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Magomed Bibulatov

29-Year-Old     UFC     Flyweight     14-1-0

STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Back    EST. RETURN:  7/1/2018
Birthdate:  August 22, 1988     Height:   5'5    

April 20, 2018    Magomed Bibulatov News

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RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

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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Bibulatov will take on Yuta Sasaki in a flyweight matchup at UFC Atlantic City on April 21, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The 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.
Bibulatov lost to John Moraga via KO (punch) at 1:38 of Round 1 at UFC 216 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Entering 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.
Bibulatov will face John Moraga in a flyweight fight at UFC 216 on October 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Bibulatov 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.
Bibulatov easily won his UFC debut on Saturday, defeating Jenel Lausa via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 29-26) at UFC 210 in Buffalo.

Fantasy Analysis

The 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.