday's UFC 202 card, that also means the return of the "Embedded" series. The series takes us behind-the-scenes and provides us with how the fighters prepare for action. In the first installment, we hear from Conor McGregor and see Anthony Johnson getting in a conditioning session.
- Jon Jones doesn't believe he will be away from MMA for two years. The interim UFC light heavyweight champion posted a message on his private Instagram account recently, stating that he will be back soon. Jones failed a pre-fight drug test last month ahead of UFC 200.
"I've been doing really good – been training, spending time with family, attacking some of these legal issues that I've gotten myself into," he said (thanks to MMAjunkie for transcribing). "(I'm) really trying to just leave that all behind once and for all. I'm sure you guys are curious about what's going on with this USADA situation. Obviously I can't get into it because it's still pending, but what I can say is that we have found out lots of really good news, and I am expecting to be back in the octagon really soon."
A handful of fighters have been able to state their case to the USADA and have their suspensions cut to six months. That would allow Jones to fight at the end of 2016 or early 2017 if he is able to do that.
- UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping will enter UFC 204 as a heavy favorite over Dan Henderson. Bisping will make his first title defense in his home country on October 8 from the Manchester Arena in Manchester on pay-per-view.
According to odds, "The Count" is currently a -240 favorite over Henderson, who knocked him out at UFC 100. Henderson, a former Pride and Strikeforce champion, is +180. The odds are courtesy of MMA Odds Breaker.
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