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Fantasy AnalysisSalmon recently competed in Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series and won a decision over Ricky Turcios. His four KO/TKOs suggest a preference for striking, which will be helpful against an opponent who seems to work better on the floor. If "Boom Boom" can keep him at a distance, he could score a win. Salmon has a 6-1 record overall.
Fantasy AnalysisWieczorek maintains an 8-1 professional record. He has won seven in a row dating back to 2014, all via stoppage. He has gone the distance only once in his career. "Siwy" will make his debut in front of friend and family in his native Poland.
Fantasy AnalysisPiechota maintains a 9-0-1 record and has ended all victories before the third round. He shows a balanced skillset with four KO/TKOs and five submission. His previous two fights lasted a total of 1:09 combined. He will be a solid challenge for Wilson, so appears to prefer a good brawl.
Fantasy AnalysisEmeev boasts seven submission wins in his 15-3 career. The 30-year-old is riding a five-fight winning streak and will try to extend it against Trevor Smith, a talented grappler. The Russian has been fighting with M-1 since 2011 and has suffered only one loss (TKO-punches) in his time with the promotion
Fantasy AnalysisCamozzi has suffered three consecutive losses with the UFC, and would have been looking at his release had he attempted to continue with the promotion. Instead, the 30-year-old middleweight will get ahead of the situation and jump ship, moving to a kickboxing promotion where his wrestling and grappling won't be put to use. If he couldn't stay competitive in the UFC at age 30, it's unlikely we see a return to mainstream traditional mixed martial arts down the road.
Fantasy AnalysisKolesnyk was set to take on Megan Anderson for the featherweight title in July until Anderson got the call to join the UFC and take on Cris Cyborg for their featherweight belt. Tonya Evinger has been called in as a replacement for the fight, but it will no longer be a title bout. Evinger is Invicta's bantamweight champion and a tough opponent for the Ukrainian, who is 5-0, 1NC with all fights ending in stoppage.
Fantasy AnalysisHughes was reportedly struck by a moving train and needed to be airlifted from the scene. Although he has since been stabilized and was released from the hospital later in the day, Hughes is unsurprisingly still dealing with head trauma.
Fantasy AnalysisMurzakanov was scheduled to debut with the UFC against Joachim Christensen, but will no longer be making the journey to Oklahoma. There is no explanation as to the reason behind the withdrawal at this time.
Fantasy AnalysisCamozzi struggled mightily against Trevor Smith. He could not stop takedowns, and he could do very little when he was stuck on his back. Camozzi has now dropped three bouts in a row and might be released from the promotion for the second time.
Fantasy AnalysisD'Alelio started the fight strong with some hard strikes that sent Roxanne Modafferi to the mat. However, after eating a punch, she fell to the mat herself. She ended the first round by escaping an armbar and slamming Modafferi. Round 2 started a downhill slide for D'Alelio. She took a straight shot that sent her to the ground and led to a lot of back time and defensive grappling. "The Monster" went into the last round looking tired and putting up a weak defense. Modafferi got an early takedown after which D'Alelio got pounded with elbows and the referee had to call for a stop.
Fantasy AnalysisModafferi began the fight by eating plenty of her opponent's punches and falling to the mat. However, as the round continued, "The Happy Warrior" sent D'Alelio to the ground with shots of her own. Round 1 ended with a failed armbar and multiple slams for her. The second round went to Modafferi without a doubt, as she spent most of the five minutes on ground and pound. She utilized various grappling moves including a kimura sweep and leg triangle but to limited success. Modafferi was in control going into Round 3. With a quick couple strikes and a takedown, she claimed a TKO (elbows) over D'Alelio, who was merely trying to get away from the onslaught the entire round.
Fantasy AnalysisNiedzwiedz, 22, scored a victory over Vanessa Porto in a fight full of quick takedowns. The fighter tried her long reach against Porto throughout the fight without much success but landed some tremendous takedowns. She struck first, had a possible guillotine submission that didn't hold and landed a late takedown near the end of Round 1. In the second round, Niedzwiedz mostly countered Porto on her feet until taking her down and being reversed, spending a lot of time on her back after that. Going into Round 3, Niedzwiedz looked tired; she threw numerous strikes and attempted two takedowns that failed to land against Porto's defense. Near the end of the fight, she took a blistering leg shot to drive Porto into the mat but failed to gain a submission. However, Niedzwiedz's takedown aggressiveness throughout the matchup was phenomenal and helped her take home the win.
Fantasy AnalysisPorto, a former title challenger, spent this fight throwing crippling leg kicks and defending punches. During the first round, both fighters had takedowns that could've led to a guillotine submission but neither capitalized. Niedzwiedz took down Porto during the second round but was quickly reversed and spent considerable time on her back. However, Porto dove in in between kicks, and if the angle had been better, could have made herself susceptible to a leg triangle submission, but held out and even slammed her opponent in the process. Porto was calm and controlled during the third round, throwing kicks and deflecting strikes as well as takedowns but was unable to pull out the victory.
Fantasy AnalysisJandiroba's signing with Invicta comes after she won all four fights in 2016, including two wins over former UFC veterans Lisa Ellis (first-round submission) and Ericka Almeida (decision). The undefeated 28-year-old "Carcara" will look to continue her hot streak with Invicta. She has not yet received a scheduled fight.
Fantasy AnalysisHamill is a 40-year-old UFC veteran with a career record of 12-8 overall. Most know Hamill for his victory over Jon Jones, who was disqualified for an illegal elbow throw in their matchup, and gave Jones his only career loss. This win over Luiz Cane is his first since 2012, and came from a series of punches that took down Cane in only 38 seconds.