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Fabio Maldonado    Other    Light Heavyweight
Maldonado will be sidelined for three months after suffering a laceration in his right wrist, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Maldonado was involved in a home accident on Saturday during which he fell on a glass door and gashed his wrist, cutting an artery. Luckily, the light heavyweight fighter quickly underwent surgery is in recovery. Maldonado last fought in March of 2017, beating Abdul-Khamid Davlatov via TKO in a 220-pound catchweight bout.
Phil Davis    Bellator    Light Heavyweight
Davis will take on Bellator newcomer Ryan Bader for the promotion's light heavyweight championship at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Fantasy Analysis

Davis is coming off a unanimous decision victory last November over Liam McGeary, and will now get an opportunity to avenge his last professional loss while also defending his belt. Bader bested Davis in a UFC on Fox event back in January of 2015, but it was Davis that came out ahead in the striking battle by a count of 35-to-26. Davis has a respectable career takedown defense rate of 72 percent, but it will have to be a main focal point of his camp if the 32-year-old wants a different result than in their last fight.
Ryan Bader    Bellator    Light Heavyweight
Updating a previous report, Bader will make his Bellator debut against Phil Davis at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Fantasy Analysis

Bader was originally scheduled to face a quality opponent in Muhammed "King Mo" Lawler, but instead, he'll take on the division's current 205-pound champion in Davis. The two already have a score to settle, as they met in the UFC back in Jan 2015. Bader emerged with a split-decision victory in that fight, despite being outlanded 26-to-35 in the significant strike department. He was able to take Phil Davis down once in that fight, and Bader's wrestling could likely once again be the deciding factor.
Valerie Letourneau    Bellator    Flyweight
Letourneau has signed with Bellator MMA and will debut at flyweight later this summer, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Letourneau is the latest of several UFC fighters to jump ship over to Bellator, though it's admittedly unlikely she would have been offered another contract with the UFC after three straight losses. The 33-year-old has faced some quality names while with the promotion, such as current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, but has had a well-documented, brutal weight cut to get to the 115-pound limit. With Bellator, she'll be able to compete at her natural weight class at 125 pounds -- a class the UFC currently does not offer for women. Perhaps this is the move the American Top Team product needs to get her career back on track. At the very least, it will be significantly better for the Canadian's overall health.
Thales Leites    UFC    Middleweight
Leites defeated Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Leites clearly had a specific gameplan for Alvey, as he stayed out of boxing range and landed stinging leg kicks for most of the fight. While he may have coasted a bit too much in Round 3, Leites was able to get the win he was searching for after dropping his last fight to Krzysztof Jotko in November. Leites moves to 27-7 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Sam Alvey    UFC    Middleweight
Alvey lost to Thales Leites via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

One could argue that Alvey deserved to win the second round, but the 30-year-old simply isn't active enough to sway judges when his opponent doesn't give him ample opportunities to counter. He was forced to come forward a bit more than usual after losing Round 1, but his leg had been damaged too much by the kicks of Leities to move effectively. Alvey came into this bout riding a four-fight winning streak, but falls to 30-9 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Eddie Wineland    UFC    Bantamweight
Wineland lost to John Dodson via unanimous decision (28-29, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Wineland clearly wasn't prepared for the speed of Dodson, and intimated as much to his corner after Round 1. Wineland succeeds by finding angles to land his awkward striking, but the 32-year-old became a predictable boxer in the face of a slicker, faster opponent. He had experienced a bit of a renaissance prior to this fight, having scored back-to-back TKO victories, but falls to 23-12 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
John Dodson    UFC    Bantamweight
Dodson defeated Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

