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The massive event has undoubtedly hit some obstacles and speed bumps along the way, but with Brock Lesnar, Mark Hunt, Anderson Silva, Daniel Cormier and two title fights on the main card alone, this remains one of the most anticipated events in the company’s history.

Brock Lesnar last stepped into the Octagon in December 2011, but the former UFC heavyweight champion is ready to resume his MMA career.

The UFC announced Lesnar has agreed to return for a fight at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas, per MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. The company has yet to announce his opponent.

Earlier Saturday, Helwani reported discussions were taking place between the UFC and Lesnar regarding a return.

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Card starts at 10 p.m. ET on PPV

Heavyweight: Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne

Featherweight: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar (for interim featherweight title)

Light Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier (C) vs. Anderson Silva (non-title bout)

Heavyweight: Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt

Women’s Bantamweight: Miesha Tate (C) vs. Amanda Nunes

WWE released a statement on Lesnar following the announcement:

“[Lesnar] remains under contract to WWE, however, he has been granted a one-off opportunity to compete at UFC 200.  Following this milestone event on July 9, Brock will return to WWE for SummerSlam on Sunday, August 21, live on WWE Network.”

UFC posted a promotion video for UFC 200 featuring Lesnar at the end.

Lesnar initially left WWE in 2004 to pursue a career in the NFL. After he fell short of making the Minnesota Vikings roster, the former University of Minnesota NCAA heavyweight champion decided to try mixed martial arts.

He joined the UFC in 2008 and quickly became a top box office draw. He defeated Randy Couture for the heavyweight championship in just his third UFC fight, and while he helped the company to some huge pay-per-view numbers, he left after a loss to Alistair Overeem in 2011 as diverticulitis prevented him from reaching his potential.

Lesnar went back to WWE in 2012 and made a major impact. In addition to ending The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania XXX in 2014, he became WWE world heavyweight champion by beating John Cena later that year.

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The Beast Incarnate was also part of the main event at WrestleMania 31 against Roman Reigns, but despite his spot atop the card in WWE, rumors persisted about his return to the UFC upon the expiration of his contract.

Even with whispers reaching a fever pitch in December 2014, UFC President Dana White denied having any contact with Lesnar, per John Morgan of MMAJunkie.com.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via Matt Boone of MMANews.com), Lesnar started to shed weight that month in preparation for a return to the Octagon. Meltzer added that Lesnar’s altered appearance led WWE officials to believe he was leaning toward a UFC return as well, per Morgan.

“The Lesnar people always keep things quiet, but within the company, the belief is that he’s going back to UFC, and his showing up lighter to TV last week confirmed that to people who thought it,” Meltzer wrote.

Speculation of a UFC encore was fueled even more at the end of February 2015 when Lesnar appeared at the UFC 184 card headlined by Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano, as seen in this photo courtesy of MMAFighting.com.

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The 38-year-old isn’t getting younger, and his 5-3 career MMA record doesn’t suggest he was an elite fighter to begin with.

Lesnar was a champion, though, and all signs point to him being 100 percent healthy right now. With that in mind, perhaps he is better equipped to succeed this time around than he was during his first UFC stint.

Regardless of how well he performs at UFC 200—a card headlined by Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier—he will make the company a lot of money for as long as he continues to compete. Signing Lesnar is a massive success for White, and it promises to be a lucrative move for Lesnar as well.

Fight Pass Preliminary Card

Card starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass.

Lightweight: Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi

Middleweight: Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago Santos

Lightweight: Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon


Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card

Card starts at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Lightweight: Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Martin

Batnamweight: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao

Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Women’s Bantamweight: Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena

UFC 200: Predicting What the PPV Portion of the Fight Card Will Look Like

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UFC 100, the most purchased pay-per-view in the fight promotion’s history, took place just less than seven years ago.

It was headlined by the most marketable heavyweight to date, Brock Lesnar, in a rematch with the man who ruined his promotional debut at UFC 81, Frank Mir. The co-main event featured perhaps the most likable champ in company history, Georges St-Pierre, taking on then-top contender Thiago Alves. The third fight pitted the All-American Dan Henderson opposite British spitfire Michael Bisping. Even Jon Jones was on the card, lurking on the prelims, in only his third UFC fight.

In more than three months on July 9, UFC 200 will go down. Given the grandeur of UFC 100, it’s only natural the brass will want to go even bigger for its bicentennial pay-per-view event.

So who will headline the fight card? How will they fill out the rest of the main card?

