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Tim Elliott    UFC    Flyweight
Elliott recently underwent right knee surgery, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Elliott reportedly tore every ligament and meniscus in the knee, so it's a fairly significant development and the 32-year-old is in line for a lengthy absence moving forward. There's yet to be any sort of update on a timetable, but it's safe to assume Elliott won't be back in the Octagon until well into 2019. Elliott most recently secured a bounce-back submission win over Mark Delarosa in December at UFC 219, bringing his career record to 15-8.
Matt Brown    UFC    Welterweight
Brown (knee), who's currently rehabbing a torn ACL, is expected to undergo ankle surgery in the near future, Damon Martin of MMAweekly.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Brown was unable to fight Carlos Condit back in April due to a torn ACL and recently discovered yet another injury, this time an ankle issue that has given him problems over the last three years. While Brown's surgery hasn't been scheduled yet, he's expected to be on crutches for eight weeks once it's completed, though the ankle should heal much quicker than the torn ACL. While Brown is still without any sort of timetable for his return, he likely has at least another six months on the sidelines considering ACL's usually take somewhere from 8-to-12 months to heal.
Stephen Thompson    UFC    Welterweight
Thompson revealed that he suffered a torn MCL in his knee during his fight with Darren Till at UFC Liverpool on May 27, Jed Meshew of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Thompson said that Till's targeted side kicks to the knee were instrumental to the latter winning the fight, with "Wonderboy" noting that the blows slowed him down during the second round. Fortunately for Thompson, who previously tore the ACL in the same knee, he suffered no other damage after undergoing a post-fight MRI and won't need surgery to address the MCL tear. He'll take the next two months to recover before resuming training and preparing for his next fight.
Claudia Gadelha    UFC    strawweight
Gadelha disclosed via her personal Twitter account that she will undergo knee surgery in the upcoming week.

Fantasy Analysis

Gadelha did just enough to earn a split-decision win over Carla Esparza at UFC 225, but it appears she collected that victory while fighting at less than 100 percent. According to a report from MMAFighting.com, Gadelha sustained knee and thigh injuries prior to that matchup, but decided against pulling out of the fight. This potentially explains why she let this fight get much closer than what the betting odds indicated, as she was the largest favorite on the card heading into the bout. Without knowing the exact nature of the procedure, it's difficult to determine the amount of time Gadelha expects to be on the shelf. When ready, the former title contender is open to a rematch with Esparza, though another title opportunity against current champion Rose Namajunas can't be counted out either.
Brad Tavares    UFC    Middleweight
Despite reports last week that Tavares was in danger of pulling out of his TUF 27 Finale middleweight matchup against Israel Adesanya, the fight remains in line to go on as planned, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

UFC President Dana White even told TMZ that Tavares had a broken foot and intended to withdraw, but that was later denied by Tavares, who said the fight is "100 percent on." There had been rumblings of Tavares getting a second opinion on the foot, which given his statement, must have had favorable results. The UFC won't be taking any chances with this main event, however, as they have lined up fellow middleweight contender Thiago Santos to be in Las Vegas during fight week in the event the scheduled bout has a late withdrawal. Should Tavares remain on the card leading up to fight week, he may be a bit of a fantasy gamble given that he's unlikely to be at 100 percent. Betting odds for the matchup have been tough to come by, as sportsbooks are likely standing by, waiting to see how the situation plays out.
Curtis Blaydes    UFC    Heavyweight
Blaydes suffered a sprained knee in his UFC 225 victory over Alistair Overeem on Saturday, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rumors of a matchup against Alexander Volkov in the UFC's upcoming trip to Russia have been rampant since Blaydes catalogued the impressive victory, but it now appears the timing will not match up. Instead, the management team of Blaydes will lobby for a title shot, though that will require some time with current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic tied up in a July superfight with Daniel Cormier. Blaydes won't be ready until after September, however, so the stars could align for the 27-year-old to get his wish. If that doesn't come to fruition, a rematch against Francis Ngannou could potentially be in the cards. Ngannou handed Blaydes his only true UFC defeat via doctor stoppage, despite Blaydes' pleas to continue fighting with one eye swollen almost completely shut. Should Blaydes emerge victorious in a matchup like that, the UFC would then have no choice but to give him an opportunity to win the belt.
Paige VanZant    UFC    Flyweight
VanZant revealed Tuesday via her personal Instagram page that her initial surgery to repair a broken arm was unsuccessful, and that she must go under the knife once again.

