Rashad Evans turned in one of the more disappointing outputs of his career Saturday, but several other quick finishes made up for it on the card. Richard Mann returns for a stats-based breakdown.
Fantasy AnalysisMcGee last fought Ben Saunders in January, losing a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 103. The 31-year-old has a career 7-5 record in UFC, but is looking to rebound as he has lost three of his last five fights.
Fantasy AnalysisStrickland has a career 5-2 mark in UFC but lost a unanimous decision to Kamaru Usman at UFC 210 in April. The 26-year-old will look to bounce back against McGee after being thoroughly outclassed in his previous fight.
Fantasy AnalysisMachida ends his 18-month USADA suspension earlier in October, but UFC brass will not hesitate to capitalize on his name recognition and get a fight in the works as soon as possible. His opponent is an incredibly tough draw, as Machida will square off against a younger and more athletic fighter that has seen some of the best the middleweight division has to offer of late. Technically, Brunson has lost two of his last three fights as well, but one of those was a controversial decision to Anderson Silva, and the other to current Interim UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker. Machida, who hasn't competed since 2015, has lost his last two fights via stoppage. Machida has impressive, karate-based striking and unmatched experience against the best middleweights of all-time, but at 39 years old, it's tough to say what he has left in the tank. Even though he'll be fighting in front of Brazilian fans, he should enter as a hefty betting underdog.
Fantasy AnalysisDespite heading into enemy territory for this fight, Brunson should enter as a massive favorite over the 39-year-old Machida. Machida may be one of the best middleweights to ever grace the UFC Octagon, but he's lost three of his last four fights, getting stopped in his last two. Brunson may not be able to match the experience of Machida on Fight Night, but he brings significantly more pure athleticism to the table. As long as he's able control his aggression and fight smart, Brunson should be able to pick up his second victory in a row.
Fantasy AnalysisCannetti test positive for ostarine, hydrochlorothiazide and chlorothiazide in an out-of-competition sample taken in October last year. The tainted supplements were discovered in both open and sealed supplement containers. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave the fighter a 10-month suspension that will be up at the end of the month, at which time Cannetti will be able to return to the fight scene.
Fantasy AnalysisAlbini's debut with the UFC featured a first-round knockout against Tim Johnson. "Baby" landed 7.37 significant strikes per minute prior to the KO but absorbed quite a bit of punishment in return. His second fight will be against a struggling veteran in Arlovski and could advance his current No. 13 ranking with the promotion. The 26-year-old is 14-2 since going professional in 2009.
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