A highly anticipated grudge match and unprecedented three title fights will take place in Anaheim this Saturday. Jon Litterine has the full fantasy breakdown.
Fantasy AnalysisLarkin left the UFC with a two-fight winning streak but dropped it in his Bellator debut against 170-pound champion Douglas Lima (unanimous decision). This matchup with Daley will pit two UFC veterans against each other, both of which historically have had strong striking skills; Larkin has 11 KO/TKOs while Daley has 29. At age 30, Larkin maintains an 18-6 career record.
Fantasy AnalysisDaley suffered a second round submission loss (rear-naked choke) to Rory MacDonald in May and is 4-2 since joining Bellator in 2015. The former UFC fighter his historically been a strong striker with 29 KO/TKOs but his ground game could use a little work. Matched up with another UFC veteran and striker, this fight may be a boxing match where the person with the strongest chin and fastest hands will prevail.
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 AnalysisRockhold has been recovering from a partial ACL tear since last year. This will be the first time he steps in the Octagon since his loss to Michael Bisping (KO-punches) in June 2016. Prior to the injury, Rockhold was facing challenging middleweights like Bisping and Chris Weidman. He has a 15-3 record (14-2 UFC) with nine submission wins and could dish out an average 4.17 significant strikes per minute before injury. How he fares in his first fight back may be different.
Fantasy AnalysisBranch took down Krzysztof Jotko (split decision) in his UFC return earlier this year. After fighting with the WSOF for five years, Branch has rejoined the UFC with a 21-3 record (3-2 UFC) and hasn't lost since 2012 against Anthony Johnson (unanimous decision). Although he hasn't faced many UFC-caliber opponents in recent years, he has 11 straight wins with seven submission victories in his career.
Fantasy AnalysisChiesa suffered a controversial loss at UFC Oklahoma City in June when referee Mario Yamasaki called for a stop before he had tapped out. "Maverick" thought the technical submission was not fair since he hadn't stopped fighting or tapped so he appealed the ruling, which all fighters are allowed to do. However, the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission has rejected the request for a no contest and Chiesa's record will stand as is (14-2).
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