Fantasy Analysis

VanZant originally suffered the injury in the second round of her flyweight debut against Jessica Rose-Clark -- a fight she went on to lose via unanimous decision. Just under five months later, she disclosed that a new procedure will be required in which doctors take bone fragments from her hip to fill in the break and insert another plate. Since VanZant attributes the failed surgery to her desire to return too quickly, look for the 125-pounder to take a much more conservative approach this time around. Though VanZant is a young, marketable fighter with a budding skill set, she seems unlikely to affect top half of the flyweight rankings any time soon. She nearly dropped out -- falling to No. 14 overall -- with her most recent loss, and this isn't exactly the deepest division.
Michal Oleksiejczuk    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Oleksiejczuk was suspended one year by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), retroactive to Dec. 30, 2017, for a positive test for the banned substance clomiphene, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Oleksiejczuk was already serving the same one-year suspension handed down by the Nevada Athletic Commission, so this is essentially an affirmation by USADA of the commission's findings. The light heavyweight fighter has already seen his UFC debut -- a victory over Khalil Rountree -- overturned to a no-contest, and he won't be eligible to compete again until December 29, 2018.
Robert Whittaker    UFC    Middleweight
Whittaker will undergo hand surgery but is hopeful for a 2018 return, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Whittaker told Joe Rogan during a post-fight interview that he broke his hand in the first round of his 25-minute war with Yoel Romero, and his initial assessment appears to be correct. Fortunately for Whittaker, it appears to be a "clean break," which greatly reduces the expected recovery timetable. Barring any complications, Whittaker could be given a chance to defend his middleweight strap prior to the conclusion of the calendar year. It's too early to speculate on a potential opponent, though the likes of Kelvin Gastelum and Chris Weidman are currently the highest-ranked, healthy middleweights without an immediate fight booked.
Robert Whittaker    UFC    Middleweight
Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) at UFC 225 on Saturday in Chicago.

Fantasy Analysis

Whittaker would have walked out of the United Center with his title either way, but he now also leaves with the victory he worked so hard for. Despite breaking his right hand throwing a punch in Round 1 and telling Joe Rogan in his post-fight interview that his arm was numb all the way up to his elbow, Whittaker somehow continued to dish out punishment and eat everything Romero threw his way. There were countless times that the ordinary human being would have been stopped by Romero's superhuman strength, but Whittaker persevered. He may have gotten a break from the judge's as this was a fight that truly could have gone either way, but that's not his concern. Whittaker's chin and heart have proven to be as impressive as his offensive arsenal. A trilogy fight with Romero would have been an option, but the UFC is going to have difficulty booking Romero in another middleweight title fight after he missed weight his last two times. ESPN's Ariel Helwani reported earlier Saturday that the UFC was eyeing either former champion Chris Weidman or up-and-comer Kelvin Gastelum for Whittaker's next title defense.
Curtis Blaydes    UFC    Heavyweight
Blaydes defeated Alistair Overeem via TKO (elbows) at 2:56 of Round 3 at UFC 225 on Saturday in Chicago.

Fantasy Analysis

And it wasn't close. Blaydes used his athleticism advantage to drag Overeem to the mat on all four of his takedown attempts. From there, it was all but over. Blaydes has terrific size, he hits hard, and he's a good grappler. His cardio remains a concern, but Blaydes showed he is now a legitimate contender. The elbows that finished off Overeem on Saturday would have taken out any man on the roster. Riding a five-fight winning streak, Blaydes is closing in on a title shot. His only career loss came against Francis Ngannou and that's a fight that the UFC could easily decide to run back in the near future.
Claudia Gadelha    UFC    strawweight
Gadelha defeated Carla Esparza via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 225 on Saturday in Chicago.

