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Fantasy AnalysisIt's unclear if Gonzalez had his contract expire or was simply given his release papers, but he's one of the most prominent of 13 fighters to be removed from the roster this week. Gonzalez, 34, sports a 7-2 record under the Bellator banner, with his only losses coming to very respectable opponents in Michael Page, and most recently, Lorenz Larkin. He even has a win against top UFC prospect Curtis Millender back in 2015. Gonzalez and the remainder of the jobless fighters will look to catch on with other promotions, with one of the most attractive options being PFL's upcoming tournaments that award a $1 million prize to the winner. Other fighters left without a roster spot after the announcement include Alexis Dufresne, Ben Reiter, Francis Carmont, Francisco France, Georgi Karakhanyan, Kendall Grove, Kevin Casey, L.C. Davis, Mike Rhode, Philipe Lins, Steve Garcia and Steve Kozola.
Fantasy AnalysisThe fight started with good exchanges where both fighters landed. Piechota was able to land an overhand right that dropped Williams. "Imadlo" capitalized on the opportunity with follow-up punches and the ref stepped in to award the Polish middleweight the TKO victory.
Fantasy AnalysisOver the course of his Bellator career, Gonzalez has proven that he is a game competitor. He has made some high profile opponents look terrible against him. However, he is rarely able to pull out the win in these fights against top competition. This was another example. His defensive style gave Larkin a lot of trouble. With that being said, Gonzalez simply did not have enough offense to win this fight. He will continue to fight Bellator, but, at this point, it looks like he will not get over the hump against higher level fighters. Gonzalez also missed weight for the third-straight fight even though Bellator made the bout at a 180-pound catchweight.
Fantasy AnalysisGrove tried to use his reach advantage in this fight. His plan was to land straights and kicks on the outside. However, Matthews had an edge in terms of technical striking. He was able to avoid and slip punches and come forward with counters. Grove spent a lot of this fight walking backwards, which limited him offensively. It was not a blowout, but Grove struggled in the striking battle. With the decision loss, he has now lost three fights in a row. His professional record falls to 23-18.
Fantasy AnalysisKozola began his Bellator run with three-straight wins. However, he has now lost back-to-back fights. He came out aggressively in this fight. He wanted to close the distance and score with punches. Smith had other plans. He stepped in with a right that stunned Kozola. Smith sensed the opening and finished the fight. Kozola falls to 8-2 overall and 3-2 in Bellator.
Fantasy AnalysisThis is a tough loss for Karakhanyan. He has always been a fighter who struggled against the highest level fighters, but against fighters like Corrales he would have the upper hand. However, he was a step behind his opponent in this fight and deserved the drop the decision. Since re-signing with Bellator in 2015, Karakhanyan has gone 4-4. This fight was reportedly the last fight on his Bellator contract, and he is now a free agent per MMAFighting.
Fantasy AnalysisMenga 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.
Fantasy AnalysisSerrano 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.
Fantasy AnalysisMenga 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.
Fantasy AnalysisMenga 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.
Fantasy AnalysisMenga 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.
Fantasy AnalysisMagana 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.
Fantasy AnalysisGonzalez (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.
Fantasy AnalysisKaufman 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.
Fantasy AnalysisMagana'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.