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NFL Preseason 2016

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Week 2 of the NFL preseason begins Thursday with an intrastate matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers and continues with a slate of interesting matchups and opportunities to see bubble players and rookies prove what they can do.

Also featured in the Week 2 lineup is a matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks, two teams that could face off again in the NFC Championship Game as winners of their respective divisions come January.

Below, you will find everything you need to watch the games, including who is on the schedule and how to stream the games online. Each game will be broadcast within their respective markets, so if you live near one of these teams’ home city, you may get the game on live TV.

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NFL Preseason: Week-2

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016

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Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans:

Carolina

Tennessee

11:00 AM (ET) Nissan Stadium, Nashville

The Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans square off this Saturday for the second preseason game of the 2016 season. Both teams are trying to figure out their depth charts and see who will make the final 53-man roster. They’ll get to test each other against live competition that they haven’t seen before.

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The Tennessee Titans, almost entirely over the course of a single offseason, have revamped their entire running game and the results after one preseason game have been positive. Tennessee brought in DeMarco Murray, the 2014 season rushing leader who looked completely out of his league last season, and Murray seems to have responded well to Tennessee’s system. He broke off a 71-yard touchdown run in the preseason opener.

Derrick Henry, a rookie taken in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, is big, athletic, has a high ceiling and also impressed with 74 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in the opener. Bishop Sankey added a 41-yard run and a touchdown as well. With 288 yards on the ground, the Titans ran all over the San Diego Chargers, and that was without dual-threat quarterback Marcus Mariota registering a single carry.

The Titans have been bolstering their offensive line chiefly to shore up protection for Mariota, but it’s also helped turned their running game into one of the most physical in the league. How they perform against the stout defensive front of the Carolina Panthers on Saturday gives this preseason matchup a bit more pizzazz.

New York Giants vs Buffalo Bills:

New York

Buffalo

12:00 PM (ET) New Era Field, Buffalo

In Week 1, the Giants lost to the Dolphins 27-10. Poor quarterback play cost New York a victory, as Ryan Nassib only had 75 yards and two interceptions on 15 passes attempted. It’s not a good early look for the Syracuse alumnus, who may be Eli Manning’s backup this season. Logan Thomas saw time under center too, but only attempted three passes.

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However, the Giants had a strong running game. They totaled 158 yards on 32 carries for one touchdown. If underwhelming quarterback play returns, can the running backs step up?

Buffalo is coming off a loss as well. The Indianapolis Colts defeated them 19-18. Former Ohio State Buckeye and 2015 national champion Cardale Jones saw ample time at quarterback. He put up 162 yards and one touchdown on 21 pass attempts. The expected regular season starter, Tyrod Taylor, only played one series.

This game should be another building block for the Giants and Bills, as they prepare for the 2016 NFL season. Players will look to impress their coaches, so they can continue into the regular season. Who could stand out to stake a claim for a roster spot on Saturday night?

Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts:

Baltimore

Indianapolis

7:00 PM (ET) Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Colts didn’t play the Hall of Fame Game and Andrew Luck was held out of action against the Buffalo Bills, but the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback looks to finally make his return to the field on Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is expected make his 2016 debut Saturday and start against the Ravens in his first football game in 10 months. Luck’s season was cut short last fall when he suffered a lacerated kidney on Nov. 8, causing him to miss the Colt’s final seven games. Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano has said he would like Luck to play a quarter or possibly a quarter and a half.

“We’d like to see him go out and feel comfortable executing, calling the plays,” Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski said (via the Indianapolis Star). “Going through some of the things last week was good for us from an efficiency standpoint and (with the) procedure with the headset coming down from the box. There were a few things that were a little bit different and some things that we’ll tweak in that regard, but Andrew has played enough football that you feel pretty confident that he’ll be able to pick up right where he left off and get right back on the bike.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars:

Tampa Bay

Jacksonville

7:30 PM (ET) EverBank Field, Jacksonville

Like the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears earlier this week, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will see each other in a preseason game after a week of practicing together.

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From a distance, it seems like an odd situation in the NFL where coaches are usually meticulous about creating game plans to take advantage of an opponent’s weaknesses. Instead, the two teams spend a week exposing their vulnerabilities to each other and do little to incorporate packages to exploit them.

But that’s the nature of preseason. Nothing about the score matters and it’s just a way for veterans to get ready for the season, rookies to adjust to the speed of the game and backups to secure a spot on the roster — or at the least, show other teams what kind of play they can offer.

