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Tyron Woodley    UFC    Welterweight
Woodley told Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com on Wednesday that his shoulder is healed and he's hopeful to fight at UFC 227 on August 4 in Los Angeles.

Fantasy Analysis

Woodley hasn't seen the Octagon since a July 2017 victory over Demian Maia in which he suffered the injury and greatly saw his aggression curbed as a result. With the health issue supposedly in the past, expect Woodley to throw a much higher striking volume his next time out. Since he's unlikely to face an opponent with a ground game as dangerous as Maia, look for the champion to re-employ his wrestling as well. Nothing is confirmed at this time for the Aug. 4 event, but assuming he can pick up a victory, the winner of a June 9 matchup between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington is undoubtedly in his immediate future.
Luke Rockhold    UFC    Middleweight
Rockhold re-injured his left leg while training last week and is now expected to sit out until at least October, Ariel Helwani of MMAfighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rockhold was given a 180-day medical suspension following his loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 221 in February, but the recent leg injury is the more concerning ailment considering it's set to keep him out at least the next four or five months. The exact specifics of it are unclear, though Helwani's report does show a graphic video of Rockhold's left shin being stitched up. The UFC was hoping to pair up Rockhold and Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, but it appears that fight will be put on hold for now. Look for additional updates to be released on Rockhold as he progresses through his recovery this summer.
Jeremy Petley    Bellator    Featherweight
Petley withdrew from his scheduled bout Friday against Saul Rogers at Bellator 200 in London due to an undisclosed injury, Nolan King of MMA-Today.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The promotion is looking to secure a short-notice replacement for Petley, who has gone 2-0 in Bellator bouts since competing in The Ultimate Fighter 22 in 2015. More details on the nature of the Canadian fighter's injury should emerge in the weeks to come, but it's currently unclear when he'll be fit to reenter the cage.
Mirko Cro Cop    Bellator    Heavyweight
Cro Cop has withdrawn from his headline fight with Roy Nelson for Friday's Bellator 200 in London due to an undisclosed leg injury, Gareth A. Davies of The Telegraph reports.

Fantasy Analysis

With the Croatian fighter's Bellator debut now delayed by the injury, it's expected that the middleweight title fight between Rafael Carvalho and Gegard Mousasi will now replace Cro Cop-Nelson as the main event. Meanwhile, the promotion is still searching for a replacement fighter to match up against Nelson for the card. The severity of Cro Cop's injury still isn't known, so it remains difficult to forecast when he'll be ready to return to the cage.
Chan Sung Jung    UFC    Featherweight
Jung, who suffered a torn ACL and MCL last June, is close to receiving medical clearance to return, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Jung returned from a multi-year hiatus to KO Dennis Bermudez in early-2017, and the UFC rewarded him with a booking against a well-respected veteran in Ricardo Lamas. That fight never came to fruition, as Jung was forced to withdraw due to a serious knee injury. Almost a year later, Jung is awaiting medical clearance in one of the first meaningful reports to surface about his condition in quite some time. There have been rumors circulating of an event in South Korea this fall, but that may be just a little bit early for Jung's timetable. Nonetheless, it's encouraging to see that "The Korean Zombie" has a good chance of returning before the conclusion of 2018.
Santiago Ponzinibbio    UFC    Welterweight
Ponzinibbio will undergo hand surgery May 9 and is expected to resume training two months after that, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ponzinibbio was scheduled to headline the May 19 card in Chile against Kamaru Usman, but was ultimately forced to withdraw due to a hand injury suffered in training. A victory over Mike Perry in his last fight boosted Ponzinibbio's winning streak to six, but the updated timetable suggests he'll have to wait until late-summer/early-fall to build on that.
Nicco Montano    UFC    Flyweight
Montano (foot) remains without a title defense scheduled, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Montano became the inaugural 125-pound champion with her victory over Roxanne Modafferi at the TUF 26 Finale in December, but underwent surgery to repair a broken foot shortly afterwards. Fast forward nearly six months, and the flyweight champion remains without a fight booked. According to Helwani, the UFC had been targeting a matchup against Valentina Shevchenko on a July 28 card in Calgary, but they have since moved on to other options. Should a fight with a well-established veteran in Shevchenko ever materialize, look for Montano to enter as a massive betting underdog. Shevchenko is a former bantamweight title contender that has beaten every opponent the UFC has lined up for her, with the lone exception of current champion Amanda Nunes (twice).
Bethe Correia    UFC    Bantamweight
Correia (eye) is targeting a July return following a year on the shelf, BloodyElbow.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Correia last competed at UFC Fight Night 111, where she suffered a KO defeat at the hands of former bantamweight champion Holly Holm. She'll look to get back on track in July, after going 1-3-1 in her last five UFC fights. Even with the tough stretch, she remains the No. 10 women's 135-pounder on the current UFC rankings.
Gunnar Nelson    UFC    Welterweight
Nelson will undergo knee surgery and is expected to miss 8-10 weeks, the welterweight fighter stated via his personal Twitter account.

