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Muslim Salikhov    UFC    Welterweight
Salikhov was notified by the USADA Friday of a doping violation from a sample collected on June 7.

Fantasy Analysis

Salikhov doesn't have any fights currently scheduled, so a potential suspension won't alter any of the UFC's plans, but it looks like the Russian fighter could be out of work for an extended time should he accept the suspension. Any prospective suspension would start from the time the sample was collected in June, though it's worth noting several fighters have successfully appealed for reduced penalties since USADA's implementation. Fight fans should see in the coming months how much effort Salikhov will put into potentially clearing his name, but he will be ineligible to compete for the immediate future.
Robert Whittaker    UFC    Middleweight
Whittaker (hand) told Ariel Helwani of ESPN that he won't be able to defend his middleweight title until 2019 at the earliest, likely in February.

Fantasy Analysis

Whittaker is scheduled to coach the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Kelvin Gastelum, and the two head coaches typically square off at the end of the show. It's unclear if the timelines will match up for these two, however, as Whittaker needs additional time to recover from his recent hand surgery before he begins rehab. Rehab will take several more weeks, and then Whittaker wishes to at least get in a semi-normal fight camp while training at 100 percent. When he does finally square off with Gastelum, Whittaker has the advantage in both size and power, and likely enters as the betting favorite, provided he takes the time he needs to fully recover.
Amanda Nunes    UFC    Bantamweight
Nunes told Ariel Helwani of ESPN that she is unable to face Cris "Cyborg" Justino in September due to a foot injury, but is hopeful for the superfight to go down on Dec. 29.

Fantasy Analysis

Nunes has been called out for UFC 228 on Sep. 8, but is unable to fight at that date due to an unspecified foot injury that was suffered in her May victory over Raquel Pennington. She claims to be able to function normally for the most part, but does have some difficulty running and kicking. Instead, Nunes has proposed a December matchup, and claims to still be very interested in the fight. This is going to be the bantamweight champion's toughest test of her professional career, so it's wise for Nunes to hold off if she is anything less than 100 percent.
Anderson Silva    UFC    Middleweight
Silva has received a one-year suspension from USADA after the organization determined that his failed drug test from Oct. 2017 was due to a contaminated supplement, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Silva will be eligible to compete again on Nov. 10 -- one year after the date he was pulled from his scheduled matchup against Kelvin Gastelum in Shanghai due to the positive test. Though Silva has tested positive for PEDs in the past, Wednesday's announcement will at least clear his name for the recent incident. Despite being eligible in the fall, it's unclear what the UFC has in store for the 43-year-old veteran. He's been officially credited with just one win in the past five calendar years, and is well past his days of dominating the UFC's middleweight division. Speculation about an eventual fight with Georges St-Pierre has emerged, but nothing official has been confirmed by either the promotion or his management team.
Sean O'Malley    UFC    Bantamweight
O'Malley (foot) is hopeful to return to competition at UFC 228 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

O'Malley broke his foot in his last fight, but still held on in the third round for a victory over Andre Soukhamthath. He recently underwent surgery to correct the issue, and everything appears to be on track with his recovery. O'Malley has asked for a fight against Alejandro Perez on that card, but if the UFC grants him that wish, he would seemingly enter as the betting underdog.
Alexa Grasso    UFC    strawweight
Grasso has withdrawn from her UFC Lincoln fight against Angela Hill due to undisclosed reasons, Danny Segura or MMAfighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Grasso's withdrawal comes as a bit of a surprise. The 24-year-old last fought at UFC Fight Night 129 on May 19 against Tatiana Suarez. The root of her withdrawal is not entirely clear at the moment, but we should have a clearer indication of what caused Grasso to back out of the contest in the coming days.
Volkan Oezdemir    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Oezdemir will miss his fight against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227 on August 4 due to an undisclosed injury, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

