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Daily Update: UFC 200 weigh-ins, WWE promotes UFC, Cena mentions TNA?

Johny Hendricks failed to make weight at Friday morning’s weigh-ins for UFC 200. He will still fight Kevin Gastelum on the card’s prelims, but has been fined 20% of his purse. Gastelum will receive the money that Hendricks was fined. 

Brock Lesnar made weight at 265.5 and was then asked to pose for a few photos, to which he ignored the comments, then briefly turned and flashed the peace sign. Brock appeared to be in no mood, and has appeared that way all week. Lets just hope he's extremely focused, because going in to a fight against Mark Hunt distracted is a bad idea.

It seemed to be a difficult weight cut for many fighters with Daniel Cormier, Miesha Tate, Jose Aldo needing to remove their clothes and weigh-in behind a towel.

Stay tuned to the site for TONIGHT'S LIVE RESULTSThe Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale Las Vegas live results: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha 2

The biggest week in UFC history continues with the second of four shows at the MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight. For this weekend, we'll be doing polls on UFC 200, so you can send thumbs up, down or middle plus a best and worst match to Dave@WrestlingObserver.com.

We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE show in Oshawa, ONT (Dean Ambrose, A.J. Styles, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Usos, Cesaro, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, The Miz, charlotte, Natalya, Sheamus, Apollo Crews) to NewsTips@WrestlingObserver.com.

UFC TONIGHT AT THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA

Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Eastern time

  • Li Jingliang (171) vs. Anton Zafir (170)
  • Kevin Lee (155) vs. Jake Matthews (156)

FS 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern

  • Cezar Ferriera (186) vs. Anthony Smith (185)
  • Corey Hendricks (204) vs. Josh Stansbury (205.5)
  • John Moraga (126) vs. Matheus Nicolau (125.5)
  • Fernando Bruno (146) vs. Gray Maynard (145.5)
  • Andrew Holbook (155.5) vs. Joaquim Silva (155)
  • Doo Ho Choi (146) vs. Thiago Tavares (146)
  • Will Brooks (156) vs. Ross Pearson (155.5)
  • Amanda Cooper (116) vs. Tatiana Suarez (115.5) for the TUF 23 strawweight championship
  • Khalil Rountree (205.5) vs. Andrew Sanchez (199.5) for the TUF 23 light heavyweight championship
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11.4) vs. Claudia Gadelha (115) for the women's strawweight title

CMLL AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME AT WWW.CLAROSPORTS.COM LIVE FROM ARENA MEXICO

  • Esfinge & Fuego & Triton vs. Hechicero & Virus & Bobby Z
  • Mascara Dorada & Rey Cometa & Titan vs. Cavernario & Dragon Rojo Jr. & Rey Escorpion
  • Mistico vs. La Mascara
  • Mephisto & Shocker & Ultimo Guerrero vs. Sam Adonis & Johnny Idol & Okumura
  • Atlantis & Diamante Azul & Maximo vs. Michael Elgin & Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa
  • Volador Jr. vs. Kushida for NWA welterweight title

NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING RETURNS AT 8 P.M. EASTERN ON AXS

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

        This is a replay of last week's G-1 Climax championship match.

Saturday night we're looking for reports on WWE shows in Toronto (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, A.J. Styles, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Usos, Cesaro, Charlotte, Natalya, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, The Miz, Sheamus, Apollo Crews) and Danville, IL (Big Show, Kane, Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, Eric Rowan, Dudleys, Rusev, Dolph Ziggler, Enzo, Cass, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch) and ROH in Baltimore (Adam Cole & Adam Page & Nick Jackson vs. Colt Cabana & Jay Briscoe & Jay Lethal, Silas Young vs. ACH last man standing, Bobby Fish vs. Kamaitachi, Jay White vs. Lio Rush, Christopher Daniels vs. Moose, Mark Briscoe vs. Donovan Dijak vs. Chris Sabin vs. Frankie Kazarian and Rhett Titus & Kenny King vs. Will Ferrara & Cheeseburger).

UFC 200 TAKES PLACE SATURDAY AT THE T MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time

  • Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller
  • Gegard Mousasi vs. Thiago Santos
  • Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez

FS 1 at 8 p.m.

  • Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin
  • T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assuncao
  • Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Julianna Pena vs. Cat Zingano

PPV a 10 p.m.

  • Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
  • Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for interim featherweight title
  • Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva non-title
  • Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt
  • Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes for bantamweight title

Sunday we're looking for reports from WWE in London, ONT (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, A.J. Styles, Sami Zayn, Usos, Cesaro, Charlotte, Natalya, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, The Miz, Sheamus, Apollo Crews) and Fort Wayne, IN (Big Show, Kane, Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman Erick Rowan, Dudleys, Rusev, Dolph Ziggler, Enzo, Cass, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch.

Raw will be live on Monday from Detroit. Sasha Banks vs. Dana Brooke is announced and Rusev vs. Zack Ryder is being hinted at. Stephanie and Shane McMahon are advertised.  Then again, Shane was advertised the past two weeks and wasn't at either show.

Smackdown, the final taped episode of the show, will be done on Tuesday night in Grand Rapids, MI.

TNA Impact has an almost live show out of Orlando headlined by Bobby Lashley vs. Eddie Edwards with the TNA & X titles both at stake on the Destination X show.

Wednesday is crazy television with a live UFC show, Ultima Lucha Dos, Finn Balor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura on NXT and the first round of the Cruiserweight Classic tournament.

THE ROUNDUP

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Wrestling Observer Newsletter

READ IT HERE:  July 11, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Preview for massive UFC weekend, including UFC 200, plus tons of news - A full preview of UFC's massive weekend including UFC 200, plus tons of news and notes.

The lead story is the biggest week in UFC history and an update on UFC sales talk, all in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. There is also a look at the WWE brand split from a business standpoint and update changes since the original plans were made, cover the return of Shinsuke Nakamura to Japan as a WWE star, Final Deletion and a history of pro wrestling on July 4th.

In this week's issue, there is more information on UFC's record numbers they are hoping to beat, the role of Brock Lesnar, the difference between Lesnar in UFC in 2008 and 2016, price changes, the prior record gate, Lesnar vs. Hunt, wrestlers vs. strikers as they age, what happens if Lesnar wins, what WWE did get from UFC, advertising Lesnar to the WWE audience, looking at the different fights and the card.

The WWE draft, the changes in the WWE audience, doing additional PPV and the economics of it, what should be looked at to determine if the brand split has worked and why the moves have been made, is covered. Plus, more on the WWE tour this past week going to Hawaii for the first time in six years, and Shinsuke Nakamura returning to Japan as the star of the tour.

What Stephanie McMahon said about Lesnar and his response, Stephanie McMahon honored, Hideo Itami's return, update on Jerry Lawler, A.J. Styles, Hiroshi Tanahashi talks Styles and his ring psychology, Battleground, new programs planned, Dr. Chris Amann vs. C.M. Punk lawsuit update, Nike opposing WWE in trademark case, and another group of names WWE has shown some interest in, all covered in this week's Observer.

A big history piece on pro wrestling on July 4th, dating back 136 years, including one of the most legendary matches from 100 years ago, and the big July 4th events of the 80s. Why July 4th hasn't had a lot of major shows, but there have been some major historical events on the day as well as why for more than three decades no super shows were held on the day, is covered. The last year's of the regional era and the beginning of the national era with the WWF vs. Jim Crockett Promotions, and much more in this week's issue.

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READ IT HERE: May 31, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Death of Owen Hart - The life and death of Owen Hart, details on WWF Over the Edge, plus tons of news.

FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

Dave and Bryan will be back late tonight talking about tonight's UFC show as well as all the pro wrestling news, and take your e-mail questions to MailBag@WrestlingObserver.com  They'll also have a show late Saturday night after UFC 200.

It has been confirmed that Demetrius Johnson is out of his next fight due to injury. We will have more on that story later today.

Tonight's CMLL show looks good on paper, in particular the Volador Jr. vs. Kushida 2/3 fall title match could be a classic. Volador just killed it last Friday in winning the Grand Prix and Kushida is one of the best in the world right now.

WWE promoted that you can watch Brock Lesnar weigh-in for his fight against Mark Hunt on their website. As was noted in yesterday’s update, they have done some promotion for the fight online but are still avoiding talking about it on television.