Fantasy Analysis

She had to work for it. Gadelha started uncharacteristically slowly and she allowed Esparza, who isn't known as much of a striker at all, to flatten her with a beautiful combination in Round 1. Gadelha slowly used her upper-body strength to gain control of the fight, but her striking defense looked poor all night and she would have lost had she not connected on 4-of-5 takedown attempts. On paper this appeared to be a strong matchup for Gadelha, but she looked sluggish and was fortunate to emerge victorious. The 29-year-old Brazilian will need to continue to rack up wins if she wants to get back in the title picture.
Robert Whittaker    UFC    Middleweight
UFC President Dana White stated after ceremonial weigh-ins Friday that the scheduled matchup between Whittaker and Yoel Romero will take place in the main event of UFC 225 on Saturday, despite the fact that Romero missed weight by 0.2 pounds.

Fantasy Analysis

The biggest story in the MMA world Friday morning is the fact that Romero missed the 185-pound middleweight title limit after checking in at 185.2 pounds on his second attempt. Whittaker appears to be unfazed by his opponent's mishap and has been preparing as if the fight is still on, stating "I'm refueling and getting ready for a fight." It's seems like a win-win scenario for Whittaker, as it appears he won't lose his championship belt with a loss, though White failed to confirm whether or not the belt would be on the line. Details regarding the title belt, potential fine for Romero and number of rounds have yet to emerge, but it appears the two will be facing off Saturday night. As of early Friday evening, Whittaker is approximately a (-250) betting favorite for the event.
Augusto Mendes    Other    Bantamweight
Mendes elected to leave the UFC on Friday despite having one fight left on his deal, Guilherme Cruz of mmafighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Mendes was recently handed a suspension for a failed drug test, and while he was in the process of appealing the suspension, he has ultimately elected to not wait to take part in one last fight with the UFC. The Absolute Championship Berkut announced Thursday that they had signed a deal with Mendes, and his departure from the UFC confirms that. In four years as an MMA fighter, Mendes boasts a 6-2 record.
Robbie Lawler    UFC    Welterweight
Lawler continues to recover from knee surgery and is hopeful for a return in January, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Lawler's name has came up relatively frequently in an ever-changing welterweight title picture, as the veteran is a logical opponent for any 170-pounder that believes they're ready for title contention. Those rumblings appear to be premature, however, as Lawler continues to recover from surgery to repair both a torn ACL and torn meniscus. Assuming Lawler got the surgery immediately after the injury was sustained last December (which is uncertain), he would then be in line for roughly a year on the shelf. Athletes in other sports have taken less than a year to recover from similar procedures, but Lawler is 36 years old, and will need some time to resume training and get himself prepared to be kicked in that very knee. January may even be a bit optimistic, but the good sign is that his career doesn't yet appear to be over.
Sara McMann    UFC    Bantamweight
McMann announced Wednesday morning that she is three months pregnant, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

One thing McMann made clear is that this is not a retirement announcement. She had planned to take the time off anyway to attended to shoulder injuries sustained in her back-to-back losses, and the timing simply lined up right. She currently sits as the No. 8-ranked female bantamweight on the UFC.com rankings, and with her current timeline, could fight again before mid-2019 if she chooses to.
Bobby Green    UFC    Lightweight
Green (undisclosed) will no longer fight Clay Guida at UFC 225 in Chicago on June 9.

Fantasy Analysis

News first appeared of Green's withdrawal from an Instagram post on Guida's personal account, but no specific reason has been released. This is starting to become a pattern for Green, who withdraw from his last matchup against Beneil Dariush, which was scheduled to take place at UFC 22 in March. Whatever injury Green is dealing with seems to be rearing its ugly head once again, but it will be difficult to estimate a timetable until the lightweight fighter decides to disclose specifics.
Bryan Barberena    UFC    Welterweight
Barberena will no longer face Jake Ellenberger at UFC Utica on June 1, as an undisclosed injury has forced his withdrawal, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Barberena will miss out on an opportunity to pad his resume against a declining UFC veteran, with the exact reason being uncertain at this time. "Bam Bam" may be just 3-2 in his last five fights with the company, but both of those losses were against highly-respectable and red-hot fighters in Colby Covington and Leon Edwards. Covington is now on the verge of a title shot, while Edwards may just be a few wins away himself.
Niko Price    UFC    Welterweight
Price will no longer face Belal Muhammad at UFC Utica on June 1 due to an undisclosed reason, MMAJunkie.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

