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Cynthia Calvillo    UFC    strawweight
Calvillo (suspension) faces a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation after failing a USADA drug test for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannibinol (THC), MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The positive test for marijuana metabolites comes from an in-competition sample taken prior to her Dec. 30 showdown against Carla Esparza at UFC 219, which resulted in Calvillo's first career loss. It's unclear what punishment she will face at this time, if any, but there should be an update regarding her status in the near future. Calvillo is currently serving a 180-day medical suspension stemming from her loss to Esparza.
Jamie Moyle    UFC    strawweight
Moyle will be forced to withdraw from her UFC 220 matchup against Maryna Moroz due to an undisclosed injury, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Moyle defeated Kailin Curran in her UFC debut the the TUF 24 finale, but followed that up with a loss to Viviane Pereira last June at UFC 212. The 28-year-old strawweight had been scheduled for the early prelims Saturday, but the late withdrawal will cancel the fight altogether. UFC 220 will move forward with 11 scheduled bouts.
Paige VanZant    UFC    Flyweight
UFC president Dana White posted Monday on his personal Twitter account that VanZant sustained a broken right arm Sunday during her loss to Jessica Rose-Clark at UFC Fight Night in St. Louis.

Fantasy Analysis

The flyweight suffered the injury in the second round, when she landed a spinning back fist into Clark's head. Despite landing the big blow, VanZant's (7-4) injury proved costly in the third and final round, as she struggled to defend herself while effectively fighting with one arm and ultimately lost his second consecutive fight, this time in a 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 unanimous decision. It will likely take VanZant multiple months to recover from the injury, but she should be fully healthy and ready to return to the Octagon at some point later in 2018.
Paige VanZant    UFC    Flyweight
VanZant lost to Jessica Rose-Clark via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in St. Louis.

Fantasy Analysis

The move to the women's flyweight division was supposed to be a rebirth for VanZant. Unfortunately, she struggled in this fight and did not really inspire any confidence. She had some success on the feet, but she could not land consistently. VanZant also struggled to keep this fight on the feet. On the ground, Rose-Clark was the better grappler. VanZant appears to have abandoned her clinch-based attack for a range striking approach. She will need to go back to drawing board if she wants to continue competing at this level.
Zak Cummings    UFC    Welterweight
Cummings suffered a head injury that forced him to withdraw from Sunday's bout against Thiago Alves at UFC St. Louis, Damon Martin of mmanytt.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

In a freak accident, it appears as though Cummings slipped in his bathtub and hit his head on a handrail while he was attempting to cut weight for this fight. Since the 33-year-old will be unable to compete, Alves will miss out on an opportunity as the promotion doesn't have enough time to find him a replacement. It doesn't look like there should be too much concern for Cummings moving forward, but there will likely be an update on his status in the coming weeks.
Robert Whittaker    UFC    Middleweight
Whittaker was forced to withdraw from his upcoming fight against Luke Rockhold due to an undisclosed injury, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Whittaker was set to take on Rockhold for the middleweight belt at UFC 221 on Feb. 10 in his home country of Australia. Following this announcement, the promotion scheduled an interim title bout between Rockhold and Yoel Romero on the same night. Prior to this fight, Whittaker was working his way back from a 180-day medical suspension that stemmed from his victory over Romero in early July. Whittaker won that fight via unanimous decision but suffered a knee injury which caused the medical suspension to come into effect. At this point, there has been no word on whether his new injury is related to the knee, but there is sure to be an update on his status in the near future.
Belal Muhammad    UFC    Welterweight
Muhammad underwent surgery on his MCL earlier this week, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The knee injury shouldn't keep him out too long, as Muhammad is targeting a return to the Octagon in April. He is currently on a three-fight win streak, including a recent victory over Tim Means in November via split decision. There should be an update regarding his status around mid-March.
Bryan Caraway    UFC    Bantamweight
Caraway (shoulder) will face Cody Stamann in a bantamweight fight at UFC 222 on March 3, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