The Jaguars and Buccaneers have both been professional about the odd circumstances too. While many joint practices devolve into chaos, the coaches kept players on a tight leash and second-year pass rusher Dante Fowler was tossed from a session for even trying to start a fight.

New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans:

New Orleans

Houston

8:00 PM (ET) NRG Stadium, Houston

The New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans are two teams that are hoping they can catch a playoff spot in 2016. While both face long odds in their respective conferences, it’s not out of the realm of possibility they grab a final Wild Card spot or hope for implosion within their division. On Saturday night, both teams will play each other in a preseason game.

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It’s an increasingly common way to prepare for the regular season, giving teams a chance to see new looks in practice and hit players that aren’t teammates. While some of the sessions devolve into brawls, the Saints and Texans reportedly avoided any kind of serious conflicts.

Instead, the problem for both teams has been getting through camp healthy. On Thursday alone, three Saints — cornerbacks Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams and offensive tackle Zach Strief — were carted back to the locker room.

The Texans are trying to get back to 100 percent, particularly along the defensive line. J.J. Watt underwent back surgery in the offseason that could cost him time in the regular season, so he certainly won’t be seen in the game on Saturday night. But an appearance from Jadeveon Clowney appears likely.

San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos:

San Francisco

Denver

9:00 PM (ET) Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver

The 49ers will be without quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as he continues resting his arm. Chip Kelly hopes to have him back next week for the Packers game, but he’s said that each week, so let’s not hold our breath. Blaine Gabbert will start, and Jeff Driskel and Christian Ponder will come on after him. They will face Trevor Siemian, Mark Sanchez, and Paxton Lynch.

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Well, the battle hasn’t happened yet. Kaepernick, who was benched in favor of Gabbert last season despite a massive franchise quarterback type of contract, is still recovering from a shoulder injury. Kaepernick missed the first preseason game against the Houston Texans, and he’ll miss Saturday’s game against the Denver Broncos, too. The plan for now is for him to finally take the field next week against the Green Bay Packers.

As if things weren’t dire enough for the 49ers’ quarterback race, backup Thad Lewis tore his ACL against the Texans, and the 49ers signed failed first-round pick Christian Ponder. That means Gabbert, Ponder and rookie Jeff Driskel will take all of the snaps on Saturday. Ouch.

Things are certainly better for the reigning Super Bowl champions, but the Denver Broncos have serious quarterback questions, too. In the wake of Peyton Manning’s retirement this offseason, and Brock Osweiler signing with the Texans in free agency, the Broncos are trying out three quarterbacks for the starting job.

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams:

Kansas City

Los Angeles

9:00 PM (ET) Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

The Chiefs say their last regular season visit to Los Angeles came November 10, 1991 at Anaheim Stadium. (To play the Rams. Technically, Anaheim. They were in Los Angeles after that for the Raiders. I made this way more confusing than it needed to be) The picture above shows you how long ago that was — Marlboro was a sponsor inside the stadium.

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Playing behind Case Keenum, Goff’s NFL career didn’t get off to the finest start a week ago. When he dropped back for his second pass, he was drilled by a pass rusher and threw an interception.

Goff should have his hands full with the Chiefs secondary Saturday, especially considering Marcus Peters seems like he’s picked up right where he left off. The 2015 first-round pick intercepted eight passes during his rookie season and snagged one last week against Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of that play was Peters’ awareness. He made sure to drag two feet so he stayed in bounds while falling out of the end zone. Few cornerbacks possess that kind of savvy and skill.

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Olympic Athletics 2016

The field may not be stacked, but golf is back at the Olympic Games … for the first time in 112 years.

Forget concerns about Zika, the wild (and cute) animals inhabiting the course and the big-name players that ditched the event for one reason or another: We’re about to see something none of us have before in our lives — three golfers win Olympic medals for representing their countries.

Whether the United States sweeps the medals (as our own Kyle Porter thinks is possible) or not, the Americans are some of the highest-ranked competitors and favorites in the event. Henrik Stenson, who won his first major at The Open Championship and has been playing great golf for the last month, is the overall favorite, of course.

The other good news? With NBC airing every moment of 2016 Rio Olympics action live either on television or online, you can watch more than eight hours of important golf each day despite all four majors being in the books this season.

With that, here’s how to watch four days of golf from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Round 1 — Thursday

Start time: 6:30 a.m.

Live TV coverage: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Golf Channel

TV simulcast online: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]

Featured holes — 1, 16-18: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]


Round 2 — Friday

Start time: 6:30 a.m.