It's unclear exactly what rendered Price unfit to compete, but the 28-year-old will presumably be on the shelf for the foreseeable future. An American Top Team Product, Price is 3-1 (1 NC) in the UFC with each of his wins coming by way of stoppage. There's room to grow for the Florida native, but it might be a bit before his next move is determined.
Hector Sandoval    UFC    Flyweight
Sandoval will no longer face Jarred Brooks at UFC Utica on June 1, as he was forced to withdraw from the fight due to an undisclosed injury, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Sandoval badly needed a rebound from the fastest KO loss in flyweight history last August, but that opportunity will have to be put on hold for now. With little details of the injury or other withdrawal reason available, it's unclear exactly when the 31-year-old will step back in the Octagon. In the meantime, Jose Torres will step in to replace him on short notice.
Alexander Gustafsson    UFC    Light Heavyweight
UFC President Dana White confirmed to reporters Sunday that Gustafsson (shoulder) is expected to fight at UFC 227 on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles, Damon Martin of UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The promotion had originally been targeting a matchup between Gustafsson and Luke Rockhold for the event, but with Rockhold having recently suffered a leg injury that rendered him unable to train, the UFC will begin exploring other options. With Jon Jones suspended and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier tied up in another fight (along with the other top four contenders in the division), it's unclear what direction the promotion will take. UFC 227 is scheduled to take place at the Staples Center, where a bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt is expected to headline the card.
Stephen Thompson    UFC    Welterweight
Thompson was defeated by Darren Till via unanimous decision (46-49, 47-48, 47-48) at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in Liverpool.

Fantasy Analysis

This was a very close fight. Neither fighter went out and "took" the decision. Thompson used his typical elusive style to stay on the outside and avoid big shots from his opponent. Thompson did an excellent job of using his counter-striking to land more strikes than Till. This fight likely swung on "Octagon control" as Thompson was moving backwards the entire fight and Till was pursuing. Thompson could have been more assertive and taken more risks, but that is a tall task against a fighter who possesses the power of Till. "Wonderboy" was knocked down in the fifth round, and that was the decisive point of the fight as two judges gave Till the victory by one round. It seemed like Thompson was on his way to a decision victory, but the judges took into account Till's pressure, damage he did to Thompson's leg, and knockdown in the fifth round.
Stephen Thompson    UFC    Welterweight
Thompson will officially square off against Darren Till in the main event of UFC Liverpool on Sunday, as Till was able to weigh in below their agreed-upon mark of 188 pounds, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Thompson is already picking up 30 percent of Till's purse due to the fact that Till missed weight Saturday, but another aspect of the deal negotiated by the fighters was that Till could not weigh more than 188 pounds upon entering the arena. That may seem like a silly idea given that the fighters' contracted weight is 171 pounds, but for a large welterweight like Till that can walk around north of 200, it's essentially forcing a second weight cut on fight day. Till will now have to scramble to rehydrate, and medically speaking, won't be able to fully do so before entering the octagon later today. This uncertainty seems to have swung the betting odds back in favor of Thompson, who sits at approximately a (-135) favorite for the main event as of 9:00 AM ET.
Stephen Thompson    UFC    Welterweight
Thompson will still fight in his scheduled matchup against Darren Till at UFC Liverpool on Sunday, despite the fact that Till missed weight by 3.5 pounds, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Thompson negotiated a deal that forces Till to surrender 30 percent of his fight purse, and makes him unable to weigh more than 188 pounds when arriving at the arena tomorrow. If he misses that mark, the terms would need to be negotiated once again. It's a bit of a unique move, but very strategic on the part of Thompson's team, as it will prevent Till from entering the octagon too advantageously heavy. Furthermore, it may require Till to cut a bit of weight tomorrow morning, which wouldn't be ideal for a fighter about to compete at the highest level. As of Saturday morning (in the U.S.), Thompson has moved from a slight underdog to a betting favorite of roughly (-125), though the matchup remains a pick'em in many sportsbooks.
Davey Grant    UFC    Bantamweight
Grant's fight against Manny Bermudez has been removed from the UFC Liverpool card due to reports Grant is dealing with a staph infection, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Grant had been a (+215) underdog for a fight that was booked back in April, but the matchup will no longer come to pass due to news that emerged early Friday morning. It's unclear if the promotion will attempt to re-book this proposed bout at a later date.

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