WWE & Pro Wrestling

  • John Cena uploaded a picture on his Instagram account that appears to reference Matt Hardy and TNA’s Final Deletion.
  • The New Day, AJ Styles, Becky Lynch, Corey Graves, and The Shockmaster will appear at this year’s San Diego Comic Con on July 21-22 to promote WWE’s Mattel products.
  • WVVA has a story on the work Heath Slater is doing to help West Virginia flood victims.
  • Moose was removed from a NOVA Pro Wrestling show on August 12th due to a “contract obligation.”
  • Revolution Pro Wrestling announced Chris Hero vs. Marty Scurll for their August 12th show at York Hall in London. The event is headlined by the previously scheduled Will Ospreay vs. Vader match.
  • Evolve announced a show at Deer Park in Long Island, NY on September 10th. They also have a mini-doc on Matt Riddle’s transition from mixed martial arts to professional wrestling.
  • Chris Featherstone of FOX Sports has an article on 10 feuds that would benefit the WWE after the brand extension.

UFC & MMA

  • A reminder that if you are in Las Vegas this weekend and go to the Las Vegas Fight Shop (which has tons of pro wrestling & MMA merchandise) and mention the Wrestling Observer/Figure Four convention and you can get 20 percent all merchandise as well as a VIP line pass for signings with Randy Couture tomorrow night from 6-8 p.m. and Nate Diaz on Saturday from Noon to 2 p.m.
  • On UFC 200 Embedded episode 5, Dana White informs Daniel Cormier of Jon Jones’ drug test failure.

International Fight Week media from SB Nation’s Submission Radio:

MISCELLANEOUS

  • CWE is tonight in Winnipeg at Rookie's Sports Bar.
  • Reader Mike Kulyk at Mikekulyk@yahoo.com has two tickets for Saturday's ROH show in Baltimore, second row next to the entrance ramp side. He's looking to sell both for $50.
  • The Ric Flair Show, with help from an algorithm that favors new podcasts, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Sports & Recreation charts. The first episode with Cody Rhodes was released on Wednesday night.
  • Konnan’s new podcast also debuted on Podcast One with Chris Jericho and Juventud Guerrera as guests.