For Oezdemir, this fight was supposed to signal a turning point to a rough past several years both inside and outside of the octagon. UFC 227 was Oezdemir's first redemption fight following the dismissal of felony battery charges against him. Unfortunately for Oezdemir, who has battled with injuries for a large part of the last two years, he'll have to forego this bout and reschedule any sort of redemption tour.
Nicco Montano    UFC    Flyweight
Montano (foot) will take on Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 in Dallas on Sept. 8 for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Montano underwent foot surgery in early December after defeating Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision at the TUF 26 Finale in Las Vegas to become the first UFC Women's Flyweight Champion. She will look to defend her crown against Shevchenko, though it's expected that she will be the heavy underdog. Shevchenko dominated Priscila Cachoeira in Brazil in February, marking her first fight at 125 pounds since spending the majority of her career at 135 (and even fighting for a title there). Though nobody can take the TUF 25 title away from her, it would be nothing short of shocking if she beat Shevchenko -- a well-respected veteran of the sport who is just hitting her athletic prime at age 30.
Zabit Magomedsharipov    UFC    Featherweight
Magomedsharipov (hand) will fight Yair Rodriguez in a featherweight matchup at UFC 228 on Sept. 8.

Fantasy Analysis

In his first fight after signing an extension with UFC, Magomedsharipov will be fighting "El Pantera" in Dallas. It will also be his first fight after injuring his hand in his UFC 223 matchup against Kyle Bochniak. Magomedsharipov is 3-0 under the UFC banner with two submission victories, and has a tremendously high ceiling at just 27 years old. He'll face another similarly-touted prospect in Rodriguez, with this fight representing a major turning point in the career of both men. Though Magomedsharipov has just a sample size of three fights, he owns statistical advantages in striking volume, takedown average and takedown defense. He'll also have an advantage of two inches in both height and reach.
Eduardo Dantas    Bellator    Bantamweight
Dantas underwent surgery Monday to repair a broken leg, which he sustained Friday in his first-round loss to Michael McDonald at Bellator 202, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

After consulting with doctors in Brazil, Dantas was advised to undergo an emergency procedure to address a fractured fibula, which had produced significant swelling in the fighter's foot. The 29-year-old is expected to resume physical therapy in three weeks and will likely be cleared to start training by early September.
Alan Jouban    UFC    Welterweight
Jouban has been ruled out for his welterweight bout against Danny Roberts at UFC Hamburg due to an injury, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The exact injury Jouban is dealing with in unknown, but Roberts will now be without an opponent just 10 days before UFC Hamburg is set to begin. Jouban boasts a 7-4 record in the UFC and recently ended what was a two-fight losing streak when he beat Ben Saunders via KO back in February.
Amanda Nunes    UFC    Bantamweight
Nunes (16-4-0) and Cris Cyborg (20-1-0) have agreed to fight, but the bantamweight and featherweight champions have yet to settle on a date for the showdown, Damon Martin of MMANYTT.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The UFC has been teasing a superfight between the two champions for a while now, and it appears negotiations still remain ongoing. If the two fighters' respective Twitter accounts are any indication, Cyborg prefers to stage the fight at UFC 228 in Dallas on Sept. 8, while Nunes has already signed a bout agreement at UFC 232 in Las Vegas on Dec. 29. It's expected that a matchup between the two will eventually come to fruition, but one of the fighters may have to make a concession before it becomes a reality. Nunes' last fight came at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro back in May, when she defeated Raquel Pennington via TKO.
Daniel Cormier    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Cormier revealed Monday on Ariel Helwani's MMA show that he broke his right index finger during his knockout win Saturday over Stipe Miocic in UFC 226, Jeff Wagenheim of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Cormier relayed that the fracture is near the knuckle, just above the bones he broke in the same hand during his previous two fights. He won't require surgery to address the injury, but he'll likely need to take the next several weeks off to rest up and heal before resuming his training in earnest. It's a worthy price for Cormier to pay for becoming a two-division champion, and the 39-year-old should have one or two more fights left in his MMA career before fulfilling his promise to his family of retiring from the sport by March 20, when he turns 40. According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Cormier has left the door open to face another opponent in the second half of 2018, but the MMA world is more anxiously awaiting a likely showdown with former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar in 2019, which would give Cormier one last lucrative payday before retirement. After officially re-entering the UFC's anti-doping program, Lesnar will be eligible to compete beginning Jan. 8 if he fulfills the requirements of the program.
Volkan Oezdemir    UFC    Light Heavyweight
The felony battery charges against Oezdemir have been dismissed, Damon Martin of MMANYTT.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Oezdemir was originally charged with third degree felony battery, but after going through trial Monday, has been cleared of everything. As a result, Oezdemir appears set to battle Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227 on Aug. 4 without interruption, marking a much bigger fight than what he originally had scheduled against Shogun Rua at UFC Hamburg on July 22 before he was pulled off that card. Oezdemir's last action in the Octagon was a knockout loss to Daniel Cormier back in January.
Daniel Cormier    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Cormier became the new UFC Heavyweight Champion on Saturday, defeating Stipe Miocic via KO (punches) at 4:33 of Round 1 at UFC 226 in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

