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Despite a recent setback against the current lightweight champion, Edson Barboza makes for a sneaky underdog play on DraftKings this week. Jon Litterine has the full Atlantic City card breakdown.

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Kajan Johnson    UFC    Lightweight
Johnson will face off against Islam Makhachev in a lightweight matchup at a UFC on FOX event in July, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

The event is expected to take place in Calgary, though the UFC has yet to make an official location announcement. Johnson has emerged victorious in four consecutive UFC bouts, but cut it a little close of late, escaping with a split-decision victory against Stevie Ray in March. He's outlanded his opponent in terms of significant strikes in each of his past three bouts, but has also been susceptible to the takedown at times, sporting a takedown defense rate of 66 percent. Though Johnson will hold a four-inch reach advantage over Makhachev, that could be negated quickly if the latter gets this fight to the ground quickly, as he's done in most of his UFC bouts.
Islam Makhachev    UFC    Lightweight
Makhachev will face off against Kajan Johnson in a lightweight matchup at a UFC on FOX event in July, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Makhachev has won his last three bouts in the UFC, most recently stopping Gleison Tibau via first-round knockout at UFC 220 in January. The 26-year-old lost his second ever UFC bout in 2015, but is otherwise undefeated in his professional career. The Dagestan native will draw an opponent in Johnson that is also red-hot, winning four consecutive fights. The key advantage for Makhachev will be in the wrestling department, where he's never been taken down in the UFC and averages 4.46 takedowns per 15 minutes. On the other side of the cage, Johnson sports just a 66 percent takedown defense.
Bobby Green    UFC    Lightweight
Green will face Clay Guida in a lightweight matchup at UFC 225 in Chicago on June 9.

Fantasy Analysis

Green is a younger fighter with both height and reach advantages, which makes sense considering Guida has competed at the 145-pound division in the past. Green recently got back on track with a win over Erik Koch, but had been 0-3-1 in his four prior fights, including losses to top contenders Edson Barboza and Dustin Poirier. He had been scheduled to face Beneil Dariush at UFC 222, but ultimately had to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. He'll now draw a seasoned vet in "The Carpenter," where his path to victory will involve keeping the fight standing. Green averages 5.0 significant strikes landed per minute in his UFC tenure, but he'll be going against an opponent that averages over a takedown per round.
Clay Guida    UFC    Lightweight
Guida has re-signed with the UFC and will face Bobby Green in a lightweight matchup at UFC 225 in Chicago on June 9.

Fantasy Analysis

Guida is a veteran of the UFC since all the way back in 2006, spending time in both the featherweight and lightweight divisions. He last fought in November, beating a soon-to-be washed up Joe Lauzon via first-round KO, which possibly says more about the state of Lauzon's career than Guida's. This time around, he'll get a more game in opponent in Green, who will hold height and reach advantages. Guida is the better wrestler in terms of average takedown number (3.45), but Green sports a respectable takedown defense of 71 percent. It will be in Green's best interest to keep this fight on the feet, as he lands an average of 5.0 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy rating of 48 percent.
Don Madge    UFC    Lightweight
Madge will make his UFC debut in a lightweight matchup against David Teymur at UFC Liverpool on May 27.

Fantasy Analysis

Madge is a 27-year-old that owns a 7-3-1 professional record, accumulated entirely with the South Africa-based Extreme Fighting Championship promotion. He's been knocked out, submitted and decisioned under that banner, but has been able to turn things around of late, winning his last four matchups. Each of his seven wins has been earned via stoppage. Despite the winning streak, Madge is the No. 177-ranked lightweight in the world according to Fight Matrix. To put that in perspective, UFC fighters ranked similarly include Darrell Horcher (166), Dong Hyun Kim (169), Andrew Holbrook (185) and Jason Gonzalez (190).
David Teymur    UFC    Lightweight
Teymur will take on lightweight newcomer Don Madge at UFC Liverpool on May 27.

Fantasy Analysis

With 10 fights already announced for the Liverpool card -- headlined by Stephen Thompson vs. Darren Till -- Teymur is a relatively late addition to help round out the event. Though he's only been with the UFC since February of 2016, Teymur has already enjoyed measurable success. He's 4-0 with the promotion and holds a Fight of the Night bonus for his matchup against Lando Vannata. Teymur has won the striking battle in each of his four matchups as well. He'll welcome the debuting Madge to the octagon, a South African native sporting a 7-3 professional record.
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