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Fantasy AnalysisHarrison announced that she would be transitioning to MMA last summer, and has since been training with American Top Team in Florida -- a well-known camp with many fighters on the UFC roster. A two-time Olympic judo gold medalist, the 27-year-old Harrison will look to transfer those skills to the cage. She'll make her debut at 155 pounds, which according to her team is closer to her walking around weight. Long-term, Harrison intends to cut down to the featherweight division (145 pounds).
Fantasy AnalysisPalhares, fresh off a draw with Shamil Amirov, will look to get back in the win column against Khizriev. Prior to the draw, Palhares had been in the midst of a small slump, dropping do of his previous three bouts. However, the 38-year-old's 19-8 record speaks for itself.
Fantasy AnalysisFollowing his release, Brooks promptly signed with the Professional Fighters League and will compete in their $1 million 155-pound tournament. The former Bellator lightweight champion has dropped each of his last three fights, and after going 1-3 under the UFC banner, his professional record stands at 18-4.
Fantasy AnalysisDawoku will make his UFC debut against Henry, who is coming into this bout with a four-fight win streak to his name. Recently, Henry bested Daniel Teymur by unanimous decision in July and sports a career record of 11-2. On the other hand, Dawoku holds a 7-0 record which includes one draw, and defeated Steven Siler via unanimous decision during his latest fight in March of 2017.
Fantasy AnalysisWill Brooks started out strong in this fight. He took Lentz down early in the first round, but "The Carny" immediately began to work for a guillotine choke. Brooks was able to spin out, and seemed to have the advantage standing for the remainder of the round. In the second round, Brooks used an effective lead uppercut and a jab. Over the course of the round he was able to hurt Lentz's eye, and seemed to be finding his stride in the fight. However, he once again took Lentz down. Lentz once again snatched up a guillotine, secured guard, and Brooks ultimately tapped to the submission.
Fantasy AnalysisAlencar was looking for his second consecutive upset after knocking off UFC veteran Jared Rosholt in his stateside debut last year. However, Ivanov proved to be up for the challenge. Alencar appeared like he was going to put a scare in the former champion in the opening frame. Instead, Ivanov turned it up and landed the better shots in Round 2 and 3. Alencar clearly faded down the stretch, but he is a talented fighter in a notoriously shallow division. On the other hand, the Brazilian is already 38 years old even though he made his MMA debut only six years ago.
Fantasy AnalysisIn order to pull the upset in this fight, Siler needed to stop Palmer's takedowns and make an impact on the feet. This turned out to be a tough task for Siler. Palmer scored with takedowns almost at will. Siler was able to defend well on the ground, but he struggled to get back to his feet and strike. His best moments came via the rubber guard. While Palmer defended well, Siler was able to threaten with gogoplatas and omoplatas from his back. Unfortunately it was not enough to sway the fight in his favor. Siler is now three years removed from his last fight in the UFC, and he will likely struggle to earn another shot.
Fantasy AnalysisPalmer looked solid in his first fight since losing the WSOF featherweight title against Andre Harrison last March. The former All-American wrestler spent most of the fight working from the top position. He landed some solid shots from the top and defended a variety of submission attempts from Siler. Palmer's best chance to finish the fight came in the opening frame, when he dropped Siler with a left hook. Referee Mario Yamasaki seemed interested in stopping the fight, but Siler alertly yelled that he was okay and remained in the fight. At this level Palmer should be able to rack up victories on the basis of his wrestling alone. With the win, he improved his professional record to 12-3.
Fantasy AnalysisGallemore came into this fight as a slight favorite over the veteran Kyle. However, he failed to even get going in the fight. Kyle landed an uppercut inside the first minute, and it was the beginning of the end for Gallemore. Kyle continued to pour it on with knees against the cage until the referee called for a stop. Gallemore had won three straight fights since dropping a fight in Bellator in 2015. This loss is certainly a step back, but there are fights he can win at this level. He falls to 7-4 as a professional.
Fantasy AnalysisThis fight was over quick. Kyle clearly came into this matchup looking to land the uppercut. Early in the fight, Gallemore changed levels and Kyle was ready to catch him with an uppercut. It was immediately obvious that the punch had an impact on Gallemore. Kyle sensed that the finish was near, and he unleashed a series of knees along the cage. At the 61 second mark, referee Mario Yamasaki had seen enough and stopped the fight. Despite the victory, it is hard to see where Kyle goes from here. The 37-year-old is still only 2-3 in his last five fights, and his history of rule violations might keep him out of bigger promotions.
Fantasy AnalysisPrior to last year, Silva had spent almost his entire career in his native Brazil. In his U.S. debut, he challenged Marlon Moraes for the WSOF bantamweight title and lost via injury stoppage. This was his first fight back following the injury. He was able to land some strikes on Valiev, but unfortunately for him, he had zero answers for the Russian's wrestling game. In the third round, Silva got desperate and tried to stand. Valiev used that opportunity to lock in the fight-ending submission. Silva falls to 25-6 as a professional.
Fantasy AnalysisIn the opening bout of the night, Valiev picked up a third-round submission victory via rear-naked choke. Silva had some moments on the feet, but Valiev spent most of the fight on top and working to pass. In the last round, Silva tried to scramble back to his feet. In the transition, Valiev locked on a body triangle and secured the choke. The Russian fighter signed with World Series of Fighting in 2014. He won his first four bouts in the promotion before dropping a split decision against Chris Gutierrez last year. Since the loss, he picked up a victory in a rematch with Gutierrez and this submission. His professional record now stands at 12-2.
Fantasy AnalysisBrooks was set to face off with Lentz at UFC 216, but the bout was cancelled when Lentz was deemed unfit to complete due to health complications during his weight cut. The former Bellator lightweight champion is looking to turn around a two-fight losing streak in this matchup with a UFC veteran. "Ill Will" maintains an 18-3 record (1-2 UFC) and posted an impressive 9-1 Bellator record with an eight-fight winning streak prior to joining the UFC.
Fantasy AnalysisBrooks showed up Friday morning and made the 156-pound lightweight limit, but he won't get to fight on Saturday after all. It's a tough break for Brooks, who had been looking to bounce back from a two-fight losing streak. It's unclear whether or not this fight will be rescheduled at a later date.
Fantasy AnalysisBrooks may have been victorious in his UFC debut, but the former Bellator Lightweight Champion has since sputtered, losing back-to-back fights. He'll look to get back on track with a matchup against the 32-year-old Lentz, a veteran that has been with the promotion since 2009. Win or lose, Brooks would still have a long road ahead of him to get to the top of the UFC's 155-pound division.