Live TV coverage: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Golf Channel

TV simulcast online: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]

Featured holes — 1, 16-18: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]


Round 3 — Saturday

Start time: 6:30 a.m.

Live TV coverage: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Golf Channel

TV simulcast online: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]

Featured holes — 1, 16-18: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]


Round 4 — Sunday

Start time: 6:30 a.m.

Live TV coverage: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Golf Channel, 1-3 p.m. on NBC

TV simulcast online: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]

Featured holes — 1, 16-18: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]

Olympic Golf 2016

The field may not be stacked, but golf is back at the Olympic Games … for the first time in 112 years.

Forget concerns about Zika, the wild (and cute) animals inhabiting the course and the big-name players that ditched the event for one reason or another: We’re about to see something none of us have before in our lives — three golfers win Olympic medals for representing their countries.

Whether the United States sweeps the medals (as our own Kyle Porter thinks is possible) or not, the Americans are some of the highest-ranked competitors and favorites in the event. Henrik Stenson, who won his first major at The Open Championship and has been playing great golf for the last month, is the overall favorite, of course.

The other good news? With NBC airing every moment of 2016 Rio Olympics action live either on television or online, you can watch more than eight hours of important golf each day despite all four majors being in the books this season.

With that, here’s how to watch four days of golf from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Round 1 — Thursday

Start time: 6:30 a.m.

Live TV coverage: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Golf Channel

TV simulcast online: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]

Featured holes — 1, 16-18: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]


Round 2 — Friday

Start time: 6:30 a.m.

Live TV coverage: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Golf Channel

TV simulcast online: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]

Featured holes — 1, 16-18: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]


Round 3 — Saturday

Start time: 6:30 a.m.

Live TV coverage: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Golf Channel

TV simulcast online: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]

Featured holes — 1, 16-18: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]


Round 4 — Sunday

Start time: 6:30 a.m.

Live TV coverage: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Golf Channel, 1-3 p.m. on NBC

TV simulcast online: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]

Featured holes — 1, 16-18: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com [Watch]

NFL Preseason 2016

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For many teams with established starters at the most important positions, the preseason can be a boring matchup of players who won’t have much of an impact in the regular season. It’s doubtful that will be the case when the Houston Texans take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.

The only game of the day features two teams with plenty of intrigue at quarterback and that makes for some drama typically not seen in week one of the preseason.

Houston spent big money in the offseason to upgrade the offense, but all the moves will be moot if Brock Osweiler doesn’t pan out like the Texans believe he will.

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When: 7 p.m. ET

Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.

TV: NFL Network, ABC 13 (Houston), CBS 5 (San Francisco)

Announcers: John Sadak, Spencer Tillman (Texans); Bob Fitzgerald, Tim Ryan (49ers)

Odds: 49ers (-3)

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Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers:

Houston

San Francisco

7:00 PM (ET) Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara

That retooled offense, along with Lamar Miller in the backfield and some new offensive linemen up front, makes for a dramatically different lineup for the Texans that will debut against the 49ers in primetime.

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For San Francisco, it’s the first glimpse of what the Chip Kelly era will look in the Bay Area. Once the most coveted and sought-after coaches in the nation, the former Oregon offensive guru is working to redeem himself after the Philadelphia Eagles collapsed with Kelly at the reins.

But to turn around his reputation and re-stake his claim as one of the smartest offensive coaches in the NFL, he’ll have to find success with one of the two reclamation projects the 49ers have at quarterback.

Former Jacksonville Jaguars first-round bust Blaine Gabbert will start against the Texans on Sunday, but he hasn’t officially been named the starter for the regular season. A strong showing against Houston could do the trick, especially after Gabbert showed good things in his time as a starter during the 2015 regular season.

Colin Kaepernick, who once appeared to be the clear-cut starter of the future for the 49ers, has been dealing with “arm fatigue” in the week leading up to the preseason opener.

But defense could also steal the show for the 49ers after the team concentrated heavily on that side of the ball in the NFL Draft. The No. 7 overall pick, DeForest Buckner, is a 6’7, 291-pound tank of a defensive end who shouldn’t be hard to pick out in his first game in a 49ers uniform.

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It’s been a long offseason, but football is just about back for the San Francisco 49ers! The team kicks off their 2016 preseason schedule on Sunday, so it is once again time for our first nuts and bolts post of the new season. The 49ers host the Houston Texans Sunday evening, with game time set for 4 p.m. PT.