SUMMER EVENTS CALENDAR

  • July 7-11 The 10th annual Wrestling Observer/F4W convention in Las Vegas, EdinSanAntonio has information up on Facebook, or email him F4Wfan@hotmail.com. Keep up with all the action on Twitter by following @WONF4W@BryanAlvarez, @DaveMeltzerWON, @FO_VVerhei@EdinSanAntonio, @PaulAceFontaine, @FilthyTomLawlor or @PeachMachine. Use #F4WVegas or search for our group FaceBook page. You can also f
  • TONIGHT - The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Claudia Gadelha for the UFC strawweight title
  • SATURDAY - UFC 200 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight title; Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt; Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes for the UFC women’s bantamweight title; Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar for the interim UFC featherweight title
  • SATURDAY - Pure Wrestling Association in Kitchener, ONT at the Alpine Club.
  • SATURDAY - New England Championship Wrestling presents World Women's Wrestling at The Brockton Fair, 600 Belmont St, Brockton, MA
  • SATURDAY - Pure Wrestling Association "Summer Assault” 11 Year Anniversary - Alpine Club, 464 Maple Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario
  • SATURDAY - All Pro Wrestling + Fit of Mind present: #MalaceInThePalace from the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA.
  • SATURDAY - Upstate Pro Wrestling in Rochester, NY, features Ethan Page, HC Loc, a triple threat match main event, and more.
  • SATURDAY - Acclaim Pro Wrestling presents: Star-Mageddon 6!
  • SATURDAY - Smash Wrestling in Fort Erie, ONT at the Native Friendship Center. Chris Hero will headline this fundraising event.
  • SUNDAY - CCW in Essex, ONT at 26 Fairview Ave. with Cody Deaner headlining.
  • July 13 - UFC Fight Night in Sioux Falls, SD. Michael McDonald vs John Lineker
  • July 15 - NWA Texoma in Sherman, TX headlined by Rob Conway & Matt Riviera defending the NWA world tag team titles plus Greg Valentine making an appearance.
  • July 16 - In Your Face Wrestling Presents: “Malicious Intent” - Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NYwww.iyfwrestling.com
  • July 16 - Bellator 158 : London featuring Paul Daley vs Douglas Lima, Michael Venom Page, Linton Vassell and Matt Mitrione
  • July 17 - Lucha by the Water ft Blue Demon Jr! - Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8, 3-6 pm. Tickets here.
  • July 17 - Premier Wrestling at the IFDES Lodge and Portuguese Hall in Gilroy, CA with Joe Graves vs. Gabriel Gallo for the Premier. Tickets at www.premierwrestle.com.
  • July 22 - Ignite Wrestling in Fort Pierce, FL at the National Guard Armory on a show with Lince Dorado, Mr. 450 Hammet, Lio Rush, Martin Stone, Los Ben Dejos, and more
  • July 22 - AIW runs on 7/22 in Cleveland, OH, with Ethan Page vs. Josh Prohibition vs. Josh Alexander, and Johnny Gargano & Candice LeRae vs. Ethan Carter III & Karlee Perez
  • July 22 - The Lou Thesz Hall of Fame weekend show in Waterloo, IA, featuring Ricochet vs. Sami Callihan, Wes Brisco, B. Brian Blair, Jessika Havok, Tessa Blanchard, a steel cage match and more - This is the weekend Dave Meltzer will be honored.
  • July 22 - Bellator 159 from Mulvane, KS. Darrion Caldwell vs Joe Taimanglo. Melvin Guillard vs David “Caveman” Rickells
  • July 22 - National Fighting Championships in Kennesaw, GA at the Electric Cowboy with Chazz Walton (6-0 vs. Warren Smith (5-4) for the Georgia lightweight title.
  • July 22 - Absolute Intense Wrestling in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel features Dutch Mantell, plus Ethan Page vs. Josh Prohibition vs. Josh Alexander for the Absolute title, Johnny Gargano & Candice LeRae vs. Ethan Carter III & Karlee Perez (Catrina in Lucha Underground), Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Louis Lyndon, Skayde Jr. & Steve Pain & Gringo Loko vs. DJZ & Laredo Kid & Bandolero, Ray Rowe vs. Tim Donst plus B.J. Whitmer and Cedric Alexander.
  • July 23 – Live Pro Wrestling, Glengarry Sports Palace, 170 McDonald Blvd. Alexandria, Ontario
  • July 23 - Battle Arts will be taping television on at Santino Marella's Battle Arts Academy in Mississauaga, ONT.  The taping begins at 7 p.m.
  • July 23 - UFC on FOX from Chicago - Holly Holm vs Valentina Shevchenko.          
  • July 23 - Chikara Pro announced a doubleheader event at Toronto’s Franklin Horner Community Center.
  • July 23 - AAW  in Merrionnette Park, IL, with Sami Callihan vs. Pentagon Jr., Zack Sabre Jr., Marty Scurll; Tommaso Ciampa; Fenix; Johnny Gargano, and plenty more. Here’s what you missed on their last show.  
  • July 23 - Masters of Ring Entertainment in Wilmington, NC, as part of Pro Wrestling Fan Expo 3 will feature Jeff Jarrett vs. ECIII vs. James Storm, announced by Jarrett in this video.
  • Merritton Community Centre 7 Park Ave St. Catharines, ON
  • July 24 - Crossfire Wrestling - Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Avenue St. Catharines ON, for our 5 year Anniversary show "BRING THE HEAT V"
  • July 24 - PWEclipse - Summer Surrender, Oshawa, Ontario
  • July 24 - Fenix vs. Pentagon Jr. headlines for Lucha Libre New York at Club LaBoom in Queens, NY
  • July 29 - Pro Wrestling Phoenix in Omaha at the Waiting Room Lounge features Sonjay Dutt vs. Hype Gotti.
  • July 30 - WSOF 32: Moraes vs. Hill 2 - Live on NBCSN from Everett, Washington. Also featuring Ben “Phoenix Jones” Fodor vs Caros Fodor in a brother vs brother fight
  • July 30 - Smash Wrestling - Oshawa Music Hall, 39 King St E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B2
  • July 31 - BATTLEWAR 36; Les Foufounes Électriques, 87 Sainte-Catherine Street East
  • Montreal, QC
  • Aug 21 - Chavo Guerrero Jr. will appear for Smash Wrestling on in Pickering, Ontario at Super Showdown lV.