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Jack Marshman    UFC    Middleweight
Marshman will face Ryan Janes in a middleweight fight at UFC Fight Night 113 on July 16 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Fantasy Analysis

"The Hammer" takes on Janes in his third UFC fight with an equal record but more experience. The fighter has a 21-6 record and has a 62 percent KO/TKO rate. His statistics show Marshman to be more of a stand-up artist than his opponent, who is more likely to take the fight to the mat.
Ryan Janes    UFC    Middleweight
Janes will face Jack Marshman in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 113 on July 16 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Fantasy Analysis

Janes is newer to the UFC stage. He has a 1-1 record with the promotion but sports a 9-2-0 mark overall. The grappler matches up well statistically with Marshman with a 100 percent takedown accuracy and an average 5.13 significant strikes landed per minute.
Augusto Sakai    Bellator    Heavyweight
Sakai will face Cheick Kongo in a heavyweight bout at Bellator 179 on May 19 in London, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Sakai maintains a record of 9-0-1 in Bellator but has not fought since May 2016 against Dan Charles. Sakai's wins have come from seven knockouts, but injury and an inconsistent fight schedule have limited his activity in the early part of his career.
Cheick Kongo    Bellator    Heavyweight
Kongo will face Augusto Sakai in a heavyweight matchup at Bellator 179 on May 19 in London, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Kongo may be 12 years older than his opponent, Sakai, but the veteran has the experience to take down the young gun for a fifth straight Bellator victory. Kongo, who joined Bellator in 2013, has racked up a career record of 26-10-2 (8-2 in Bellator). The heavyweight owns 13 career knockouts, though his last five fights (four wins) have all gone to the judges.
Teruto Ishihara    UFC    Featherweight
Ishihara will face Gray Maynard in a featherweight matchup at The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale on July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Ishihara is coming off a recent loss to Artem Lobov after earning back-to-back wins. Eight of the young fighter's nine professional wins are from knockouts, which corresponds to his average 4.62 significant strikes landed per minute. Maynard's defense may present a problem for Ishihara, making this a matchup of defense and experience versus offense and agility.
Gray Maynard    UFC    Featherweight
Maynard will face Teruto Ishihara in a featherweight matchup at The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale on July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Maynard suffered losses in five of his last six fights dating back to 2013. While he absorbs 2.53 significant strikes per minute, he maintains a 69 percent significant strike defense and an 83 percent takedown defense. Age may be a determining factor since Maynard is 12 years Ishihara's senior, but his commendable defense could hold off the 25-year-old Team Alpha Male product's attacks.
Jessin Ayari    UFC    Welterweight
Ayari will face Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 109 in Stockholm on May 28, Danny Segura of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ayari was successful in his UFC debut, winning a split decision over Jim Wallhead at UFC Fight Night 96 in September 2016. He's 16-3-0 over his professional career thus far, winning eight of his fights by submission.
Darren Till    UFC    Welterweight
Till will face Jessin Ayari at UFC Fight Night 109 on May 28 in Stockholm, Danny Segura of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Till hasn't been in the Octagon for nearly two years, last fighting Nicolas Dalby to a draw in 2015. The British fighter is 13-0-1 professionally and 1-0-1 in the UFC. While Till has won most of his fights by knockout (9), his opponent Ayari has won eight of his fights by submission, winning his last fight in September against Jim Wallhead by split decision.
Mike Perry    UFC    Welterweight
Perry was suspended 180 days pending physician clearance for a nose injury suffered in his KO victory over Jake Ellenberger on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Although Perry won the fight with a knockout-of-the-year candidate elbow that put Ellenberger on the canvas for an extended period of time, he'll be the one walking away with a longer suspension. Other noteworthy suspensions from the event include Sam Alvey (180 days - left ankle), Scott Holtzman (180 days - right foot), Artem Lobov (60 days - right foot), Marcos Rogerio de Lima (60 days - cut), Eddie Wineland (60 days), Joe Lauzon (60 days), Jake Ellenberger (60 days) and Dustin Ortiz (60 days). All of the aforementioned fighters can return to combat earlier if they receive clearance from a doctor.
Fabio Maldonado    Other    Light Heavyweight
Maldonado will be sidelined for three months after suffering a laceration in his right wrist, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Maldonado was involved in a home accident on Saturday during which he fell on a glass door and gashed his wrist, cutting an artery. Luckily, the light heavyweight fighter quickly underwent surgery is in recovery. Maldonado last fought in March of 2017, beating Abdul-Khamid Davlatov via TKO in a 220-pound catchweight bout.
Phil Davis    Bellator    Light Heavyweight
Davis will take on Bellator newcomer Ryan Bader for the promotion's light heavyweight championship at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Fantasy Analysis

Davis is coming off a unanimous decision victory last November over Liam McGeary, and will now get an opportunity to avenge his last professional loss while also defending his belt. Bader bested Davis in a UFC on Fox event back in January of 2015, but it was Davis that came out ahead in the striking battle by a count of 35-to-26. Davis has a respectable career takedown defense rate of 72 percent, but it will have to be a main focal point of his camp if the 32-year-old wants a different result than in their last fight.
Ryan Bader    Bellator    Light Heavyweight
Updating a previous report, Bader will make his Bellator debut against Phil Davis at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Fantasy Analysis

Bader was originally scheduled to face a quality opponent in Muhammed "King Mo" Lawler, but instead, he'll take on the division's current 205-pound champion in Davis. The two already have a score to settle, as they met in the UFC back in Jan 2015. Bader emerged with a split-decision victory in that fight, despite being outlanded 26-to-35 in the significant strike department. He was able to take Phil Davis down once in that fight, and Bader's wrestling could likely once again be the deciding factor.
Valerie Letourneau    Bellator    Flyweight
Letourneau has signed with Bellator MMA and will debut at flyweight later this summer, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Letourneau is the latest of several UFC fighters to jump ship over to Bellator, though it's admittedly unlikely she would have been offered another contract with the UFC after three straight losses. The 33-year-old has faced some quality names while with the promotion, such as current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, but has had a well-documented, brutal weight cut to get to the 115-pound limit. With Bellator, she'll be able to compete at her natural weight class at 125 pounds -- a class the UFC currently does not offer for women. Perhaps this is the move the American Top Team product needs to get her career back on track. At the very least, it will be significantly better for the Canadian's overall health.
Thales Leites    UFC    Middleweight
Leites defeated Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Leites clearly had a specific gameplan for Alvey, as he stayed out of boxing range and landed stinging leg kicks for most of the fight. While he may have coasted a bit too much in Round 3, Leites was able to get the win he was searching for after dropping his last fight to Krzysztof Jotko in November. Leites moves to 27-7 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Sam Alvey    UFC    Middleweight
Alvey lost to Thales Leites via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

One could argue that Alvey deserved to win the second round, but the 30-year-old simply isn't active enough to sway judges when his opponent doesn't give him ample opportunities to counter. He was forced to come forward a bit more than usual after losing Round 1, but his leg had been damaged too much by the kicks of Leities to move effectively. Alvey came into this bout riding a four-fight winning streak, but falls to 30-9 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.