24-Year-Old UFC Heavyweight 10-4-0, 1NC
December 7, 2017 Luis Henrique News
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Henrique will not fight Timothy Johnson in Belem, Brazil on Feb. 3 due to a biceps injury that will require surgery, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
Just a few days after the bout against Johnson was announced, it will fall by the wayside because of Henrique's injury. At the present time there has been no word on a replacement, but since the fight is almost two months away, there will likely be enough time to find a worthy opponent for Johnson.
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Fantasy AnalysisA native Brazilian, Henrique will have the luxury of drawing his first fight of 2018 on home turf after taking losses in both of his matches in 2017. After joining the UFC while riding a seven-fight unbeaten streak, the heavyweight has since been humbled, losing to Francis Ngannou in his debut before suffering back-to-back losses to Marcin Tybura and Arjan Bhullar this season, with the latter defeat coming in a unanimous decision.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was the correct decision, but the biggest takeaway from Henrique's point of view was his improved cardio. An issue that has plagued him in the past turned into a strength on Saturday. The Brazilian was down 20-18 entering the final frame before he picked up the pace to win Round 3. It wasn't enough to ultimately win the fight, but it was a positive development for the 24-year-old. Henrique is now 2-3 in the UFC, but there are reasons to be optimistic moving forward.
Fantasy AnalysisHenrique was on his way to a decision loss prior to the stoppage, although it wasn't a terrible effort. KLB landed three takedowns, scored 8:30 of control time and connected on 76% of his total strikes (59/78), but Tybura was the more active of the two men and he did considerably more damage in the standup game. Still just 23-years-old, Henrique has a nice all-around skill set for a big man. He is now 2-2 in his first four UFC contests.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was an easy night at the office for Henrique in front of his native Brazilian fans. He popped Colombo with repeated combinations before scoring six takedowns when his opponent was visibly exhausted. Colombo doesn't qualify as much of an opponent, but the 23-year-old Henrique has shown an ability to keep up a high pace of fighting over an extended period of time. That alone makes him a fighter to watch in the UFC's thin heavyweight division.