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Ronaldo Souza    UFC    Middleweight
Souza underwent pectoral surgery Thursday, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Souza allegedly suffered a pectoral rupture during his surprise loss to the likes of Robert Whittaker at UFC on FOX 24 back in mid-April. A timeline for his return won't be determined until after he begins physical therapy.
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.
Jon Jones    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Jones could potentially be granted a title fight by UFC when his suspension for a failed drug test ends this summer, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Roughly one week ago it seemed that Jones wouldn't even have a chance at a main event upon his return, and now the tide has completely turned and it's possible he'll be put on the biggest stage immediately. Of course, if this happens, it means Jones would be facing Daniel Cormier, who currently holds the light heavyweight belt. However, if that doesn't materialize, UFC president Dana White is penciling a matchup between Cormier and Jimi Manuwa sometime this summer, while Bones gets a "tuneup" fight in the meantime.
Michael Graves    Other    Welterweight
Graves was released from his contract with UFC on Monday, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Graves was arrested last October on charges of misdemeanor battery and had been barred from competition since. The welterweight prospect will finish his UFC tenure with a 6-0-1 record.
Ronaldo Souza    UFC    Middleweight
Jacare lost to Robert Whittaker via TKO (punches) at 3:28 of Round 2 at UFC on FOX 24 on Saturday in Kansas City.

Fantasy Analysis

Accepting a fight against Whittaker may very well be a decision that the 37-year-old Souza comes to regret for the remainder of his new eight-fight contract that he signed yesterday. Jacare probably could have sat on the sidelines and waited for a UFC Middleweight Championship opportunity, but he decided to remain active and paid for it. Jacare managed to take Whittaker's back in Round 1, but Whittaker worked his way back to his feet and it was all downhill from there for Souza. Jacare simply couldn't handle the hand speed of the younger, faster Whittaker. Souza remains one of the best middleweights in the world and he obviously isn't going anywhere, but Saturday's loss put a major crimp in his plans to ever fight for the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Ronaldo Souza    UFC    Middleweight
Souza signed an eight-fight deal with the UFC, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Souza's fight against Robert Whittaker on Saturday would have been the last of his contract and possibly his last fight in the UFC had he not come to terms with the promotion. With this new contract, it's clear the UFC wants to keep Souza around, and will likely eventually get his shot at the middleweight title.
Daniel Cormier    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Cormier has been placed on a 45-day medical suspension pending NYSAC clearance, mmafighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Cormier's medical suspension comes in the aftermath of UFC 210 where he took down top-ranked contender Anthony Johnson via rear-naked choke in the second round. He joins Chris Weidman, Patrick Cote, Mike De La Torre and Josh Emmett in a group of five fighters to face the same mandatory absence. Cormier was unlikely to fight withing 45 days anyway, but if he does choose to compete on one of the promotion's July cards, this short layoff won't get in his way.
Ronaldo Souza    UFC    Middleweight
Souza's fight against Robert Whittaker on Saturday will be the last fight on his UFC contract, according to Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour.

Fantasy Analysis

Since getting his fight against Luke Rockhold was called off in November, Souza rolled over Tim Boetsch at UFC 208, and proceeded to agree to another non-title fight against Whittaker that will take place on FOX this Saturday. At the time of the bout agreement, it was a bit confusing why Souza, winner of seven of eight UFC bouts, would accept a fight against someone outside of the division's top-5 ranked fighters. At 37 years old, the submission specialist is certainly deserving of a title shot, but middleweight champion Michael Bisping is currently scheduled to face Georges St-Pierre at a date that has yet to be determined. It's also likely that Yoel Romero, and even Gegard Mousasi, would be ahead in line for a title shot. If Souza and the UFC cannot come to terms on a new deal after Saturday, it's entirely possible Jacare will look to compete for a belt in a different promotion.
Jon Jones    UFC    Light Heavyweight
UFC President Dana White reaffirmed in Saturday's UFC 210 post-fight press conference that Jones will not be featured in the main event when he returns to the UFC, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Jones has had his fair share of troubles outside of the octagon, but he remains one of the biggest draws in the sport. Nonetheless, White will double down on his statement from last November when Jones' one-year USADA suspension was originally handed out. That one-year suspension will be over in July, but White and UFC brass will play his return cautiously. Whether Jones fights Daniel Cormier in his return to competition, or instead gets another so-called "tune-up" fight, remains to be seen.
Daniel Cormier    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Cormier successfully defended his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Anthony Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:37 of Round 2 at UFC 210 in Buffalo.

