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The most recent UFC fantasy MMA news from RotoWire.

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.
Nate Marquardt    UFC    Middleweight
Marquardt is scheduled to fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Danny Segura of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The 38-year-old Marquardt appears to be approaching the twilight of his career considering the veteran has dropped seven of his last 10 fights, with his last coming at the hand of Sam Alvey back on Jan. 28 on a unanimous decision. However, Belfort has also been struggling, as the 40-year-old is just 1-4 across his last five bouts himself.
Vitor Belfort    UFC    Middleweight
Belfort is scheduled to fight Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Danny Segura of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

This fight will mark the last of Belfort's storied career, as the 40-year-old MMA legend simply doesn't believe his body can handle the grueling demands of the sport for much longer. Considering he's just 1-4 across his last five bouts, we'd probably agree. Fortunately for him, his opposition hasn't fared much better of late; the 38-year-old Nate Marquardt is 2-4 across his past six.
Jared Cannonier    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Cannonier will face Steve Bosse in a light heavyweight bout at the TUF 25 Finale on July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Dave Doyle at MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Cannonier matches his opponent, Steve Bosse, in being a stand-up artist. He has less significant strikes landed per minute (3.28 to 5.99) than Bosse but his accuracy is slightly higher (60 percent to 52 percent). "The Killa Gorilla" will probably avoid the mat because his takedown statistics show a 30 percent takedown defense with only two unsuccessful takedowns attempted on offensive end in four fights with the UFC. Cannonier proved to be a tougher challenge than expected in a unanimous-decision loss to Glover Teixeira in his last bout, so he may be one to look out for.
Steve Bosse    UFC    Middleweight
Bosse will face Jared Cannonier in a light heavyweight bout at the TUF 25 Finale on July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Dave Doyle at MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

"The Boss" will come out swinging at this matchup with Jared Cannonier. Eleven of the fights in the Canadian's career (12-2) have ended in KO/TKO. Over a three-fight sampling, Bosse lands an incredible 5.99 average significant strikes per minute while keeping a 100 percent takedown defense.
Justin Gaethje    UFC    Lightweight
According to WSOF President Ray Sefo, Gaethje is headed for the UFC, though Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports it is not yet a done deal.

Fantasy Analysis

After fighting his way to a perfect record in the World Series of Fighting (soon to be "Pro Fighters League") promotion, Gaethje will take his talents to the big show and will attempt to work his way up in a tough lightweight division, one of the deepest the UFC has to offer. The 28-year-old is an exciting fighter and could draw a big fight as early as the summer, should negotiations work out as planned. According to ESPN's Brett Okamoto, Gaethje's top choices for his debut would be Edson Barboza, Tony Ferguson or Al Iaquinta.
Omari Akhmedov    UFC    Welterweight
Akhmedov will face Abdul Razak Alhassan in a welterweight matchup at UFC Fight Night 109 on May 28 in Stockholm, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Akhmedov has been with the UFC since 2013 and has faced some key names such as Gunnar Nelson and Sergio Moraes, but has been largely inconsistent over the last few years. The American Top Team product will have an experience advantage, though momentum lands on the side of Alhassan, who is 7-0 in his career with a 100 percent KO/TKO rate.
Abdul Razak Alhassan    UFC    Welterweight
Alhassan will face Omari Akhmedov in a welterweight matchup at UFC Fight Night 109 on May 28 in Stockholm, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Alhassan has been on a tear since getting into the fight game, starting his career 7-0 with a 100 percent KO/TKO rate. He'll take on a UFC veteran in Akhmedov, who is 4-3 under the UFC banner, but lost two of his last three bouts. If Alhassan can keep his stoppage streak going, he won't be scheduled on the prelims for much longer.
Jim Wallhead    UFC    Welterweight
Wallhead will make his second UFC appearance at UFC 212 on June 3 in Brazil against Luan Chagas, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Wallhead (29-10) dropped his debut back in September in a split-decision loss to Jessin Ayari. Chagas (14-2-1) is making just his third UFC appearance and has also yet to record a win.
Luan Chagas    UFC    Welterweight
Chagas will fight Jim Wallhead as part of UFC 212 on June 3 in Brazil, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Chagas, who has a 14-2-1 record as a fighter, is making his third appearance in the Octagon while Wallhead (29-10) is still looking for his first UFC victory. The fight is now the 11th bout on the night.
Drakkar Klose    UFC    Lightweight
Klose will take on Marc Diakiese in a lightweight matchup at the TUF 25 Finale on July 7 in Las Vegas, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Klose took care of business in his UFC debut last January, putting his striking on display in a decision victory over Devin Powell. The promotion will waste no time in challenging the 29-year-old, matching him up against one of their top lightweight prospects in Diakiese. Klose's undefeated record will now be on the line in his toughest test to date.
Marc Diakiese    UFC    Lightweight
Diakese will take on Drakkar Klose in a lightweight matchup at the TUF 25 Finale on July 7 in Las Vegas, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Diakese may have been hoping to meet a ranked opponent after a 3-0 start to his UFC tenure, but the promotion will instead match him up with another strong prospect, though it will be on a big stage. "Bonecrusher" put Teemu Packalen on a highlight reel his last time out, and another convincing stoppage could give him a case for a ranked opponent.
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.