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Chris Weidman    UFC    Middleweight
Weidman (thumb) has been out since his win over Kelvin Gastelum in July but is hoping to return to action in early 2018, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Weidman gained a much needed win over Gastelum in Long Island this summer, but suffered a dislocated left thumb in the process. While he was initially told that he'd be back to fighting in six weeks following his surgery in September, he has yet to completely heal. The timeline for his return has been pushed back to early next year.
Marcelo Guimaraes    UFC    Middleweight
Guimaraes (knee), who has been out since 2016 and undergone multiple surgeries since, is hoping to rejoin the sport in March, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Guimaraes hasn't seen action in 20 months due to a multiple knee surgeries; after undergoing his first surgery, septic arthritis forced another one. Twenty days in the hospital led to his leg atrophying and another injury. After a long time off that involved starting his own American Top Team gym in Brazil, the fighter is itching to get back in the Octagon. Guimaraes hopes to return in March 2018 as a welterweight after spending time as a middleweight.
Carlos Felipe    Other    Heavyweight
Felipe has been released from the UFC alongside four other fighters, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Felipe signed with the UFC after racking up an 8-0 record. He was scheduled to debut against Christian Colombo at UFC Sao Paulo but was suspended after being flagged for an anti-doping violation. He is not allowed to compete in the UFC for two years and has been released as a result. Other fighters that have been let go include Takanori Gomi, Hacran Dias, Henrique da Silva and Adriano Martins.
Anthony Pettis    UFC    Lightweight
Pettis (rib) tapped to Dustin Poirier at UFC Fight Night on Saturday, ending the fight in a TKO submission due to injury, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Pettis struggled against Poirier. He allowed his opponent to get in position for a triangle choke with his legs high on his ribs partway through Round 3. Poirier had moved to full mount with a body triangle and was in the process of clamping on the choke when Pettis tapped out due to an injury. It has been determined that Pettis suffered a fractured rib, which was a relief to his coach who feared ligament and cartilage damage. A timetable for his return to action hasn't been stated.
Patricio Freire    Bellator    Featherweight
Freire will no longer fight Daniel Wichel at Bellator 188 due to a knee injury, MMAfighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Feire indicated he's actually dealing with a few different injuries, but the knee was most notable and the reason he'll be unable to defend his belt against Wichel on Nov. 16. He's expected to take the next 30 days off entirely before resuming training again, but Freire did indicate he plans to reschedule the fight against Weichel in February at the latest, so an eventual matchup between the two should eventually take place.
Anthony Pettis    UFC    Lightweight
Pettis lost to Dustin Poirier via TKO (submission due to injury) at 2:08 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.

Fantasy Analysis

Being battered from pillar to post and a bloody mess, Pettis appeared to suffer a rib or chest injury during an exchange on the mat midway through Round 3 and after an immediate grimace he quickly tapped out. "Showtime" had no answer for the aggressive style or takedown attempts of Poirier. Once known as one of the best athletes in the sport, Pettis' footwork has all but evaporated and he once again appears to be thinking too much inside the Octagon. His win over Jim Miller in July meant little because it didn't tell us if he was ready to face top competition once again. We got our answer on Saturday night and the answer was a resounding "no". Pettis is somehow 2-5 in his last seven fights dating back to March 2015. It's baffling that his sudden, pronounced downfall doesn't get talked about more often. Pettis also took home a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus.
Grant Dawson    UFC    Featherweight
Dawson was flagged for a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency policy violation Friday, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Dawson has yet to compete in a UFC fight after joining the promotion in mid-August following a victory over Adrian Diaz during Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender series. This will obviously delay that date even further. The 23-year-old was flagged for the potential violation that stemmed from an out-of -competition USADA drug test in October. Moving forward, the USADA will handle the "results and appropriate adjudication of this case."
Anderson Silva    UFC    Middleweight
Silva was flagged with a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency policy violation and will not face off against Kelvin Gastelum on November 25 in Shanghai, Mike Bohn of USA TODAY reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Silva has been provisionally suspended by the USADA, as the UFC will be required to find a replacement for his upcoming bout. This announcement stems from an out-of-collection sample that was collected in late October. Moving forward, the USADA will handle the case, and determine the punishment for Silva.
Dominick Cruz    UFC    Bantamweight
Cruz has withdrawn from his bantamweight fight against Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219 on Dec. 30 due to a broken arm, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