Fantasy Analysis

With Rumble shockingly willing to grapple with him, DC used his muscle and positioning to win this fight. He did a great job of keeping Johnson pinned up against the cage, and although he was taken down twice, DC easily hopped right back up to his feet. Considering Rumble's sudden retirement following the fight, it makes you wonder if his head was in it. Either way, that's not DC's fault. He did what he had to do to win. DC cut a vintage heel promo following the bout. He launched verbal attacks on both former champion Jon Jones and Jimi Manuwa, both of whom were cageside. Jones, of course, still isn't eligible to fight following all of the personal and legal issues he has been through. For what it's worth, DC would likely be a massive favorite over Manuwa and a fairly healthy underdog to Jones.
Sage Northcutt    UFC    Lightweight
Northcutt is scheduled to undergo surgery next week to have his tonsils removed and plans to return to action in July, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Northcutt has dealt with ongoing strep throat issues since his loss to Bryan Barberena in Jan. 2016, so this procedure is expected to provide a long-term correction. Following the surgery, Northcutt will have to wait four weeks before he's able to resume training, and according to his father Mark, that would land him with a tentative July return date. The 21-year-old prospect is currently looking to get back on the right track following a loss to Mickey Gall in December.
Justin Ledet    UFC    Heavyweight
Ledet accepted a four-month suspension for using a tainted substance, Damon Martin of Fox Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

His suspension is retroactive to Feb. 1 when he was initially flagged for the violation by the USADA. Ledet will be eligible to fight again starting on June 1.
Daniel Cormier    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Cormier (+105) finds himself as a surprising underdog as he gets set to defend his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Anthony Johnson at UFC 210 on Saturday in Buffalo.

Fantasy Analysis

DC won the first fight between the two a little less than two years ago, but he still finds himself as the underdog. Cormier has defeated Alexander Gustafsson and Anderson Silva since the last time the two fought, but this will undoubtedly be his toughest title defense to date. Cormier is fully aware of Rumble's insane power and it's vital that he does everything in his power to make sure he doesn't stand in front of Johnson for long stretches at a time. DC's best chance of winning on Saturday is to lean on his wrestling game.
Magnus Cedenblad    UFC    Middleweight
Cedenblad has withdrawn from his fight against Chris Camozzi at UFC Fight Night 109 in Stockholm, Sweden on May 28.

Fantasy Analysis

Cedenblad had been on a roll with four straight victories prior to a loss to Jack Marshman in November. The reason for his withdrawal is unknown at this time, but Trevor Smith is currently in line to step in as a replacement opponent for Camozzi.
Michael Chandler    Bellator    Lightweight
Chandler (leg) will defend his lightweight title against Brent Primus at the Bellator 180 pay-per-view event in New York on June 24, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Bellator's second ever pay-per-view event has the names, but now it's starting to shape up by putting title belts on the line. Chandler would be a ranked lightweight in the UFC, but he's seen a lot of success in Bellator -- his only losses have came to Will Brooks and Eddie Alvarez, both of whom are now with the UFC. Chandler has won four in a row since those losses, including a split-decision win over former UFC product Benson Henderson, a title fight in which he suffered a broken right fibula. That bout took place back in November, so he should be near 100 percent by the summertime. As far as his opponent, Primus is a bit of a wildcard, as he's 7-0 in his professional career with only one knockout. Despite the inexperience, Primus is an older fighter, and will hold a slight height advantage in the bout.
Viscardi Andrade    UFC    Welterweight
Andrade has been suspended two years by the USADA for testing positive for anabolic steroids, Marc Raimondi of MMAfighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Andrade is expected to have his most recent win over Rich Walsh overturned and will also have to pay an undisclosed fine after the positive tests. More importantly, however, Andrade will be out of action for awhile pending an appeal, which is a tough blow considering he started his UFC career 3-1 and appeared to be in line for a bigger opponent in his next bout. Of note, Andrade's suspension is retroactive to Mar. 20 of 2016, so he could return to action as soon as March of 2018.
Cain Velasquez    UFC    Heavyweight
Velasquez (back) remains without a firm timetable for a return to the octagon.

Fantasy Analysis

Velasquez underwent successful back surgery in January, but he still hasn't fully recovered and intends to take as much time as needed to let it happen before scheduling a fight. UFC 214 on July 29 seems to be the most realistic date for a potential return at this stage in his recovery, although only time will tell.
Ben Rothwell    UFC    Heavyweight
Rothwell (knee) has been flagged for a potential USADA violation, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rothwell's name may be damaged a bit by this, but he won't be officially suspended until the adjudication process is complete. The 35-year-old was on track for a fight against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 211 in May, so he'll nee a quick resolution if the promotion still wants to keep that heavyweight fight on the card.
Ronaldo Souza    UFC    Middleweight
Souza will take on Robert Whittaker in a middleweight matchup at a UFC on FOX event in Kansas City on April 15.