DC becomes just the second fighter in UFC history (Conor McGregor) to hold titles in two different weight classes at the same time. Fighting at heavyweight for the first time in nearly five years, Cormier's power more than played up in the higher weight class as he easily disposed one of the most durable, talented heavyweights in recent memory. DC connected with a short, perfectly placed right hand that flattened Stipe and led to the finish. Cormier piled on with a couple more shots before referee Marc Goddard jumped in, but the damage was already done. In his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, DC called out Brock Lesnar who was sitting cageside. Lesnar got into the octagon and pushed Cormier before cutting a heel promo. Brock has some obstacles ahead of him before he gets cleared to fight in the UFC once again, but it sure as heck seems as if that's where all this is heading. DC should be a pretty substantial betting favorite if that bout does indeed get made.
Paul Felder    UFC    Lightweight
Felder lost to Mike Perry via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 226 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

As if going up against a vicious opponent in a new weight class on late notice wasn't enough, Felder fought nearly the entire bout with a broken arm which he confirmed to his corner in between rounds. The Irish Dragon did more than his fair share of damage, especially when you consider his injury, but Felder was so busted up that he was unable to match Perry shot for shot. Always big for the lightweight division, Felder's future may be at 170 pounds. The 33-year-old is next-level tough and he showed that once again on Saturday. The loss snaps a brief three-fight win streak for Felder.
Robert Whittaker    UFC    Middleweight
Whittaker (hand) will defend his middleweight title against Kelvin Gastelum after the two coach season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Whittaker recently underwent surgery to treat a hand injury suffered in his most recent title defense against Yoel Romero, but was expected to return before the end of 2018. Though the exact date and location of the event have yet to be determined, the filming of the show should give "Bobby Knuckles" plenty of time to recover. When the two do square off, Whittaker will have a distinct size advantage over Gastelum -- a former welterweight that was unable to consistently make weight and had to move up a class. The strength of both fighters lies in striking, as Whittaker should have a slight edge in power, while Gastelum has a small advantage in terms of speed. Look for Whittaker to enter as the betting favorite.
Ilir Latifi    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Latifi has withdrawn from his UFC Hamburg matchup against Glover Teixeira due to an undisclosed injury, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