This is another tough break for the oft-injured 32-year-old. Cruz was looking to bounce back from his title defeat to Cody Garbandt at UFC 207 last December, but his return to the Octagon will have to wait a little while longer. It's unclear if the UFC will keep Rivera on the card at this point.
Humberto Bandenay    UFC    Featherweight
Bandenay has withdrawn from his featherweight matchup against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC Sydney on Nov. 18 due to a fractured right wrist, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

It's unclear how Bandenay picked up the injury, but it will keep him from competing in his second UFC bout. The 23-year-old fighter made his UFC debut last August at UFC Mexico City, defeating Martin Bravo vis KO at less than 30 seconds into the fight. His replacement hasn't been announced at this point.
Frankie Edgar    UFC    Featherweight
Edgar will no longer face Max Holloway for the UFC Featherweight Championship in the main event of UFC 218 on Dec. 2 due to a facial injury, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Edgar apparently suffered a facial injury during training that will ultimately require surgery, ending his shot at becoming the fifth fighter in UFC history to win titles in multiple weight classes (he's a former lightweight champion). It's a tough break for the 36-year-old fighter, as he's won seven of his last eight bouts and was looking to bounce back from his championship loss to Jose Aldo in July 2016. Holloway is expected to stay on the card and defend his title, though a replacement for Edgar has yet to be announced.
Joanne Calderwood    UFC    strawweight
Calderwood was forced out of her strawweight matchup with Bec Rawlings on November 19 due to an undisclosed injury, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

In Calderwood's place, Jessica-Rose Clark will step in to face Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney, Australia. At this time, there has been no indication as to what sort of injury Calderwood sustained, or how long she will be out, but the 31-year-old is expected to take some time to recover. Although JoJo sports an 11-3 record professionally, she is just 3-3 in UFC fights and has lost her previous two bouts to Cynthia Calvillo and Jessica Andrade in the past 15 months.
Antonio Silva    Other    Heavyweight
Silva claims that he suffered a torn ligament in his knee just days before his Glory 46 fight with Rico Verhoeven, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Silva made his Glory debut in October, where he lost to Rico Verhoeven. "Bigfoot" says that suffered the injury days before the fight took place and has since gotten surgery to correct the issue. The former UFC fighter hit a major slide prior to joining the promotion, having gone 1-8-1 since 2013.
Ion Cutelaba    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Cutelaba has been provisionally suspended by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a potential violation during out-of-competition sample collections in mid-October, Damon Martin of UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Cutelaba's fight with Gadzhimurad Antigulov was called off due to this violation, marking the 15th time this year that a UFC fight has been called off within 48 hours of the bout. It remains to be seen how long Cutelaba will be suspended for, as the USADA will need to make a decision in the near future.
James Gallagher    Bellator    Featherweight
Gallagher underwent knee surgery the weekend of Oct. 28 and claims it was successful, Peter Carroll of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Gallagher was forced to miss his Bellator debut in Dublin, which was scheduled for Nov. 10, due to a knee injury sustained during training. The 21-year-old underwent surgery for his knee this past weekend and is hopeful that he'll be back to training in six weeks. Instead of having to fix ligaments like originally thought, Gallagher stated that doctors only "cleared cartilage and scoped out other stuff." When the Irishman will return isn't known, but the March date he was aiming for shouldn't be a problem.
Jim Wallhead    UFC    Welterweight
Wallhead (undisclosed) is facing a possible UFC anti-doping violation after failing an out-of-competition drug test from USADA collected Oct. 7, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

