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Mauricio Rua    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Rua (knee) will not be able to fight Ovince Saint-Preux in the main event of UFC Fight Night 117 on September 22 in Saitama, Japan, Alexander Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rua's return to Japan after 11 years was scheduled against light heavyweight "OSP." However, "Shogun" sustained a knee injury that has forced him to withdraw from the fight and postpone his late-career run that includes a three-fight winning streak. The former UFC light heavyweight champion has been replaced by Yushin Okami, a one-time middleweight title challenger. A timetable for Rua's return is unknown.
Warlley Alves    UFC    Middleweight
Alves will face Jim Wallhead in a welterweight fight at UFC Fight Night 118 on October 21 in Gdansk, Peter Carroll of MMFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Alves is on the first losing streak of his career, having lost to Bryan Barberena and Kamaru Usman (both via unanimous decision). His opponent for this contest is in the same boat. However, Alves has UFC experience on his side. While Alves (26) is 11 years younger than Wallhead (37), he has faced more high-level opponents to bring his UFC record to 4-2 (11-2 overall).
Glover Teixeira    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Teixeira (hand) will now face Misha Cirkunov in a light heavyweight contest at UFC on FOX 26 on December 16 in Winnipeg, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Teixeira accepted the matchup against Cirkunov believing that he would be fully recovered from hand surgery by October. However, recent developments have proven to the fighter that he will not make the deadline. Instead of cancelling the fight completely, UFC brass has pushed the fight back to December to give Glover time to heal. Demian Maia v. Colby Covington will take the fight's place as the co-main event.
Ray Borg    UFC    Flyweight
Borg (illness) is now scheduled to face Demetrious Johnson for the UFC Flyweight Championship at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Borg and Johnson were originally scheduled to face off at UFC 215, but Borg came down with a viral illness and was deemed unable to compete by UFC doctors. The two will now run it back in Vegas, but given Borg's past troubles with making the 125-pound flyweight limit, it's fair to question his ability to safely hit his mark, making this a story worth monitoring during fight week. Look for Borg to once again enter as a heavy betting underdog, whether or not a belt is on the line.
Jon Jones    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Jones' championship victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29 has been overturned to a no-contest by the California State Athletic Commission, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Jones will now see his professional record drop to 22-1-0 (1 NC), though the UFC has yet to officially strip him of the light heavyweight championship at this point. This news comes in the wake of his 'B' sample coming back positive, confirming that he had the banned substance Turinabol in his system on the night of his victory. There is still a lengthy appeal process ahead, but don't expect to see Jones fight under the UFC banner any time soon. As a repeat offender, he is facing a four-year ban from the sport.
Jon Jones    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Jones' 'B' sample has returned positive for the oral steroid Turinabol, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Despite this news making headlines, there are few additional developments here, as the second sample rarely tests any differently from the first. With both samples confirmed, however, Jones can now begin the adjudication process with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. As a second-time offender, Jones could be facing up to a four-year suspension. If that maximum punishment is dealt, he would turn 34 years old before being allowed to compete again, though it's fair to question whether the UFC would welcome him back at that point. Jones' team appears in line to present another "tainted supplement" defense, as they believe he ingested the steroid unknowingly. Look for another lengthy legal battle, though all signs are pointing to Jones getting stripped of his victory and belt once the process is complete.
Dmitriy Sosnovskiy    UFC    Heavyweight
Sosnovskiy (undisclosed) has withdrawn from his heavyweight fight against Justin Ledet at UFC Fight Night 116 on September 16 in Pittsburgh, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Sosovskiy suffered an undisclosed injury and was forced to withdraw from his scheduled matchup with Ledet. He has been replaced by newcomer Azunna Anyanwu, who took the fight on short notice this Monday. A timetable for Sosnovskiy's return is not known at this time.
Gavin Tucker    UFC    Lightweight
Tucker admitted Monday via his personal Facebook page that he sustained four broken bones in his face, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The purpose of Tucker's post was to shift blame away from referee Kyle Cardinal, who did not stop the fight despite the fact that Tucker was enduring a savage beating. The brutality Tucker endured ultimately resulted in two fractured orbitals and a broken jaw, but the lightweight prospects remains in good spirits nonetheless. Saturday's matchup was a case of a veteran fighter bringing an up-and-comer down to earth, as Rick Glenn used his length to his advantage to maintain control and strike from a distance. Expect the 31-year-old Tucker to come back strong, though a lengthy medical suspension is likely forthcoming.
Gavin Tucker    UFC    Lightweight
Tucker lost to Rick Glenn via unanimous decision (25-30, 24-30, 27-29) at UFC 215 on Saturday in Edmonton.

Fantasy Analysis

Tucker is too tough for his own good. Only an embarrassing effort from referee Kyle Cardinal allowed the fight to see the final bell. Tucker had no answer for the experience and grit of Glenn. The Canadian had a few brief surges of offense throughout the course of the fight but that was about it. Tucker was giving up a ton in both height and reach and he struggled to make up the difference. He also had very little energy throughout the course of the contest. A lot of that was probably the result of the crazy amount of damage Tucker had to absorb, but it's a bad look either way. It was the first professional loss for the 31-year-old.
Ray Borg    UFC    Flyweight
The UFC released a statement Friday clarifying that Borg is dealing with a "viral illness," which is the reason for the cancellation of Saturday's main event.

