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The most recent UFC fantasy MMA news from RotoWire.

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.
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.
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.
Eddie Wineland    UFC    Bantamweight
Wineland lost to John Dodson via unanimous decision (28-29, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Wineland clearly wasn't prepared for the speed of Dodson, and intimated as much to his corner after Round 1. Wineland succeeds by finding angles to land his awkward striking, but the 32-year-old became a predictable boxer in the face of a slicker, faster opponent. He had experienced a bit of a renaissance prior to this fight, having scored back-to-back TKO victories, but falls to 23-12 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
John Dodson    UFC    Bantamweight
Dodson defeated Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

It was clear from the beginning that Dodson's speed was simply too much for Wineland, who allowed The Magician to land his jab at will while weaving in and out. While it wasn't the finish he promised, Dodson turned in an impressive performance nonetheless, as he ate just 21 strikes in the entire bout according to FightMetric. Dodson improves to 19-8 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Jessica Penne    UFC    strawweight
Penne lost to Danielle Taylor via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Penne could never quite find the range in this fight, as the speed of Danielle Taylor proved to be a bit too much for the former title challenger. She made a nice adjustment mid-fight, catching Taylor in the clinch to land knees to the body, but it ultimately wasn't enough to take the decision. Penne had taken brutal beatings in her last two fights against Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade, and while this fight was significantly closer, it's clear that the 34-year-old does not belong anywhere near the top of the division. She falls to 12-5 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Danielle Taylor    UFC    strawweight
Taylor defeated Jessica Penne via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Taylor used her speed to disorient Penne, darting in and out while landing solid head shots. While Penne was able to do some good work in the clinch, it was clear that the 27-year-old landed the harder shots, and was the busier fighter overall. Taylor's combination of speed and power makes her a tough opponent for the division, but her small stature (5-feet even) will likely make it difficult for her to notch convincing wins in the UFC. She moves to 9-2 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Dustin Ortiz    UFC    Flyweight
Ortiz lost to Brandon Moreno via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:06 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ortiz had the grappling edge early, but Moreno was able to thwart a takedown attempt in Round 2 and create space long enough to land a big head kick as the 28-year-old loaded up a right hand. Ortiz attempted to regain his wits, but Moreno jumped on his back and eventually sunk in the choke for the finish. Ortiz was coming off a hard-fought victory over Zach Makovsky in December, but has now lost three of his last four fights. Ortiz, who was finished for the first time in his career Saturday, drops to 16-7 in professional MMA.
Brandon Moreno    UFC    Flyweight
Moreno defeated Dustin Ortiz via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:06 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Moreno was being outgrappled by Ortiz for most of the contest, but found space to land a giant head kick in Round 2 before jumping on his opponent's back and sinking in the choke. Moreno has been quite the find for the flyweight division, combining vicious striking with willing and competent grappling. The 23-year-old has won all three of his fights in the UFC, notching finishes over two high-profile opponents in Ortiz and Louis Smolka over that span. He improves to 14-3 in professional MMA as a result of the win.