Fantasy Analysis

A shoulder injury has forced Caraway to withdraw from his last two scheduled fights, but he's set to return to the Octagon for the first time since May of 2016 as he takes on looks to hand Stamann his first loss in the UFC. Caraway, who is 6-2 under the UFC banner, has won two straight fights and four of his last five. The 33-year-old will have his hands full with the 28-year-old Stamann, who is coming off an upset win over Tom Duquesnoy at UFC 216 in October and is a rising talent in the 135-pound division.
Amanda Ribas    UFC    Strawweight
Ribas was suspended for two years by the USADA on Wednesday, stemming from a doping violation in June, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Ribas was flagged by the USADA this past summer following an out-of-competition sample collected on June 7, which caused her to be removed from her fight against Juliana Lima at TUF 25 Finale. She was initially placed on temporary suspension while the case was worked out, but now it has become clear that Ribas will be sidelined for the foreseeable future, as the suspension will run through June of 2019. Ribas has yet to make her debut in the UFC.
Demetrious Johnson    UFC    Flyweight
Johnson is set to undergo shoulder surgery Wednesday, MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Johnson set a UFC record with his eleventh consecutive title defense by besting Ray Borg via submission (armbar) during his most recent bout in early October. But after undergoing this procedure on his shoulder, "Mighty Mouse" will have to take some time off to rehab and recover. At this point there is no set timetable for his return, but expect an update on his status following the surgery. His suspected title defense against 135-pound champion T.J. Dillashaw will likely be put on hold for the time being.
Tonya Evinger    UFC    Featherweight
Evinger is dealing with an undisclosed injury and will pull out of her fight against Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 126 in February, MMAweekly.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Evinger's exact injury is still unclear, though she posted on her personal Twitter account that she's never had an injury this bad. For that reason, it's safe to assume that Evinger is looking at an extended absence despite the fact that she remains without a concrete timetable for a return. A replacement for Evinger has yet to be released, but with the fight scheduled for just over a month from now, an announcement will likely be made shortly.
Frankie Edgar    UFC    Featherweight
Edgar will fight Max Holloway for the UFC Featherweight Title in the main event of UFC 222 on March 3.

Fantasy Analysis

Edgar's recovery from the facial injury he suffered during practice for UFC 218 is on schedule, and his showdown with Max Holloway -- which was first planned back in November -- is now back on the books. The 36-year-old has fought for the UFC Featherweight Title twice before but lost both matches, each to Jose Aldo, who Holloway previously defeated in his first title defense in December. If Edgar is able to secure the victory in Vegas, he'll have obtained a title belt in two different weight classes -- a feat only five fighters have done before. However, since Holloway has won his last 12 bouts in UFC, Edgar will certainly have his work cut out for him as a betting underdog if he wants to make history.
Jessica Penne    UFC    strawweight
Penne was hit with an 18-month suspension from the USADA following her positive test for a banned substance, Damon Martin of MMA Weekly reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The out-of-competition sample was collected in March ahead of Penne's bout against Danielle Taylor in Nashville in April. Because of the fact that Penne was notified for a potential doping violation in May, and hasn't fought since, this suspension will be levied retroactive to that fight, meaning that she will be eligible to return to the Octagon on Oct. 23 of 2018. In Penne's case, she was using a supplement that was recommended to her by a physician, but was denied a Therapeutic Use Exemption, although she did win back six months from the possible two-year sanction that was initially in play.
Charles Rosa    UFC    Featherweight
Rosa will no longer fight Dan Ige at UFC 220 on Jan. 20 after recently suffering an undisclosed injury, Danny Segura of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The specifics of Rosa's injury have not been revealed, but it's apparently serious enough to keep the Massachusetts-native from entering the Octagon later this month in his home state. Julio Arce will take Rosa's place at the event and square off against Dan Ige, who will be making his promotional debut.
Nick Diaz    UFC    Middleweight
UFC VP of Athlete Health & Performance Jeff Novitzky stated Thursday that he is hoping to resolve the Diaz case "pretty quick," Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Diaz is currently suspended for failing to disclose his whereabouts to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which can happen if a fighter doesn't fill out a quarterly whereabouts update, or is not at the place they said they'd be if an agent appears for a drug test. Novitzky doesn't believe that Diaz was trying to avoid a test, but rather suggests that the welterweight's lifestyle in general has lead to these slip-ups. The two sides are hoping for a resolution in the near future, but there have been doubts cast that Diaz is even interested in fighting again in his career. The last time he competed was a January 2015, when he lost to Anderson Silva via unanimous decision.
Robbie Lawler    UFC    Welterweight
Lawler sustained a torn ACL and meniscus during his fight against Rafael dos Anjos in mid-December, Damon Martin of MMA Weekly reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Lawler apparently suffered the knee injuries in the third round of his five-round bout against dos Anjos, according to UFC president Dana White. He finished the fight, losing via unanimous decision at the UFC on FOX 26 event in Winnipeg. Looking ahead, the timetable for this sort of injury is typically around one year, although it wouldn't be out of the question for Lawler to return sometime in late 2018. As for his career, the 35-year-old can certainly recover from such an injury, similar to Georges St. Pierre and Conor McGregor, but his next move with certainly be a hot topic in the upcoming future. At this point there has been no word on when he will undergo surgery to repair the injuries.
Jake Collier    UFC    Middleweight
Collier will not fight against Marcin Prachnio on Feb. 24 at UFC Orlando due to an undisclosed injury, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Collier was forced to withdraw from the scheduled bout due to "an injury that might require surgery." The UFC will search to find a new opponent to take his place in Orlando. Recently, Collier bested Marcel Fortuna via unanimous decision in Norfolk, Virginia, in November. There will likely be an update on Collier's status if he winds up undergoing surgery within the next few weeks.
Omari Akhmedov    UFC    Welterweight
Akhmedov was hit with an 180-day medical suspension following his fight with Marvin Vettori on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Akhmedov fought Vettori to a majority draw at UFC 219 in Las Vegas, which has to be considered a fortunate result for "Lakec" after he clearly ran out of gas in the second half of the bout. He will be required to seek clearance on a left hand injury that he sustained during the fight. If he's unable to gain clearance, he will be sidelined from all active competition until June 30.
Cynthia Calvillo    UFC    strawweight
Calvillo was handed an 180-day medical suspension following her loss to Carla Esparza at UFC 219 on Dec. 30, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Calvillo suffered her first career defeat last weekend in Las Vegas, falling via unanimous decision to Esparza. The Nevada Athletic Commission released the medical suspension report Wednesday, citing Calvillo's potentially injured left hand, which she will be forced to seek clearance on before returning to the arena. If the injury is not cleared, she will be sidelined until the end of June.
Cynthia Calvillo    UFC    strawweight
Calvillo lost to Carla Esparza via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 219 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Calvillo looked like she was on here way to an easy victory after dominating Round 1 before Esparza managed to turn the tables on her. Calvillo had a particularly difficult time when the two women spent an extended period of time on the feet. Calvillo has limited professional experience and it showed on Saturday. She simply didn't do enough offensively in Rounds 2 and 3 to earn the judge's decision. Although undefeated prior to Saturday's setback, Calvillo never gave off the impression that she was a potential title contender. She's an above average strawweight, but little more.
Omari Akhmedov    UFC    Welterweight
Akhmedov and Marvin Vettori fought to a majority draw (28-28, 28-29, 28-28) at UFC 219 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

