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Fantasy AnalysisAfter consulting with doctors in Brazil, Dantas was advised to undergo an emergency procedure to address a fractured fibula, which had produced significant swelling in the fighter's foot. The 29-year-old is expected to resume physical therapy in three weeks and will likely be cleared to start training by early September.
Fantasy AnalysisFighting for the first time in more than 14 months, JDS looked strong against a game opponent. Dos Santos finished the fight with a 110-51 edge in total strikes landed, but the bout was closer than those numbers would indicate. JDS did an excellent job of pushing the pace early on and forcing the debuting Ivanov up against the cage. He landed plenty of his trademark power shots, and most importantly, he ate everything Ivanov threw in return without issue. With the heavyweight division as thin as it is, JDS may only be a couple wins away from getting right back into the title conversation. Saturday's strong performance was a good start on the road back to the top of the mountain.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile Ivanov came up short in his UFC debut, he showed more than enough to be taken seriously moving forward. The former WSOF Heavyweight Champion was able to handle everything JDS threw at him and land plenty of shots of his own. Anyone familiar with Ivanov's backstory (if you aren't, look it up) knows how tough he is and he showed that in this one. The 31-year-old provides some much needed fresh blood in the UFC's heavyweight division and by going five rounds with a former champion, Ivanov proved he can hang with one of the world's best. Brighter days are ahead for the Bulgarian.
Fantasy AnalysisConsidering the adversity he faced early in the bout, this may have been the most impressive performance of Sage's young UFC career. Northcutt somehow survived a vicious right hand from Ottow in Round 1 and then used his world-class conditioning to turn the tables on his opponent in Round 2. Sage is still making his fair share of mistakes at age 22, but it's clear the full-time move to Team Alpha Male has helped him and he still has one of the highest ceilings in the entire division. This is the type of win that can give Northcutt plenty of confidence moving forward.
Fantasy AnalysisOttow was in control for the vast majority of Round 1, but he was unable to get the stoppage and his gas tank quickly hit empty. It's an especially poor performance for the 31-year-old considering Sage was in all sorts of trouble early in the fight. While Northcutt connected with a nice combination to set up the finish, Ottow was simply too tired to return fire and referee Jason Herzog was forced to intervene. Ottow has now alternated wins and losses in his first six UFC bouts, and as we all know, a .500 record won't get the job done.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was a typical gritty, ugly performance from Glenn. While he allowed Bermudez to connect on 6-of-14 takedown attempts, Glenn also did a nice job of limiting the damage he absorbed once he found himself on the mat. He was the more effective striker of the two and landed the cleaner, more fluid power shots throughout the course of the bout. Glenn isn't going to overwhelm anyone with his athleticism, but the Team Alpha Male product has a nice all-around skill set and he won't beat himself. Glenn is now 3-2 since debuting in the UFC in September 2016.
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