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Fight Stat Wrap: UFC London Recap
Fight Stat Wrap: UFC London Recap

On a Saturday dedicated to green beer and hoops, major upsets were happening across the pond. Richard Mann is back for his stats-based recap of UFC London.

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Claudio Puelles    UFC    Featherweight
Puelles will face off against Felipe Silva at UFC Chile on May 19, Guilherme Cruz of reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Puelles (7-2) will return to action after an injury forced him to withdraw from a fight with Sage Northcutt almost a year ago. Most recently, Puelles was declared TUF Latin America 3 lightweight runner-up following a loss to Martin Bravo during the final in Nov. 2016. His opponent, Silva (8-1), suffered his first career loss during his most recent fight, being knocked out by Mairbek Taisumov at UFC Rotterdam.
Felipe Silva    UFC    Lightweight
Silva is slated to fight Claudio Puelles at UFC Chile on May 19, Guilherme Cruz of reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Silva (8-1) endured his first loss in his most recent fight, in which he was knocked out by Mairbek Taisumov at UFC Rotterdam. His opponent, Puelles is 7-2, most recently losing to Martin Bravo.
Cub Swanson    UFC    Featherweight
Swanson is scheduled to fight Frankie Edgar in a featherweight matchup at UFC Atlantic City on April 21.

Fantasy Analysis

Swanson's last fight resulted in a loss courtesy of Brian Ortega at UFC Fight Night 123 -- the same fighter responsible for handing Edgar his last UFC loss. Prior to the defeat, Swanson had won four consecutive fights dating back to April 2016. A win against a top-five opponent like Edgar could help him regain momentum and get right back in the title conversation. The two have fought once in the past, back in November 2014, where Swanson fell in the fifth round to Edgar via a neck crank submission. He only managed 31 significant strikes in that bout, and was taken down an astonishing seven times. Swanson has certainly improved as a fighter since then, but he will likely still enter as the betting underdog.
Frankie Edgar    UFC    Featherweight
Edgar is slated to fight Cub Swanson in a featherweight matchup at UFC Atlantic City on April 21.

Fantasy Analysis

Edgar is just a few weeks removed from a upset loss against Brian Ortega at UFC 222, but the American has claimed victory in seven of his last nine bouts. He'll be at a slight size disadvantage in this one, as Swanson (25-8-0) enters the match with roughly a two-inch advantage in both height and reach. That wasn't an issue for Edgar in their first fight back in 2014, when "The Answer" came out on top via a neck crank submission in the fifth round. Edgar also won the striking battle 93-to-31 in that one, in addition to collecting seven takedowns and passing guard an amazing 16 times. With this bout scheduled for just three rounds, however, there will be slightly less opportunities to accrue fantasy points.
Paul Craig    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Craig inked a new four-year deal with UFC on Wednesday, Shaun Al-Shatti of reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Craig's incredible win at UFC London has seemingly rejuvenated his career. At 30 years old, Craig was ready to retire had UFC not renewed his contract. The four-year deal will presumably be the Scottish native's last go around, but he sure has earned it.
Mauricio Rua    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Rua (knee) will face Volkan Oezdemir a light heavyweight matchup at a UFC Fight Night event in Chile on May 19.

Fantasy Analysis

Rua had recently been scheduled for a rematch against Ovince St-Preux in September, but that fight fell through after Rua was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. He had been targeting a return in the spring, and although this date meets that time frame, Rua will be more than a calendar year out of competition when he steps back into the Octagon. That shouldn't matter too much for a 36-year-old veteran of 35 professional fights, but he'll have to be extra cautious to avoid a slow start. Oezdemir is properly nicknamed "No Time," as before his recently loss to champion Daniel Cormier, he faced two highly respectable fighters in Jimi Manuwa and Misha Cirkunov, and put them both to sleep in the opening round.
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