34-Year-Old UFC Lightweight 14-3-0, 1NC
June 5, 2018 Nick Hein News
RotoWire Fantasy Analysis
Hein will take on Damir Hadzovic in a lightweight matchup at UFC Hamburg on July 22.
Hein will look to bounce back from a loss to Davi Ramos in his last fight, and will get to do so in front of fans in his home country of Germany. He draws an opponent in Hadzovic that is just 1-2 in three UFC fights, and was taken down nine times in his last time out. Hein won't necessarily be able to exploit that potential weakness, as he averages less than one takedown per 15 minutes, but he does hold statistical advantages in striking volume, striking differential and striking defense. On the downside, he'll be conceding approximately three inches in height and four inches in reach to Hadzovic. Nonetheless, look for Hein to enter a slight favorite with more experience and and the crowd behind him.
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Fantasy AnalysisHein looked good on the feet early on and even scored a quick knockdown of Ramos but once the fight ended up on the mat, Hein was finished. While Hein is a solid fighter, he has competed in Europe for the majority of career and remains a virtual unknown on this side of the ocean. There's no shame in being submitted by a mat wizard such as Ramos, but this was a missed opportunity for Hein. Hein's only two UFC defeats have come again Ramos and rising star James Vick.
Fantasy AnalysisHein was forced out of his UFC Rotterdam booking in September due to an undisclosed injury, and there hasn't been much news on the fighter since. That changed at the UFC Belem post-fight press conference when his matchup against Ramos was announced. Though both fighters are coming off wins, Hein holds the edge in terms of UFC experience, going 3-1 with the promotion. He'll be public enemy No. 1 on fight night, however, as Ramos is a native of Rio de Janeiro. No weight class has been officially announced, but it is presumed this will be a lightweight (155-pound) battle.
Fantasy AnalysisHein was set to face UFC newcomer Magomedsharipov but suffered an undisclosed injury that has forced him to withdraw from the fight. He will be replaced by another newcomer in Mike Santiago. A timetable for Hein's return is not known at this time.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Sergeant certainly would have loved to secure a stoppage win in his native Germany, but it was a solid effort nonetheless. A fitness freak who has won countless world championships in judo, Hein is now 4-1 in the UFC, although all four wins have come via unanimous decision. Although Hein has become a fixture on the UFC's European cards, he actually spends most of his time these days training in California. At age-32, the UFC has little reason to hold Hein back, so they should be aggressive in giving him a better opponent next time out in hopes of seeing what they have here.
Fantasy AnalysisHein had to withdraw from his UFC Rotterdam matchup against Jon Tuck due to injury, but will get matched up on another European card against a 33-year-old fighter with four UFC bouts under his belt. All four of Hein's UFC bouts have gone to decision, and with only a 41 percent strike accuracy rate, it may be difficult to rely on him from a fantasy perspective.
Fantasy AnalysisHein had been on track for a shot at his third straight victory, but that quest will be derailed due to an undisclosed ailment just four days before the scheduled bout. He'll be replaced on the card by fellow lightweight Josh Emmett, who will be making his UFC debut.
Fantasy AnalysisThere shouldn't have been a 30-27 in there, but Hein was the better fighter over the final two rounds and he deserved the victory. Hein's striking looked better than it has at any point during his UFC tenure and he did a nice job of pulling away from Kasuya late in the bout. Hein is 3-1 in the UFC and he has one eight of his last nine fights (1NC). Hein should continue to be featured on cards in Europe and the Far East.
Fantasy AnalysisFighting in his home country, Hein performed well. It wasn't a particularly entertaining fight, but Hein got the better of Sajewski in a bout that was almost entirely spent on the feet. The total strike battle ended up 81-50 in favor of Hein. The German is now 2-1 in his first three UFC bouts with his only losing coming to the underrated James Vick.
Fantasy AnalysisHein lost his last bout to the underrated James Vick back in November, but he's the -160 favorite against the debuting Sajewski. A decorated Judo specialist, Hein also has the advantage of fighting in his home country. It will be his third fight in the UFC (he defeated Drew Dober by unanimous decision in his debut in May 2014)