Fantasy Analysis

Borg has had plenty of recorded issues with weight cutting in the past, but both his team and UFC brass have seemed to indicate that this illness was unrelated to his cut. It's a tough break for Borg, as he had been lined up for the opportunity of a lifetime -- a flyweight title opportunity as a pay-per-view headliner. It seems likely that this fight will be rescheduled at a later date, as there are few remaining flyweight contenders that are viable options to face Johnson. Even Borg was entering this fight as high as a (+800) betting underdog. Look for the opening lines to be similar in the event of a rematch.
Ray Borg    UFC    Flyweight
Borg is dealing with an illness and will not fight Demetrious Johnson at UFC 215 on Saturday, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

UFC has decided to cancel the match instead of finding a last-minute replacement to face Johnson. There's still no word from the UFC on when the fight will be rescheduled, but it's certainly possible for it to still take place in the near future.
Jon Jones    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Jones passed a blood test following his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier but has no proof to contradict his positive urine sample, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighing.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Jones may be one of the best light heavyweights in the UFC but his struggle with doping has tarnished much of his legacy. His most recent win over Daniel Cormier to regain his title was followed by a failed urine test. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency tests both blood and urine samples, but each method checks for different substances. It is known that Jones passed blood and urine tests on July 6 and another urine test on July 7. However, his urine sample on July 28 came back positive for the steroid turinabol. While Jones' blood sample following the fight came back negative, it provides no evidence to contradict the possible use of turinabol since the substance isn't tested for in blood samples. The investigation into the positive result will continue but if Jones is found guilty, he could face up to a four-year suspension because he would be a repeat offender.
Nick Hein    UFC    Lightweight
Hein (undisclosed) will no longer be fighting against Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC Fight Night 115 on September 2 in Rotterdam, Alexander Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Hein was set to face UFC newcomer Magomedsharipov but suffered an undisclosed injury that has forced him to withdraw from the fight. He will be replaced by another newcomer in Mike Santiago. A timetable for Hein's return is not known at this time.
Germaine de Randamie    UFC    Featherweight
De Randamie has been removed from UFC Rotterdam due to injury, and will be replaced on the card by newcomer Talita Oliveira.

Fantasy Analysis

De Randamie's tumultuous run with the UFC has just hit another roadblock. After picking up a controversial win over Holly Holm to be crowned the inaugural women's featherweight champion, she was later stripped of her belt for refusing to fight Cris Cyborg. "The Iron Lady" then decided to return to the 135-pound division, but is now a late withdrawal for her first scheduled bantamweight bout since May 2016. The announcement did not specify the type of injury de Randamie suffered, nor did it disclose a timetable for a return. She had been dealing with a hand injury for months leading up to UFC Rotterdam, but there hasn't yet been any indication that it is the cause for the recent withdrawal.
Jon Jones    UFC    Light Heavyweight
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has confirmed with Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com that Jones has tested positive for the banned substance turinabol.

Fantasy Analysis

Jones still needs to wait out his "B sample" tests and the USADA adjudication process, but a confirmed positive would be damning for the former light heavyweight champion. His camp has already insinuated that the positive may be a result of a tainted supplement, but even if that's the case, Jones will still be facing a lengthy suspension, as this is his second offense. This is a separate substance than his last positive test before UFC 200, but the penalty will be severe given the nature of the substance -- an oral steroid. Once considered one of the greatest fighters of all-time, Jones' legacy will take a severe hit if he's dealt another suspension. He's still 30 and could conceivably be an effective fighter following a prospective four-year suspension, but it remains to be seen if Dana White and the UFC would even want him back at that point.
Jon Jones    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Jones has tested positive for a banned substance in relation to UFC 214 and has been provisionally suspended, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

It's the latest in a long line of failed drug tests and outside-the-cage mishaps for Jones, who had recently became the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion following a victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. An official statement from the UFC maintained neutrality, saying "there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed." This means that Jones has not been stripped of his belt just yet, nor has the win been overturned, but that won't be far off should the test results get confirmed. If he did in fact test positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol, as TMZ originally reported, Jones would be facing one of the more severe suspensions handed down by USADA since it's implementation. That substance carries a two-year minimum suspension, but it could be longer for a repeat offender like Jones. Look for the exact details and punishment to be sorted out within the coming weeks.
Lyoto Machida    UFC    Middleweight
Machida (suspension) will take on Derek Brunson in a middleweight matchup at UFC Sao Paulo on October 28.

