A new heavyweight contender emerged Sunday night in Nova Scotia, and Richard Mann is back to break down his fight, and the rest of the stats from the card.
Fantasy AnalysisAndrade is a former bantamweight that brought that power with her to the strawweight division, though she's unlikely to have faced someone as elusive as the champion in her career. "Bate Estaca" is always a threat to end a fight with an early combination, but the big question mark will be if this fight goes to the championship rounds, which is uncharted territory for her. Some question that a tough weight cut could lead to Andrade experiencing conditioning problems in Rounds 4 and 5. She'll surely be tested by the champion in what stands to be the co-main event in Dallas.
Fantasy AnalysisJedrzejczyk is as dominant of a champion as anyone in the UFC, but this will be one of her toughest tests to date. Andrade might have a bit more power in her hands as a former bantamweight, but Jedrzejczyk has heralded Muay Thai skills that have gotten her this far. If Jedrzejczyk can get past the early onslaught and take the fight to the championship rounds -- where Andrade has never been -- she should have a clear advantage.
Fantasy AnalysisDavis has lost two of her last three fights, but one was to Ronda Rousey back when Rousey was unbeatable, and the other was to the recently-surging Sara McMann. Dandois will surely be a game opponent in her UFC debut, as the former featherweight should have a slight size advantage and is more than capable of earning a stoppage. Davis had been on a roll prior to running into Rousey, and if she can come through with a strong performance here, it would be a great first step to getting her momentum back.
Fantasy AnalysisIt will be a bit of a tough weight cut for Dandois in her promotional debut, as she has spent the majority of her 10-fight professional career at featherweight. Her claim to fame is a victory over current Invicta featherweight champion Megan Anderson, so the Belgium native certainly is a formidable opponent despite this being her first fight with the promotion. If she gets past Davis, "Battlecat" could elect to keep working her way up the bantamweight path, though it's also possible she moves up to the newly-created featherweight division, where all roads eventually lead to Cris Cyborg.
Fantasy AnalysisSwanson's ability to compete with the top featherweights on the roster may be diminishing at 33 years old, but the Jackson-Wink MMA product is currently the winner of three straight. He's also capable of putting on an outstanding show for the crowd, as evidenced in his UFC 206 war against Doo Ho Choi. Lobov, 30, should be right in Swanson's wheelhouse. He's a fellow striker with significantly less experience (both in the UFC and overall), so look for Swanson to enter as the favorite.
Fantasy AnalysisLobov has emerged victorious in consecutive fights against over-matched opponents, bouncing back nicely after losing his first two fights with the UFC. The striker is well-known for being one of the sparring partners of Conor McGregor, but his own professional career has had mixed results, as the 30-year-old sports a 12-12-1 (1 NC) record. Lobov is difficult to recommend as a fantasy play in this matchup, as he'll be an underdog against a highly-experienced opponent. Furthermore, his last four fights have gone to the judges, depriving owners of the stoppage bonuses awarded in most formats.
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