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.
Fantasy AnalysisPuelles (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.
Fantasy AnalysisSilva (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.
Fantasy AnalysisSwanson'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.
Fantasy AnalysisEdgar 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.
Fantasy AnalysisCraig'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.
Fantasy AnalysisRua 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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