Fantasy Analysis

It was reported Saturday that Nelson would have to withdraw from his scheduled UFC Liverpool matchup against Neil Magny, but there had yet to be an official determination on whether surgery would be required. Though the specific injury was not disclosed, it appears Nelson is looking at a minimum of two months on the shelf. Meanwhile, the UFC remains in search of a replacement for the 29-year-old, who is 7-3 under the UFC banner.
Gunnar Nelson    UFC    Welterweight
Nelson has suffered a knee injury and will no longer face Neil Magny at UFC Liverpool on May 27, Damon Martin of MMANYTT reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Nelson and Magny had originally been scheduled for the co-main event, and the UFC still has a few weeks left to try and find a replacement opponent for Magny. Nelson, meanwhile, will require further testing on his knee injury, which may end up resulting in surgery.
Leonardo Santos    UFC    Lightweight
Santos has suffered an undisclosed injury and will not face off against Nik Lentz at UFC Utica on June 1, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

More information on his injury may arrive within the coming days. Santos hasn't fought since Oct. of 2016, when he defeated Adriano Martins by decision.
Santiago Ponzinibbio    UFC    Welterweight
Ponzinibbio will undergo surgery on his injured left hand, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ponzinibbio was slated to headline UFC Chile against Kamaru Usman, but had to withdraw due to a hand injury that occurred during sparring. He attempted to train through it to fight, but ultimately made it worse, prompting a doctor to recommend surgery.
Zabit Magomedsharipov    UFC    Featherweight
Magomedsharipov (hand) signed a new, multi-fight extension with the UFC, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Magomedsharipov earned Fight of the Night honors his last time in the Octagon at UFC 223, but suffered a strained ligament in his hand in the process. It's not expected to be a long-term injury concern, which should put the Dagestani fighter back in competition within a few months. The 27-year-old has an incredibly bright future in the UFC, and is unbeaten in three bouts with the promotion. Talks of a matchup against fellow prospect Yair Rodriguez have surfaced, though his camp likely needs the injury concerns alleviated before accepting his next fight.
Santiago Ponzinibbio    UFC    Welterweight
Ponzinibbio will not compete in the May 19 Chile main event due to a hand injury, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

This comes as very disappointing news, as Ponzinibbio currently has a record of 26 wins and three losses. This would have been a very exciting match for the Chile main event, and a replacement has yet to be finalized.
Santiago Ponzinibbio    UFC    Welterweight
Ponzinibbio will not compete in the May 19 Chile main event vs. Kamaru Usman, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ponzinibbio's reason for pulling out of the match is currently unknown, and there has been no replacement finalized quite yet to take on Usman in his place. More on this will be posted when the information is released.
Magomed Bibulatov    UFC    Flyweight
Bibulatov is dealing with a back injury and has been removed from the UFC Atlantic City card where he was supposed to face Ulka Sasaki, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The back injury has apparently been a lingering issue for Bibulatov and especially flared up Thursday night. It's still unclear if Sasaki will be provided a last minute replacement opponent.
Alexander Gustafsson    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Gustafsson (shoulder) signed a contract extension with the UFC on Thursday, according to his official Twitter account.