Fantasy Analysis

Machida ends his 18-month USADA suspension earlier in October, but UFC brass will not hesitate to capitalize on his name recognition and get a fight in the works as soon as possible. His opponent is an incredibly tough draw, as Machida will square off against a younger and more athletic fighter that has seen some of the best the middleweight division has to offer of late. Technically, Brunson has lost two of his last three fights as well, but one of those was a controversial decision to Anderson Silva, and the other to current Interim UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker. Machida, who hasn't competed since 2015, has lost his last two fights via stoppage. Machida has impressive, karate-based striking and unmatched experience against the best middleweights of all-time, but at 39 years old, it's tough to say what he has left in the tank. Even though he'll be fighting in front of Brazilian fans, he should enter as a hefty betting underdog.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Nogueira will face Jared Cannonier in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 124 on December 16 in Winnipeg, Canada.

Fantasy Analysis

Nogueira has a few disadvantages in this fights including age, reach and striking. At age 41, he is eight years older than Cannonier and is 1-3 in his last four matches. The southpaw has a two-inch reach deficit against a fighter that throws 4.2 significant strikes per minute. However, his age gives him experience over Cannonier. The future hall-of-famer's career is winding down, but "Minotauro" has scored a 22-8 record (18-7 UFC) to show for it.
Cody Garbrandt    UFC    Bantamweight
Garbrandt (back) will return to the Octagon at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden to face T.J Dillashaw, Damon Martin of UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Garbrandt was scheduled to fight at UFC 213 against Dillashaw, but the title defense was put on hold due to a back injury he suffered during training. A trip to Germany for a stem cell injection has assisted in his treatment of the injury and he will finally return to the Octagon for his first attempt at defending the bantamweight belt after defeating Dominick Cruz by unanimous decision last December. Garbrandt has nine KO/TKO victories in his 11 professional fights, but Dillashaw hasn't been knocked out since his first UFC fight against John Dodson in 2011. In what projects to be a very close matchup, Garbrandt has opened as a slight betting favorite.
Frank Mir    Bellator    Heavyweight
Mir agreed to a deal with Bellator on Tuesday, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

After being granted his released from the UFC in July, the 38-year-old will head to Bellator for an opportunity to rehab his image following a positive test for PEDs last year. While Mir has maintained his innocence, he's in the midst of serving a two-year ban from the sport, which is set to expire in April of 2018. As such, Mir will be unable to fight until after that date.
Cody Garbrandt    UFC    Bantamweight
Garbrandt (back) is eyeing Madison Square Garden for his first title defense, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Garbrandt suffered a back injury during training back in May and was sent to Germany for stem cell injection by Dana White. Since then, he has been focused on rehabilitation and conditioning but is looking to possibly take the Octagon in November. There has been talk about "No Love" facing T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 216 in October, but Garbrandt doesn't think he'll be fully healed and ready to go by then.
Christian Colombo    UFC    Heavyweight
Colombo will face Carlos Felipe in a heavyweight fight at UFC Fight Night 119 on October 28 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Colombo, who suffered an undisclosed injury that lead to the cancellation of his bout against Damian Grabowski in May, is back and ready to take on undefeated newcomer Carlos Felipe. "Godzilla" is 8-2-1 overall and has yet to claim a win in his UFC career since debuting in September 2016.
Doo Ho Choi    UFC    Featherweight
Choi (shoulder) expects to return to the fight scene as early as October, BJPenn.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Choi stood his ground against Cub Swanson in one of the best fights of 2016 but suffered a loss and has sustained a shoulder injury since then. While some suspected a back injury as the source for his withdrawal from UFC 214 against Andre Fili in June, it has been confirmed to have stemmed from a rotator cuff. Per the report, Choi should be back in action by October.
Marcos Rogerio de Lima    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Rogerio de Lima was flagged by the USADA for a potential doping violation and has been pulled from his light heavyweight bout against Saparbek Safarov at UFC Fight Night 115 on September 2 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Fantasy Analysis

Rogerio de Lima was scheduled for his third UFC fight this year but was pulled from the event on Friday after being flagged with a potential doping violation by the USADA. While the banned substance that was found hasn't been released, the possible violation came from an out-of-competition sample that was taken on August 1. "Pezao" will be suspended until the investigation into the violation is concluded. The UFC is looking for a replacement to face Safarov but none is known as of Sunday.
Ian McCall    UFC    Flyweight
McCall has been undergoing treatment for irregular brain activity in recent weeks and is uncertain about his future as a UFC fighter, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports. "There's a lot wrong with my brain; it's not just the punching. And on top of that 15 years of fighting professionally isn't good for you," McCall said. "I saw a lot of bad signs, still seeing a lot of bad signs just with CTE [chronic traumatic encephalopathy] type stuff, TBI [traumatic brain injury] stuff, so it scared me. I went down [to San Diego to meet with a specialist] and I'm trying to fix it. Fix the depression and all the stuff that comes with that, we'll see."

Fantasy Analysis

McCall was most recently scheduled to face Jarred Brooks in a UFC 208 match in February, but ended up withdrawing after experiencing gastrointestinal issues the day of the fight. Since that time, it's his quality of life after the sport that has been McCall's biggest concern. The 33-year-old indicated that he's already experiencing more forgetfulness and bouts of rage, as well as other symptoms consistent with bipolar disorder. McCall noted that his brain treatment will continue for another month, after which he'll formally decide whether he wants to continue fighting.

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