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Fantasy AnalysisDern is seen as one of the top female prospects in MMA and recently made her next move in the sport by signing with Invicta FC. The 24-year-old is a decorated jiu-jitsu champion and was the No. 1 ranked women's jiu-jitsu fighter in the world when she decided to make the switch. She has gone 4-0 since joining MMA with two first-round submission wins.
Fantasy AnalysisFelipe 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.
Fantasy AnalysisMartins has lost back-to-back fights with the company, which has led to his release. The 35-year-old will leave the UFC with a 28-9 record. Other fighters who have been released from the promotion include Takanori Gomi, Hacran Dias, Henrique da Silva and Carlos Felipe.
Fantasy AnalysisDa Silva's career with the UFC has been a short one. He started with the promotion in 2016 with two wins only to lose the next four, the last two via first-round knockout. He leaves the UFC with a 12-4 record alongside Takanori Gomi, Hacran Dias, Adiano Martins and Carlos Felipe.
Fantasy AnalysisDias joined the UFC in 2012 and has gone 3-5 since. The 33-year-old has ended all eight of his fight with the promotion via decision with all losses being unanimous. He has been released after losing his last three fights. Dias leaves the UFC with a 23-6-1 career record. Other fighters that faced a similar fate include Takanori Gomi, Henrique da Silva, Andriano Martins and Carlos Felipe.
Fantasy AnalysisGomi was lost his last five appearance in the Octagon, all via first-round stoppage. The former PRIDE champion hasn't seen much success in the past decade, having gone 4-9-1 dating back to 2007. The Japanese fighter was impressive at the beginning of his career with the promotion and boasted an impressive 10-fight winning streak at one point. He leaves the UFC with a 35-14, 1NC record. Other fighters that faced a similar fate include Hacran Dias, Henrique da Silva, Andriano Martins and Carlos Felipe.
Fantasy AnalysisSiver is a UFC veteran that has spent 10 years with the company. The German fighter has racked up a 23-11, 1NC record (12-8, 1NC UFC) with nine submission victories. He leaves the promotion after defeating UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn in June.
Fantasy AnalysisSilva 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.
Fantasy AnalysisAccording to Combate Americas, Erik Perez has switched promotions to fight under their banner. The fighter signed a multi-year deal with the promotion. He leave the UFC with a 17-6 professional record and a three-fight winning streak.
Fantasy AnalysisDias' first fight in more than a year and his return to lightweight was an unmitigated disaster. The Brazilian appeared as tired as ever despite having the extra ten pounds on his frame. Dias hung around for a round before being obliterated in Rounds 2 and 3. He was one of the more underrated fighters in the sport not all that long ago but the wheels have completely fallen off for Dias. He is riding a three-fight losing streak and hasn't scored a win in over two years.
Fantasy AnalysisHaqparast knocked Held down with a two-punch combination in the second round and looked to be on his way to another finish before the Pole reverted back to his grappling to take home the victory. Haqparast came into this fight riding a seven-fight KO/TKO win streak and was more than comfortable throwing hands under the bright lights, which could make him a fighter to watch going forward. He falls to 8-2 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Fantasy AnalysisPiechota dominated Wilson in every aspect of the fight, taking his back in Round 1 and ending the fight with a fully extended armbar that likely would have got the job done if time hadn't run out. The Polish fighter seemed comfortable fighting off of his back foot, allowing Wilson to pull him into hard shots. Piechota looks like an exciting prospect, as he is a competent fighter everywhere, and has a few one-strike knockouts to his name. His professional MMA record improves to 10-0-1 as a result of the victory.
Fantasy AnalysisEmeev had some of his game neutralized by the defensive style of Alvey but was able to land enough hard shots while backing his opponent up to take the decision. Emeev came into the UFC having attained stoppages in four of his last six wins but wasn't given much to work with from the veteran, contributing to the slow-paced decision. His professional MMA record improves to 16-3 as a result of the victory.
Fantasy AnalysisTouahri landed at a decent clip in the first and second rounds but was rarely taking the initiative and largely throwing single shots, allowing Alves to pick up the victory on pace alone. Touahari was riding a five-fight winning streak coming into the fight but will need to show more in order to advance at the highest level.
Fantasy AnalysisSalmon was forced to withdraw from the bout, and may need to undergo surgery for his left knee. For Barcelos, this means he will have to wait even longer to compete, since the UFC won't be adding an opponent to take Salmon's place. Barcelos hasn't fought in over a year now, and at this point in time, there isn't anything official on the horizon.