It was an entertaining fight in which both men were lucky to see the final bell. Clearly loading up on every single shot that he threw, Akhmedov's gas tank quickly evaporated and he found himself struggling immensely in the second half of the fight. He continued to land his fair share of damage but it was obvious Akhmedov wasn't half as effective as he was early on. In fact, he is probably fortunate that he ended up with a draw. The 30-year-old Russian is now riding a 3-fight unbeaten streak which came on the heels of a brief 2-fight losing streak.
James Thompson    Bellator    Heavyweight
Thompson was suspended for one year following a failed drug test, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Thompson tested positive for the steroid drostanolone, which stems from an in-competition sample collected prior to the Bellator 191 in England on Dec. 15. "The Colossus" was officially suspended by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation on Friday. At the fight night in England, Thompson was defeated by Phil de Fries via submission (guillotine choke) in the first round.
Tonya Evinger    UFC    Featherweight
Evinger will fight Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin, Texas on Feb. 18, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Evinger will look to get back on track after dropping her first fight under the UFC banner back in July -- a third-round TKO loss to Cris Cyborg at UFC 214 for the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship in which Evinger was a late addition to the card. The 36-year-old, who owns an overall record of 19-6 in professional fights (0-1 UFC), will face an opponent in Reneau who is 8-3-1 in her professional career and is looking to add to her three-match unbeaten streak, which includes two TKO wins and a draw.
John Lineker    UFC    Bantamweight
Lineker is dealing with a tooth infection and will no longer face Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Lineker was already a replacement option to face Rivera, as Dominick Cruz (arm) was the original opponent. With less than a week until UFC 219, there might not be enough time to find yet another replacement on such short notice.
Daniel Straus    Bellator    Featherweight
Straus was injured in a motorcycle accident last weekend, and although there has been no word on the severity of his condition, he is awake, able to speak and has full mobility of his limbs, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The accident occurred Sunday morning, and Straus is currently recovering at a hospital in Florida. It appears as though the two-time Bellator featherweight champion does not have recollection of the incident at this time. There will likely be an update on his status within the next few weeks as he continues to work his way back from the injuries.

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