The two teams conducted a joint practice on Friday, and this marks the fifth preseason matchup between the two teams. The Texans won the preseason opener 23-10 last season, and lead the series 3-1. We all remember that game as the one in which Jarryd Hayne first burst on the scene. Prior to that, the 2014 game, in which the 49ers won 40-13, was probably the most memorable. It was the preseason finale, so most of the starters did not play. That resulted in a career performance from Kyle Nelson. The long snapper is also listed at tight end, and he got some time in that game. He finished with two touchdown catches.

And of course, this game marks Chip Kelly’s debut as head coach. I am expecting fairly vanilla play, but it should be of the up-tempo variety, so that will be something different to watch. But really this game will be about tracking all the position competitions. The team has two weeks of practice under its belt, and now we get to see the players in serious live action.

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Rio 2016

Opening ceremony: Friday, August 5, at 7 pm Eastern at the Maracanã Stadium (NBC will stream the show at a one-hour delay on the East Coast, at 8 pm Eastern, and at a four-hour delay on the West Coast, at 8 pm Pacific)

While most of the events will start on or after the opening ceremony, the Olympic games kicked off on August 3 with soccer. The US women’s soccer team won its Olympic opening match against New Zealand. (The US men’s soccer team failed to qualify for the Olympics this year.)

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But now those questions come to an end as athletes, tourists, dignitaries, and journalists from around the world gather in Rio to kick off two weeks of sporting competition, in an Olympic Games expected to draw billions of viewers worldwide.

The 2016 Olympics will run from August 5 until August 21 and will feature 42 sports, 306 total events, 136 medals for women, and 161 medals for men. About 10,500 athletes are expected to compete at the Olympics in Rio, including the first Olympic team composed entirely of refugees.

What to expect:

The 2016 Rio Olympics comes at a difficult time for Brazil. As Vox’s Libby Nelson explained, Brazil is in a much different place than it was when it won the Olympics bid in the late 2000s. Then it had a growing economy and a shrinking unemployment rate. Since that time, the country has entered the worst recession in its history; the president, Dilma Rousseff, is awaiting impeachment trials for campaign finance corruption; and the country’s political foundation is still recovering from a separate, even larger multibillion-dollar corruption scandal involving many top government figures (not to mention the recent spread of Zika plaguing South America).

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But even with these obstacles, and many others associated with building an Olympic Park from the ground up, the Rio Olympics also brings some high points: the introduction of the first refugee team, with 10 athletes from conflict zones across the globe competing in judo, swimming, and track and field; the introduction of rugby sevens to the Olympics; a final go at Olympic gold from American swimming favorite Michael Phelps; and a much-anticipated gymnastics matchup between 2012 American Olympic gold medal winner Gabby Douglas and first-time American Olympian Simone Biles.

As the first South American country to host the Olympics, Brazil has a lot at stake. But with all the problems that have plagued the country in the runup to the games, expectations are low. And that might very well play in its favor.

Teen Choice Awards 2016

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A highly-anticipated fight in the UFC Welterweight division on Saturday sees the champion Robbie Lawler going into his third title defence against the well-rounded Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 201. Ring rust will be a concern for Woodley, who recently was seen in Salman Khan-starrer Bollywood movie ‘Sultan’.

Woodley, 34, hasn’t fought inside the octagon since Jan. 2015, whereas Lawler defended the UFC welterweight title in the main event of UFC 195 in Jan. 2016.

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Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)

Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley
Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger
Francisco Rivera vs. Erik Perez
Ryan Benoit vs. Fredy Serrano

Undercard (FOX Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET)

Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov
Ross Pearson vs. Jorge Masvidal
Anthony Hamilton vs. Damian Grabowski
Wilson Reis vs. Hector Sandoval

Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET)

Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic
Cesar Arzamendia vs. Damien Brown

UFC 201 is finally here. We once again get to see the welterweight champion Robbie Lawler step into the octagon for what should be a brawl with challenger Tyron Woodley. While these two don’t do a ton of talking, their actions in fights speak volumes.

Lawler is riding a five-fight winning streak and looking to defend his belt for a third straight time. He scored a knockout over Rory MacDonald that many voted as the Fight of the Year in 2015 before earning a split decision win over Carlos Condit in January. Meanwhile, Woodley hasn’t stepped in the octagon for 18 months, partially while recovering from injury and partially to wait for his chance at a title shot. One thing is for certain: Blood will be shed on Saturday night.

Everything gets started at 10 p.m. ET from the Philips Arena in Atlanta. You can order the pay-per-view event through your local cable provider on your TV set box. You can also purchase the event through UFC.TV on your computer, tablet, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick, Roku and more.