Fantasy Analysis

Souza will once again get passed up for a shot at middleweight gold, as champion Michael Bisping will next defend his title when Georges St-Pierre returns to the octagon in late-2017. Jacare won't just wait around for a title opportunity, however, preferring to stay active and take on the promotion's No. 6-ranked 185-pounder. Whittaker is one of the few middleweights as hot as Souza right now, owning six consecutive wins under the UFC banner. With the exception of a controversial decision loss to Yoel Romero, Souza hasn't been beaten since 2011. At 37 years old, Souza may be running out of time to get his title shot, so he'll look to pad his resume and accelerate the process.
Michael Bisping    UFC    Middleweight
UFC President Dana White announced on Sportscenter on Wednesday that Bisping (knee) will defend his middleweight title against Georges St-Pierre in late-2017.

Fantasy Analysis

Bisping recently underwent surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus, which is why the fight will have to be put on hold for several months. He was originally scheduled to face top contender Yoel Romero, but that all changed when St-Pierre announced his comeback, which was made official just weeks ago. GSP is a much bigger "money fight" opponent than Romero, and has significantly less knockout power, so it makes sense for the 38-year-old Bisping to not only accept, but implore the UFC to grant him this fight. Matchup-wise, Bisping will have to make takedown defense his main priority in the upcoming fight camp. He owns a career rate of 64 percent, which might not be good enough against GSP, one of the best wrestlers the promotion has ever seen. That being said, ring rust could certainly be a factor for St-Pierre, which is arguably Bisping's biggest advantage. "The Count" has fought eight times under the UFC banner since GSP decided to walk away from the sport in 2013. Furthermore, Bisping will hold roughly a two-inch height advantage over the former welterweight, though their reaches will be approximately equal.
Tom Lawlor    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Lawlor was suspended from the UFC for two years Friday for testing positive for the banned substance ostarine back in October, Marc Raimondi of MMAfighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Lawlor became the seventh UFC fighter to be given a two-year ban, and since the flagged test occurred back in October, he will be eligible to return to fighting in October of 2018, as the ban is retroactively placed. Lawlor last fought in the UFC in March of 2016, when he lost to Corey Anderson by unanimous decision.
Ed Herman    UFC    Middleweight
Herman stated Monday via his personal Twitter account that he is out of of his UFC 209 fight against Igor Pokrajac due to injury.

Fantasy Analysis

Herman may be at the back end of his career at age 36, but "Short Fuse" is always good for an exciting bout. He's 1-2 in his last three fights under the UFC banner, but each of those ended in some type of stoppage. With the card less than two weeks away, it's unclear if the UFC will be able to find Pokrajac a new opponent.
Germaine de Randamie    UFC    Featherweight
De Randamie has yet to see a doctor to determine if hand surgery is needed, Damon Martin of FOX Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

De Randamie appears to have re-injured an old hand ailment during her UFC 208 fight against Holly Holm, where she picked up the inaugural women's bantamweight title. She did go to the hospital following her victory, but reports at the time seemed to indicate that this was due to concussion symptoms and not the hand issue. If any type of surgery is needed, there's a chance the UFC's latest new champion could be on the shelf again for several months. From there, the next step is scheduling her first title defense, whether it's a rematch against Holm or a date with Cris Cyborg, provided the latter clears up her USADA situation.
Todd Duffee    UFC    Heavyweight
Duffee has withdrawn from his UFC 209 fight against Mark Godbeer, ESPN's Brett Okamoto reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Duffee hasn't fought since his July 2015 loss to Frank Mir, but it's unclear at this time what's ailing him. Given the 31-year-old's level of inactivity, it's unlikely he sees a high-profile heavyweight bout any time soon. In the meantime, Godbeer will attempt to secure a new opponent for the March 4 event.
Germaine de Randamie    UFC    Featherweight
De Randamie was released from a brief stay in the hospital following Saturday's fight against Holly Holm, Damon Martin of FOX Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

De Randamie reported some slight headaches following her bout with Holm, so she was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Everything seemed to check out OK, however, so it doesn't appear the new featherweight champion sustained any serious injuries. Though de Randamie picked up the decision victory, she certainly didn't get away unscathed, as Holm applied constant pressure and connected flush with a big head kick at the end of the third round. She'll likely need at least a few months to recover before defending her title against Cris Cyborg -- provided Cyborg is granted exemption from her recent USADA violation.

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