This news comes after Wallhead was forced to pull out of his fight vs. Warlley Alves at UFC Fight Night 118 last month due to an undisclosed injury. The soon-to-be 40-year-old will now go through USADA's results management and adjudication process before a possible punishment is determined. Given his age, a lengthy suspension could put his career in limbo. Wallhead has compiled an overall record of 29-11 since making his professional debut in 2005, though he's lost two straight fights -- his only two bouts in the UFC. Look for the exact details and punishment to be sorted out within the coming weeks.
Al Iaquinta    UFC    Lightweight
Iaquinta (knee) will no longer face Paul Felder at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 due to an injury, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Iaquinta suffered a torn PCL and sprained MCL back in September, and while he was hoping to be ready in time for his upcoming lightweight bout, it appears that won't be the case as he's still working his way back to full strength. Felder is expected to stay on the card, though a replacement hasn't been announced yet. Charles Oliveira appears to be the frontrunner to take Iaquinta's spot.
Raquel Pennington    UFC    Bantamweight
Pennington broke her leg in a hunting accident and will not be able to fight Amanda Nunes at UFC 219, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Pennington last fought Miesha Tate in November 2016 and has won her previous four decisions, but will not be able to challenge Nunes for the women's bantamweight championship in December. Pennington's leg was broken when landed on by an ATV during a hunting trip earlier this week and will be out of commission for an extended period of time.
Bethe Correia    UFC    Bantamweight
Correia has suffered an eye injury that forced her to undergo emergency surgery, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Correia revealed in a personal Instagram post that she had been scheduled to fight Irene Aldana in January, though the promotion had never announced that fight. That bout will be on hold for what appears to be several months, as Correia's manager believes she won't be able to resume training until the end of 2017. Barring any setbacks, look for Correia to return to the Octagon before the midway point of 2018.
Jon Jones    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Jones remains without a ruling from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which continues to review his case, ESPN's Brett Okamoto reports.

Fantasy Analysis

While Jones awaits a potential suspension, he remains in the USADA testing pool, and was even tested as recently as Oct. 11. Although that test came back clean, the main issue here is the fact that both his 'A' and 'B' samples from his UFC 214 matchup against Daniel Cormier came back positive. While Jones prepares his defense and USADA continues their investigation, fight fans are not much closer to finding out how long one of the UFC's greatest fighters will be on the shelf. A suspension anywhere from one to four years could potentially be on the table.
Carlos Felipe    Other    Heavyweight
Felipe has been suspended for two years by the USADA due to a failed drug test, Damon Martin of UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Felipe was flagged for the violation in late September, which cost the 22-year-old his UFC debut against Christian Colombo on Oct. 28, but now that appears to be the least of his concerns. The official word is that Felipe tested positive for Stanozolol, which is a synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroid. He will be out of the arena for quite some time since his two-year period of ineligibility began in mid-September, so he will have to wait to compete again until September of 2019.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Nogueira will no longer take part in UFC Winnipeg after being flagged for a potential anti-doping violation by the USADA, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Nogueira was set to face Jared Cannonier in his return fight after suffering an undisclosed injury in May. However, the USADA has flagged the fighter for a potential anti-doping violation from an out-of-competition drug test taken on Sept. 27. The veteran revealed that he tested positive for "a diuretic substance" called hydrochlorothiazide, the same banned substance Junior dos Santos was flagged for this summer. Nogueira will have to sit out as the investigation continues and the possibility of suspension hangs in the balance.
Julianna Pena    UFC    Bantamweight
Pena has put her career on hold since finding out she was pregnant but she plans to return to fighting after giving birth to her first child, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Pena hasn't seen action since January but didn't explain why until appearing on The MMA Hour. After discovering that she was pregnant, Pena decided to pause her fighting career to focus on her first baby with her fiancÚ Louis. While she wants to return to the cage about eight months after giving birth, the timetable for her return is unpredictable. Each pregnancy and recovery time is different and Pena wants to make sure her baby gets the attention she deserves. Julianna and Louis plan to name their little girl Isabella.
Patrick Cummins    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Cummins won't participate in his fight against Corey Anderson during UFC 217 on Nov. 4 in New York due to a staph infection in his right foot, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Coming into UFC 217, Cummins (10-4) had won two fights in a row, defeating Gian Villante and Jan Blachowicz earlier this year. With his absence, Corey Anderson needs a new opponent for Nov. 4.
Derrick Lewis    UFC    Heavyweight
Lewis (back) said Monday on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani that his team is awaiting MRI results before determining their next move.

Fantasy Analysis

Lewis was understandably heartbroken after being forced to withdraw from his UFC 216 matchup against Fabricio Werdum due to back problems, but that doesn't mean he plans to rush his recovery. Although Lewis has been medically cleared to fight, his team wants to wait to see the picture painted by a recent MRI in hopes of determining the exact issue that is ailing him. He doesn't seem concerned that this is a long-term problem, but will continue to take precautionary measures. Lewis is currently the promotion's No. 6-ranked heavyweight, and despite losing his most recent fight to Mark Hunt, he remains only a fight or two away from a title shot in a shallow heavyweight division.

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