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Robbie Lawler is coming off of back-to-back Fight of the Night performances against long-time title contenders Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald, so it’s no surprise fans are expecting a war with fourth-ranked Tyron Woodley.

Lawler and Woodley have virtually identical striking statistics, with both fighters landing over three strikes per minute at a 46 per cent clip. Where they differ, however, is in significant strikes, as Lawler lands 3.51 significant strikes per minute compared to 2.56 for Woodley.

“Ruthless” previously has had problems with talented grapplers who were competent in stand-up (see Johny Hendricks I, Tim Kennedy and Jacare Souza fights) but seemed to overcome those struggles in the rematch against Hendricks.

The fight will be a grind, no doubt, but it hasn’t been wise to bet against Lawler lately.

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UFC 201 emanates from Atlanta with a welterweight title tilt atop the card.

UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler welcomes his latest challenger, Tyron Woodley, in the main event. The two standouts have trained together, and now they will fight against one another. American Top Team will keep the belt in its camp, but will it go back to HQ in Coconut Creek, Florida, or Woodley‘s affiliate gym in Missouri?

The co-main event looks to be a strawweight title eliminator as contenders Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz square off in a three-round affair.

Nine other bouts line the card with action, and Bleacher Report will be here all evening to break down the action for you. The first bout of the evening is at 7 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass. Televised prelims begin at 8 p.m ET on Fox Sports 2, and the pay-pay-view main card begins at 10 p.m. ET.

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UFC 201

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A highly-anticipated fight in the UFC Welterweight division on Saturday sees the champion Robbie Lawler going into his third title defence against the well-rounded Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 201. Ring rust will be a concern for Woodley, who recently was seen in Salman Khan-starrer Bollywood movie ‘Sultan’.

Woodley, 34, hasn’t fought inside the octagon since Jan. 2015, whereas Lawler defended the UFC welterweight title in the main event of UFC 195 in Jan. 2016.

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Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)

Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley
Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger
Francisco Rivera vs. Erik Perez
Ryan Benoit vs. Fredy Serrano

Undercard (FOX Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET)

Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov
Ross Pearson vs. Jorge Masvidal
Anthony Hamilton vs. Damian Grabowski
Wilson Reis vs. Hector Sandoval

Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET)

Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic
Cesar Arzamendia vs. Damien Brown

UFC 201 is finally here. We once again get to see the welterweight champion Robbie Lawler step into the octagon for what should be a brawl with challenger Tyron Woodley. While these two don’t do a ton of talking, their actions in fights speak volumes.

Lawler is riding a five-fight winning streak and looking to defend his belt for a third straight time. He scored a knockout over Rory MacDonald that many voted as the Fight of the Year in 2015 before earning a split decision win over Carlos Condit in January. Meanwhile, Woodley hasn’t stepped in the octagon for 18 months, partially while recovering from injury and partially to wait for his chance at a title shot. One thing is for certain: Blood will be shed on Saturday night.

Everything gets started at 10 p.m. ET from the Philips Arena in Atlanta. You can order the pay-per-view event through your local cable provider on your TV set box. You can also purchase the event through UFC.TV on your computer, tablet, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick, Roku and more.

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Robbie Lawler is coming off of back-to-back Fight of the Night performances against long-time title contenders Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald, so it’s no surprise fans are expecting a war with fourth-ranked Tyron Woodley.

Lawler and Woodley have virtually identical striking statistics, with both fighters landing over three strikes per minute at a 46 per cent clip. Where they differ, however, is in significant strikes, as Lawler lands 3.51 significant strikes per minute compared to 2.56 for Woodley.

“Ruthless” previously has had problems with talented grapplers who were competent in stand-up (see Johny Hendricks I, Tim Kennedy and Jacare Souza fights) but seemed to overcome those struggles in the rematch against Hendricks.

The fight will be a grind, no doubt, but it hasn’t been wise to bet against Lawler lately.

UFC 201: Live Results, Play-by-Play and Fight Card Highlights

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UFC 201 emanates from Atlanta with a welterweight title tilt atop the card.

UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler welcomes his latest challenger, Tyron Woodley, in the main event. The two standouts have trained together, and now they will fight against one another. American Top Team will keep the belt in its camp, but will it go back to HQ in Coconut Creek, Florida, or Woodley‘s affiliate gym in Missouri?

The co-main event looks to be a strawweight title eliminator as contenders Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz square off in a three-round affair.

