29-Year-Old UFC Flyweight 14-1-0
April 20, 2018 Magomed Bibulatov News
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Bibulatov is dealing with a back injury and has been removed from the UFC Atlantic City card where he was supposed to face Ulka Sasaki, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
The back injury has apparently been a lingering issue for Bibulatov and especially flared up Thursday night. It's still unclear if Sasaki will be provided a last minute replacement opponent.
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Fantasy AnalysisThe hype train was in full swing for the 29-year-old Bibulatov heading into his last fight, but it was derailed in the first round when he was knocked out by John Moraga. The UFC will make the right move and scale back the prospect a bit, giving Bibulatov a chance to get back in the win column against a fighter with a sub-.500 record with the promotion. Bibulatov was a (-600) favorite for his last fight, so although oddsmakers will likely take it a bit easier this time around, he should still enter as the betting favorite.
Fantasy AnalysisEntering as a -600 favorite clearly doesn't mean what it once did. Widely viewed as one of the brightest prospects in the division, Bibulatov suffered his first professional loss on Saturday. It should also be noted that Moraga was the first opponent of note that Bib had ever faced. This loss ultimately won't mean a ton as Bibulatov learns from it, but it was certainly a wake up call for the 29-year-old.
Fantasy AnalysisBibulatov debuted with the UFC in April and claimed his first victory with the promotion via unanimous decision over Jenel Lausa. He scored 94 total strikes in the fight and advanced his win streak to 14. The 28-year-old hasn't lost since going pro in 2013. He's currently ranked No. 15 in the UFC's flyweight division.
Fantasy AnalysisThe scores would have been even more lopsided in Bibulatov's favor had he not been docked a point by referee Big John McCarthy in Round 2 for a low blow. The Russian won the total strike battle by a count of 94-31 and he racked up 7:38 of control time to go along with a pair of takedowns. Bibulatov is worth keeping an eye on in the UFC's thin flyweight division.