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DraftKings MMA: UFC Winnipeg Preview
DraftKings MMA: UFC Winnipeg Preview

Two former UFC champions battle it out for the chance of a future welterweight title shot in Winnipeg. RotoWire MMA Analyst Jon Litterine has the DraftKings breakdown.

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Rafael dos Anjos    UFC    Welterweight
Dos Anjos defeated Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) at UFC on FOX 26 on Saturday in Winnipeg.

Fantasy Analysis

That dominant performance should be more than enough to earn RDA a shot at Tyron Woodley's UFC Welterweight Championship. Fighting one of the toughest guys in the sport, dos Anjos was in total control from the outset. He began by eliminating on of Lawler's legs before he set out to control the fight from in tight. The ease in which he dominated Lawler in the clinch as remarkable. Since moving up to welterweight, RDA has defeated Lawler, Neil Magny, and Tarec Saffiedine with ease. Woodley is expected to undergo shoulder surgery in the near future, but dos Anjos would be smart to wait for the title shot if the UFC offers it to him. He has fought three times in the past six months and the time off should serve him well.
Robbie Lawler    UFC    Welterweight
Lawler lost to Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision (45-50, 45-50, 45-50) at UFC on FOX 26 on Saturday in Winnipeg.

Fantasy Analysis

Essentially fighting on one leg for the vast majority of the fight, Lawler struggled more than any fight in recent memory. He was dominated by dos Anjos in tight and he struggled to land with regularity throughout the course of the bout. The leg injury Lawler sustained certainly contributed to the struggles, but RDA was in total control of this one regardless. Lawler will turn 36 years old in March and it's fair to wonder if all the wars that he has been in over the years are starting to catch up with him. Lawler's next move is very much in question. It's a story to keep an eye on as we head into 2018.
Josh Emmett    UFC    Featherweight
Emmett defeated Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) at 4:33 of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 26 on Saturday in Winnipeg.

Fantasy Analysis

After accepting this fight on short notice, hopefully the fact Emmett missed weight on Friday doesn't take too much away from his brilliant performance tonight. Facing one of the toughest and most well respected fighters in the UFC's featherweight division, Emmett crushed Lamas with a wild left hook to the jaw. To Emmett's credit, he realized that his opponent was clearly finished and he didn't throw any additional unnecessary shots. The UFC has no choice but to give Emmett another big fight after Saturday's win. We will see his next time out if his shocking result was a fluke or a sign of things to come.
Ricardo Lamas    UFC    Featherweight
Lamas lost to Josh Emmett via KO (punch) at 4:33 of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 26 on Saturday in Winnipeg.

Fantasy Analysis

You have to feel for Lamas. Originally scheduled to face Jose Aldo, he was forced to go up against what was viewed as a lesser opponent and then his opponent missed weight yesterday. To make matters worse, Lamas gets brutally knocked out a mere 24 hours later. The left hook that Lamas ate from Emmett was so vicious that it was good to see that Ricardo didn't appear to be seriously injured after the contest. This loss is a game-changer for the 35-year-old. As dedicated a fighter as there is in the UFC's featherweight division, Lamas has his work cut out for him to come back from this stunning setback.
Santiago Ponzinibbio    UFC    Welterweight
Ponzinibbio defeated Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on FOX 26 on Saturday in Winnipeg.

Fantasy Analysis

It took a round or so for Ponzinibbio to find his range, but once he began leaning on his jab and firing off low leg kicks with regularity, the outlook changed entirely. Known as a pure striker, Ponzinibbio kept Perry off balance by mixing in three takedown attempts, all of which were successful. Now riding a 6-fight winning streak, Gente Boa called for a title shot in his post-fight interview. While it's a bit early for that, Ponzinibbio only needs one or two more wins to get into the discussion.
Mike Perry    UFC    Welterweight
Perry lost to Santiago Ponzinibbio via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC on FOX 26 on Saturday in Winnipeg.

Fantasy Analysis

As expected, it was a hard hitting affair in which both men had their moments. The judge's also got their decision correct. Perry is stupidly tough and no matter what Ponzinibbio threw at him, Platinum wasn't going anywhere. Perry likely won Round 1 before dropping Rounds 2 and 3. He struggled to defending the leg kicks of the longer Ponzinibbio and he also allowed three takedowns. For better or worse, Perry is going to engage his opposition in an all-out brawl. It didn't work for him on Saturday, but his fighting style and brash attitude has already earned him a large following i short order.
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