Nine other bouts line the card with action, and Bleacher Report will be here all evening to break down the action for you. The first bout of the evening is at 7 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass. Televised prelims begin at 8 p.m ET on Fox Sports 2, and the pay-pay-view main card begins at 10 p.m. ET.

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Euro 2016 Final

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France will head into their Euro 2016 final against Portugal on Sunday as firm favourites to clinch the continental title on home soil, but a defiant opponent has the capacity to spring a surprise in Paris.

Les Bleus are hoping to become the first host nation in more than three decades to win a European Championship since they themselves performed the feat in 1984, when they defeat Spain 2-0 in the capital.

While manager Didier Deschamps‘ side have looked confident and ousted Germany from the tournament in their semi-final, Portugal’s 2-0 beating of Wales was their first win over 90 minutes in the competition.

We provide all the essential live-stream information for Sunday’s showdown, complete with form guides, latest odds and a selection of the top betting opportunities available for the final.

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Date: Sunday, July 10

Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET

Venue: Stade de France, Paris

TV: ITV (UK)/ESPN (US)

Live Stream: ITV Hub (UK)/WatchESPN (US)

While their defence has been suspect at times during the tournament, France’s attack has blazed its way to Euro 2016 contention over the past month, with Antoine Griezmann the competition’s current top scorer (six goals).

The hosts shoulder a heavy burden to go out on Sunday and deliver against manager Fernando Santos’ side, but Simon Gleave of Gracenote Sports illustrated how they’re already standing up to pressure.

Fortunate or not, however, goals either side of half-time from Griezmann ensured France won both halves at the Stade Velodrome, and Oddschecker has Deschamps‘ men at 5-1 to repeat the feat in Paris.

As the competition has wore on, France have found it easier to get off the mark earlier compared to a somewhat sluggish group campaign, while Portugal have struggled for goals at times in general.

Portugal vs. France: Live Stream, Odds and Form Guide for Euro 2016 Final

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As was shown in the 2-0 semi-final win over Wales, positional integrity will be crucial for Portugal if they are to complete their upset over the French, with midfield all-rounder Renato Sanches a crucial key in that formula.

If Santos’ side are to emerge with the trophy in tow, it seems only too likely nullifying France’s attack will be the route to doing so, and Sport Witness described the unity that’s led them to impress at Euro 2016.

It’s also a crucial factor that Real Madrid centre-back Pepe has been back in training prior to the final, and UEFA’s Joseph Walker highlighted his importance to the cause after missing the semi-final victory.

The Portuguese were at their most convincing against Wales in Lyon, but Sunday’s matchup is likely to be a far more turgid affair, relying largely on lengthy spells without the ball.

Portugal are at 5-1 to win the match to nil in 90 minutes, per Oddschecker, and while that result may seem unlikely, one could say the same about the nation’s entire run to the final.

Euro 2016 Final: Portugal vs. France TV Schedule, Live Stream, Odds, Prediction

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For France, success in major tournaments on home soil is almost becoming as frequent as the playing of “La Marseillaise” before each match. It’s a trend Portugal will want to put an end to in the final of the 2016 UEFA European Championship on Sunday.

Les Bleus have been steadily building momentum throughout the competition, culminating in a superb 2-0 win over world champions Germany in the semi-finals. They’re the big favourites to add another glory to the European Championship clinched in 1984 and the FIFA World Cup win in 1998.

Portugal have shown the grit and determination needed to spoil the party so far. To see whether Fernando Santos’ men can do so, here are the key viewing details ahead of Sunday’s spectacular in Saint-Denis, how the bookmakers see the game and a closer look at which team will be crowned king of the continent.

Euro 2016 Final: Match Betting Odds
Portugal 4-1
Draw 21-10
France 10-11

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While there has been plenty of debate when it comes to the merits of the new competition format, Portugal will champion its introduction. Indeed, the Selecao finished third in their group, progressed and haven’t looked back since.

In what’s been an unusual qualification process, Portugal have played a brand of football at odds with the elegant footballers they tend to produce. Santos has added nasty and pragmatic streaks to their play; it means they aren’t the easiest on the eye, but they’re a tough outfit to beat, as is evident by their appearance in Sunday’s final.

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It’s a record that’ll be put to the test against the host nation. France have been making steady improvements as the tournament has gone on, and on the outskirts of Paris, they’ll be backed by a raucous crowd expecting glory.

The performances of Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet in the final third have been the hallmarks of their campaign, although manager Didier Deschamps deserves great credit for the manner in which he’s overseen their progression. Without Karim Benzema, Lassana Diarra, Raphael Varane and Mamadou Sakho, he’s done a wonderful job.