It was clear from the beginning that Dodson's speed was simply too much for Wineland, who allowed The Magician to land his jab at will while weaving in and out. While it wasn't the finish he promised, Dodson turned in an impressive performance nonetheless, as he ate just 21 strikes in the entire bout according to FightMetric. Dodson improves to 19-8 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Jessica Penne    UFC    strawweight
Penne lost to Danielle Taylor via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Penne could never quite find the range in this fight, as the speed of Danielle Taylor proved to be a bit too much for the former title challenger. She made a nice adjustment mid-fight, catching Taylor in the clinch to land knees to the body, but it ultimately wasn't enough to take the decision. Penne had taken brutal beatings in her last two fights against Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade, and while this fight was significantly closer, it's clear that the 34-year-old does not belong anywhere near the top of the division. She falls to 12-5 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Danielle Taylor    UFC    strawweight
Taylor defeated Jessica Penne via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Taylor used her speed to disorient Penne, darting in and out while landing solid head shots. While Penne was able to do some good work in the clinch, it was clear that the 27-year-old landed the harder shots, and was the busier fighter overall. Taylor's combination of speed and power makes her a tough opponent for the division, but her small stature (5-feet even) will likely make it difficult for her to notch convincing wins in the UFC. She moves to 9-2 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Dustin Ortiz    UFC    Flyweight
Ortiz lost to Brandon Moreno via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:06 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ortiz had the grappling edge early, but Moreno was able to thwart a takedown attempt in Round 2 and create space long enough to land a big head kick as the 28-year-old loaded up a right hand. Ortiz attempted to regain his wits, but Moreno jumped on his back and eventually sunk in the choke for the finish. Ortiz was coming off a hard-fought victory over Zach Makovsky in December, but has now lost three of his last four fights. Ortiz, who was finished for the first time in his career Saturday, drops to 16-7 in professional MMA.
Brandon Moreno    UFC    Flyweight
Moreno defeated Dustin Ortiz via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:06 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Moreno was being outgrappled by Ortiz for most of the contest, but found space to land a giant head kick in Round 2 before jumping on his opponent's back and sinking in the choke. Moreno has been quite the find for the flyweight division, combining vicious striking with willing and competent grappling. The 23-year-old has won all three of his fights in the UFC, notching finishes over two high-profile opponents in Ortiz and Louis Smolka over that span. He improves to 14-3 in professional MMA as a result of the win.
Ovince Saint Preux    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Saint Preux defeated Marcos Rogerio de Lima via submission (Von Flue choke) at 2:11 of Round 2 at at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Saint Preux was eating high kicks from Rogerio de Lima for most of Round 1, but made a quick adjustment in Round 2, converting a kick to a takedown and following with brutal ground-and-pound. Rogerio de Lima seemed as though the fight had been beaten out of him, as he hung on to OSP's head while attempting to wrap up half guard, allowing the 34-year-old all the time in the world to sink in the choke. OSP had been on a rough road of late, but showed nice resolve for a bounce-back win after losing his last two fights. He improves to 20-10 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Marcos Rogerio de Lima    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Rogerio de Lima lost to Ovince Saint Preux via submission (Von Flue choke) at 2:11 of Round 2 at at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Rogerio de Lima used his kicking game to easily win Round 1, but went to the well once too often, as Saint Preux converted a kick into a takedown at the start of Round 2. OSP bludgeoned Rogerio de Lima with ground-and-pound before sinking in the choke. While there is no question that the choke was tight, the Brazilian didn't do much to defend, hanging onto the head in half guard while the submission was being set up. Rogerio de Lima missed weight for the second straight time heading into this fight, which may raise concerns about his conditioning going forward. He falls to 15-5-1 in professional MMA, having lost three of his last five fights.
Jake Ellenberger    UFC    Welterweight
Ellenberger lost to Mike Perry via KO (Elbow) at 1:05 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on Saturday.

Fantasy Analysis

Ellenberger did a good job disrupting Perry's timing with takedown attempts in Round 1, but Perry made the adjustment in Round 2, hitting Ellenberger with an elbow from the clinch that left him on the mat while the official particulars were being read. Ellenberger clearly still has good strategy and technique, but it may be time to question whether he can continue to go through the wars that have made him a staple of the sport. The 32-year-old drops to 31-13 as a result of the loss, having lost four of his last five fights.