Fantasy Analysis

Gustafsson has been out since November of 2017 after having to undergo shoulder surgery, and while there were rumors circulating about the fighter retiring, the signing of a new contract puts that all to rest. The question now is what is next for Gustafsson, as even if he is fully recovered from the shoulder injury, his weight division is fairly shallow at the moment, which could lead to some difficulty in finding his next opponent.
Leonardo Santos    UFC    Lightweight
Santos will fight Nick Lentz at UFC Utica on June 1, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Santos, who was originally slated to fight Olivier Aubin-Mercier at UFC 212 in June of 2017, will now shift his focus to Nick Lentz for his first fight since October of 2016. The 38-year-old owns a career record of 16-3, but will have to shake off the rust following a two-year layoff to take on Lentz, who has won three of his last four fights. With both fighters relying on submissions for the bulk of their victories, expect this bout to spend plenty of time on the mat.
Zabit Magomedsharipov    UFC    Featherweight
Magomedsharipov won't require surgery on his injured right hand, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Magomedsharipov, who fought through this hand injury during his UFC 223 victory over Kyle Bochniak, was originally diagnosed with a broken hand. However, after further testing, it appears he's actually dealing with a strained ligament. While the Dagestani fighter is still set to miss some time while in recovery, Magomedsharipov should be back in action sooner than he would've if his hand had actually been fractured.
Zabit Magomedsharipov    UFC    Featherweight
Magomedsharipov suffered a broken right hand prior to his UFC 223 matchup against Kyle Bochniak, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Magomedsharipov went on to earn the decision victory in a matchup that was awarded Fight of the Night honors, but the fact he entered the matchup with a broken hand makes the victory all the more impressive. Despite an injury that likely lead to significant discomfort, Magomedsharipov registered five takedowns, passed guard once and even won the striking battle 97 to 43. The Dagestani fighter might be on the shelf a little longer than usual prior to his next fight, which will likely be against his first ranked opponent.
Ben Rothwell    UFC    Heavyweight
Rothwell has accepted a two-year ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping agency, stemming from a positive test that occured on Feb. 6, 2017, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rothwell spent more than a year trying to appeal the decision based largely on his attempt to get a therapeutic use exemption for the testosterone he tested positive for. The heavyweight fighter will ultimately just play the cards he's dealt, and will be eligible for a return to the Octagon in February of 2019, at which point he'll be 37 years old. Rothwell lost his most recent fight to Junior dos Santos, but had been on a four-fight winning streak leading up to that, with victories over respected fighters such as Alistair Overeem and Matt Mitrione. The Wisconsin native could still make an impact in the heavyweight rankings upon his return, as the division remains relatively shallow.
Zabit Magomedsharipov    UFC    Featherweight
Magomedsharipov defeated Kyle Bochniak via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 223 on Saturday in New York City.

Fantasy Analysis

In the first two rounds, Magomedsharipov showed the kind of striking talent that has many MMA fans excited. In the final round, he showed that he can hold onto a victory with his wrestling and survival skills. He landed spinning and flying kicks and punches seemingly at will. His able to avoid strikes and land exotic strikes is very impressive. He should move up quickly in the featherweight division. Bochniak was more than game, but Magomedsharipov was ready for each and every challenge. He improves to 3-0 in the UFC.
Artem Lobov    UFC    Featherweight
UFC President Dana White confirmed Thursday afternoon to Brett Okamoto of ESPN that Lobov has been pulled from his upcoming fight against Alex Caceres at UFC 223 due to his involvement in the post-media day incident.

Fantasy Analysis

Lobov had been sitting at a (+135) betting underdog in advance of Saturday's matchup on the Fight Pass prelims, but it appears this fight is going to be scrapped. Lobov was involved in a confrontation with headliner Khabib Nurmagomedov earlier this week, but neither would confirm the details of what went down, and it was thought to be a thing of the past. Then, in a chaotic scene Thursday, Lobov's teammate Conor McGregor rushed the Barclay's Center with his entourage in search of Khabib, and bad intentions were clear. McGregor will likely face some time of punishment depending on the findings of the NYPD, but for now, it's his teammate that will suffer. Lobov surely had some responsibility in the alleged incident, the degree of which is unclear at this time.
Zabit Magomedsharipov    UFC    Featherweight
Magomedsharipov will face Kyle Bochniak in a featherweight matchup during the Fight Pass early prelims of UFC 223 on Saturday in Brooklyn.

Fantasy Analysis

Like headliner Khabib Nurmagomedov, Magomedsharipov is primarily a wrestler. In his second UFC fight, he registered 11 takedowns against Sheymon Moraes before submitting him in the third round -- his second victory with the promotion. The inexperience factor carries a slight degree of risk, but if you trust the oddsmakers, the Dagestani fighter is about as close as it gets to a lock (with the exception of Cyborg or prime Ronda Rousey), registering anywhere from a (-700) to (-900) betting favorite in most sportsbooks.
Chris Weidman    UFC    Middleweight
Weidman will undergo a second thumb surgery Monday, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Weidman initially suffered the injury in a matchup against Kelvin Gastelum last July, and despite months of rehab, the issue has not been fully addressed. The original injury was a dislocation, torn ligament and fracture of the left thumb, and upon further testing, doctors found that the cartilage has worn away and the joint has became arthritic. Now, Weidman will undergo another procedure to remove bone from his hip and insert it into his thumb. The projected recovery timetable for this procedure is approximately two months, and if all goes well, Weidman will look to return to action this fall. Despite a three-fight losing streak prior to the July victory over Gastelum, Weidman is still just 33 years old and could reasonably have a few more successful years left in him. Being able to grip with his left hand without feeling a sharp pain will be a good first step.

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