It's the second time in the calendar year that Latifi has been pulled from a fight due to injury, as a fight against Ovince Saint Preux scheduled for January had to be moved to Feb. 24. Latifi ended up taking care of business against OSP for his fifth win in his last six fights. The Teixeira matchup was an exceptional opportunity to showcase his skills against the No. 3-ranked UFC light heavyweight, but it's unclear if Latifi will eventually get this chance again. The promotion is currently looking for a replacement opponent to headline the card against Teixeira.
Max Holloway    UFC    Featherweight
Holloway is dealing with symptoms of a concussion and will not be able to fight at UFC 226 against Brian Ortega, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Holloway was admitted to the ER on Monday for a concussion but medical tests returned favorable results and he was allowed to head home. However, his team noticed lingering signs of the concussion and he was again admitted to the hospital Wednesday. With plans for a replacement fight having seemingly fallen through, look for this matchup of the promotion's elite featherweights to be rescheduled for a later date. The next pay-per-view card is set to take place Aug. 4 in Los Angeles, though that may not necessarily be enough time for Holloway to fully recover. A concussion of this severity can often require 30-45 days on the shelf, and California has one of the more conservative athletic commissions when it comes to allowing a potentially-injured fighter to compete. The more likely scenario for fight fans is the matchup getting rescheduled for October or November.
Volkan Oezdemir    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Oezdemir's trial for felony battery has been pushed back to July 9 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Oezdemir has been in the news lately due to a shake-up in his upcoming fight schedule, as he was originally locked in for a matchup with Shogun Rua on July 22 in Germany, but was later moved to an Aug. 4 matchup against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227. The trial isn't expected last more than a couple of days, so there should be little concern about legal troubles affecting his fight with Gustafsson. He should be able to proceed with a normal weight cut and a relatively normal fight camp.
Volkan Oezdemir    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Oezdemir has agreed to fight Alexander Gustafsson in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Oezdemir was originally supposed to face Shogun Rua at UFC Hamburg on July 22, but he'll jump at the opportunity for a much bigger fight held on pay-per-view. It's been a tough 2018 for Oezdemir, who has dealt with legal troubles, came up short in a title opportunity against Daniel Cormier, and now had two main events rescheduled. This time it works to his benefit, as a win over a respected opponent like Gustafsson puts "No Time" right back in the title conversation. Oezdemir is a large fighter at 205 pounds, but he'll still concede three inches in height and four inches in reach to Gustafsson, who is one of the longer fighters on the roster. While Oezdemir has relied on quick knockout power in his last two victories, it will be much more challenging to close the distance against a fighter of Gustafsson's caliber. It's also unlikely Oezdemir mixes things up and tries to take it to the ground, as he has yet to record a takedown in his UFC tenure, and Gustafsson owns a remarkable 85 percent takedown defense. It's a great opportunity for Oezdemir, but look for the Swiss fighter to enter as a large betting underdog.
Al Iaquinta    UFC    Lightweight
Iaquinta said that he withdrew from his upcoming fight against Justin Gaethje in August due to an injury, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Iaquinta added that he was feeling rushed to get back into shape and his injuries just weren't going away. The 31-year-old previously informed the UFC that he would be dropping out of the fight but didn't disclose the reasoning. In his place, James Vick will be taking on Gaethje.
Charles Rosa    UFC    Featherweight
Rosa (neck) announced via his personal Instagram page that he is nearly 100 percent recovered following January neck surgery, MMAJunkie.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rosa was forced to withdraw from a UFC 220 matchup against Dan Ige due to an injury that was undisclosed at the time. It's since been revealed that the featherweight fighter has undergone a neck procedure, but he's optimistic he can get back in the cage before the conclusion of 2018. "Boston Strong" is 2-3 since entering the UFC in 2014.
Bobby Green    UFC    Lightweight
Green underwent a knee procedure in mid-June and is already on the comeback trail, MMAJunkie.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Green was originally supposed to face Clay Guida at UFC 225, but the injury forced him to withdraw from that scheduled matchup. Guida went on to call Green a "coward" following the withdrawal, and Green is eager to set the record straight. Though a matchup against Guida -- who was knocked out by Charles Oliveira at UFC 225 -- does little for Green in terms of his spot in the rankings, it would represent a much-needed tune-up. Green had been on a four-fight losing streak before defeating Erik Koch in January.
Paul Felder    UFC    Lightweight
Felder will face off against Mike Perry at UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Felder was originally scheduled for a July 14 fight against James Vick during Fight Night 133, but the bout was canceled after Vick shifted into a headline spot for UFC Fight Night 135. However, things have now worked out, as Perry needed someone to fight at UFC 226 after his original opponent, Yancy Medeiros, suffered a rib injury that forced him to withdraw.

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