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UFC 200

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The massive event has undoubtedly hit some obstacles and speed bumps along the way, but with Brock Lesnar, Mark Hunt, Anderson Silva, Daniel Cormier and two title fights on the main card alone, this remains one of the most anticipated events in the company’s history.

Brock Lesnar last stepped into the Octagon in December 2011, but the former UFC heavyweight champion is ready to resume his MMA career.

The UFC announced Lesnar has agreed to return for a fight at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas, per MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. The company has yet to announce his opponent.

Earlier Saturday, Helwani reported discussions were taking place between the UFC and Lesnar regarding a return.

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Card starts at 10 p.m. ET on PPV

Heavyweight: Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne

Featherweight: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar (for interim featherweight title)

Light Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier (C) vs. Anderson Silva (non-title bout)

Heavyweight: Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt

Women’s Bantamweight: Miesha Tate (C) vs. Amanda Nunes

WWE released a statement on Lesnar following the announcement:

“[Lesnar] remains under contract to WWE, however, he has been granted a one-off opportunity to compete at UFC 200.  Following this milestone event on July 9, Brock will return to WWE for SummerSlam on Sunday, August 21, live on WWE Network.”

UFC posted a promotion video for UFC 200 featuring Lesnar at the end.

Lesnar initially left WWE in 2004 to pursue a career in the NFL. After he fell short of making the Minnesota Vikings roster, the former University of Minnesota NCAA heavyweight champion decided to try mixed martial arts.

He joined the UFC in 2008 and quickly became a top box office draw. He defeated Randy Couture for the heavyweight championship in just his third UFC fight, and while he helped the company to some huge pay-per-view numbers, he left after a loss to Alistair Overeem in 2011 as diverticulitis prevented him from reaching his potential.

Lesnar went back to WWE in 2012 and made a major impact. In addition to ending The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania XXX in 2014, he became WWE world heavyweight champion by beating John Cena later that year.

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The Beast Incarnate was also part of the main event at WrestleMania 31 against Roman Reigns, but despite his spot atop the card in WWE, rumors persisted about his return to the UFC upon the expiration of his contract.

Even with whispers reaching a fever pitch in December 2014, UFC President Dana White denied having any contact with Lesnar, per John Morgan of MMAJunkie.com.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via Matt Boone of MMANews.com), Lesnar started to shed weight that month in preparation for a return to the Octagon. Meltzer added that Lesnar’s altered appearance led WWE officials to believe he was leaning toward a UFC return as well, per Morgan.

“The Lesnar people always keep things quiet, but within the company, the belief is that he’s going back to UFC, and his showing up lighter to TV last week confirmed that to people who thought it,” Meltzer wrote.

Speculation of a UFC encore was fueled even more at the end of February 2015 when Lesnar appeared at the UFC 184 card headlined by Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano, as seen in this photo courtesy of MMAFighting.com.

Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes face off

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The 38-year-old isn’t getting younger, and his 5-3 career MMA record doesn’t suggest he was an elite fighter to begin with.

Lesnar was a champion, though, and all signs point to him being 100 percent healthy right now. With that in mind, perhaps he is better equipped to succeed this time around than he was during his first UFC stint.

Regardless of how well he performs at UFC 200—a card headlined by Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier—he will make the company a lot of money for as long as he continues to compete. Signing Lesnar is a massive success for White, and it promises to be a lucrative move for Lesnar as well.

Fight Pass Preliminary Card

Card starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass.

Lightweight: Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi

Middleweight: Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago Santos

Lightweight: Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon


Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Card

Card starts at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Lightweight: Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Martin

Batnamweight: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao

Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Women’s Bantamweight: Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Pena

UFC 200: Predicting What the PPV Portion of the Fight Card Will Look Like

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UFC 100, the most purchased pay-per-view in the fight promotion’s history, took place just less than seven years ago.

It was headlined by the most marketable heavyweight to date, Brock Lesnar, in a rematch with the man who ruined his promotional debut at UFC 81, Frank Mir. The co-main event featured perhaps the most likable champ in company history, Georges St-Pierre, taking on then-top contender Thiago Alves. The third fight pitted the All-American Dan Henderson opposite British spitfire Michael Bisping. Even Jon Jones was on the card, lurking on the prelims, in only his third UFC fight.

In more than three months on July 9, UFC 200 will go down. Given the grandeur of UFC 100, it’s only natural the brass will want to go even bigger for its bicentennial pay-per-view event.

So who will headline the fight card? How will they fill out the rest of the main card?

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