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Pietro Menga    Other    Flyweight
Menga will take on Raymison Bruno Souza de Oliveira on Feb. 24 in Manchester, England, under the Celtic Gladiators promotion banner, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Menga was recently released by the UFC in late December after failing to cut the appropriate amount of weight for his scheduled fight against Tim Elliott, and now it appears as though "Pitbull" is attempting to work his way back into the promotion by proving himself elsewhere. It was a tough break for Menga, who was never able to compete in the Octagon after signing earlier in the year, and was particularly surprising considering he was added to the bout against Elliott on short notice with only two weeks to prepare. Looking ahead, he will bring his perfect 13-0 record up against "Formiga" who holds a 10-1 mark during his professional career.
Amanda Serrano    Other    Bantamweight
Serrano agreed to a multi-year contract with Combate Americas and is expected to make her MMA debut in March, Danny Segura of MMAFighting.com/a> reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Serrano is one of most accomplished female boxers of all time, sporting a career record of 34-1-1, including five world titles in five different weight divisions. The 29-year-old currently holds the WBO bantamweight belt and is set to take on a new challenge in the world of mixed martial arts. Although Serrano will likely make her debut with the promotion in the coming months, she will also continue boxing as well.
Pietro Menga    Other    Flyweight
Menga was released by the UFC on Friday, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Menga recently failed to make weight for his fight against Tim Elliott at UFC on FOX 26 just two weekends ago, although he was stepping in on short notice for the injured Justin Scoggins (spine). It appeared as though the 29-year-old was also battling kidney problems due to the sheer amount of weight he had to cut, and the "Pitbull" will now look to continue his fighting career in a different promotion. During his professional career, Menga holds a perfect 13-0 record, but was never able to set foot in the Octagon within his brief time as a member of the UFC.
Livia Renata Souza    Other    strawweight
Souza will take on Jessica Aguilar at UFC Austin on Feb. 18, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Souza comes in with an 11-1 career record as a professional, including a 4-1 mark in Invicta FC. She was a 115-pound champ in the promotion, and is set to make her UFC debut against Aguilar. "Jag" enters with an 0-2 record inside the Octagon, with a recent defeat coming at the hands of Cortney Casey in May. Overall, Aguilar holds a 19-6 career record.
Israel Adesanya    Other    Middleweight
Adesanya will fight Rob Wilkinson in a middleweight bout at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia on Feb. 10, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Adesanya is set to make his UFC debut after going undefeated in his first 11 mixed marital arts matches. In his first appearance in the Octagon, he'll face an opponent in Wilkinson who is 11-1 in professional fights but coming off a loss in his UFC debut -- a second-round TKO to Siyar Bahadurzada in September.
Pietro Menga    Other    Flyweight
Menga will not take on Tim Elliott at UFC on Fox 26 on Dec. 16 in Winnipeg after failing to weigh in prior to the fight, Mike Bohn of USA Today Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Menga was set to fill in for Justin Scoggins (spine), but now this flyweight contest will fall by the wayside, and his UFC debut will have to wait a while longer. It appears as though Menga dealt with kidney issues after attempting to cut 29 pounds within the past two weeks, which might not be that much of a surprise considering how he didn't have a great deal of time to prepare for this fight.
Pietro Menga    Other    Flyweight
Menga will face Tim Elliott in a flyweight contest at UFC on Fox 26 on Dec. 16 in Winnipeg, Peter Carroll of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Menga will be stepping in on short notice for Justin Scoggins (spine) against Elliott. The newcomer has a 13-0 career record with eight submission wins. Menga believes his striking will be what could take down his opponent in this matchup but he'll be facing a more experience and higher caliber fighter than he's used to.
Priscila Cachoeira    Other    Bantamweight
Cachoeira will face Valentina Shevchenko in a flyweight fight at UFC Fight Night 127 on Feb. 3 in Belem, Brazil, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Cachoeira will make her promotional debut against a tough opponent in Shevchenko. After competing in TUF 26 and not being able to compete against Lauren Murphy in the Finale due to visa issue, "Pedrita" will finally enter the Octagon under the UFC banner. The Brazil native boasts an undefeated 8-0 record with four KO/TKOs.
Angela Magana    Other    strawweight
Magana was released from the UFC on Thursday, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Magana shared the disappointing news on her personal Twitter account Thursday. The strawweight fighter had been in the UFC since 2014 but was released after dropping her last five fights, including a loss to Amanda Cooper on Dec. 2 at UFC 218 in Detroit.
Pearl Gonzalez    Other    Strawweight
Gonzalez signed a deal on Thursday with the all-women promotion Invicta FC, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Gonzalez (6-3 overall) has had two fights with the UFC and lost both. She joined the promotion in April, taking a late-notice bout against Cynthia Cavillo that ended in an third-round submission loss. The 31-year-old has switched promotions and joined the all-female fighters of Invicta FC alongside 14 other signees. Her debut under their banner has not yet been announced.
Sarah Kaufman    Other    Bantamweight
Kaufman agreed to a deal with Invicta FC on Wednesday, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Kaufman and the UFC failed to come to terms with a new deal following her unanimous decision victory over Jessy Rose-Clark in March in Battlefield FC: Korea. Before that bout, the veteran bantamweight lost her previous two matches, in what ended up being her last in the UFC. She is scheduled to take on an unnamed opponent at Invicta FC 27 on Jan. 13 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Angela Magana    Other    strawweight
Magana lost to Amanda Cooper via TKO (punches) at 4:34 of Round 2 at UFC 218 on Saturday in Detroit.

Fantasy Analysis

Magana's first fight in two and a half years ended with the exact same result as her previous four: a loss. Magana is tough and battles to the end but she is a below average athlete and one of the worst fighters on the UFC roster. She hasn't won a fight in more than six years and it's very likely Magana is released in the very near future.
DeAnna Bennett    Other    Flyweight
Bennett drew with Melinda Fabian via majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28) at the TUF 26 Finale on Friday in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

This really was a poor performance from Bennett. She could not get anything going on the feet, and Fabian nearly finished her at the end of the first round. Bennett spent most of the fight pushing her opponent into the cage and failing on takedowns. Her case for a decision got a boost for a questionable point deduction against Fabian for grabbing the cage. Bennett had no business winning the fight. Even a draw seems like a gift.
Wang Guan    Other    Featherweight
Guan defeated Alex Caceres via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight NIght: Shanghai on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Guan started the fight out by rocking Caceres with a right hand. From there, Guan took some time to adjust to Caceres' awkward movements, but eventually dropped him with a huge left hand. "The Dongbei Tiger" jumped on Caceres to finish the fight, but "Bruce Leeroy" was saved by the bell. He was visibly wobbled heading back to his corner. In the second round, Guan was able to stun Caceres multiple times, but did not knock him down. Caceres was able to mount a little more offense, but he never hurt the Chinese featherweight. In the third round, Guan opened up a cut near his opponent's right eye, and then was able to knock Caceres down with a right hand. Over the rest of the round, Caceres got the better of the exchanges with Guan. "The Dongbei Tiger" did a good job of surviving as Caceres needed a finish in order to get the victory.
Wang Guan    Other    Featherweight
Guan will face Alex Caceres in a featherweight matchup at UFC Fight Night 122 on November 25 in Shanghai, UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Guan signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC earlier this year and will be debuting in his native nation. The Chinese MMA standout will enter the Octagon riding a four-fight winning streak. He boasts a 16-1-1 record with 10 KO/TKOs.