Two heavyweights collide in the main event of Saturday's card in Australia. RotoWire MMA analyst Jon Litterine is back to discuss the best daily fantasy plays and make his picks.
Fantasy AnalysisYamauchi will face a stiff test against Chandler after winning his past three fights to improve his career record to 22-3. Most recently, Yamauchi topped Adam Piccolotti via submission (rear-naked choke) in late September, and has won 18 of his 22 fights by submission. On the other side, Chandler enters having lost the lightweight belt to Brent Primus in June, which was mired with controversy after the referee stopped the bout due to Chandler's apparent ankle injury.
Fantasy AnalysisAlthough Chandler won't get his rematch against Brent Primus at this point in time, the former lightweight champion will return to the arena for the first time since his June defeat. Prior to his loss, Chandler had won his previous four bouts, and will look to get back on track against Yamauchi, who is currently riding a three-fight winning streak.
Fantasy AnalysisThis agreement comes on the heels of the announcement that Cyborg will face Holly Holm at UFC 219 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas. There was real concern that she wouldn't return to the promotion after being granted a boxing license by the state of California in early September, and especially after voicing displeasure over the negotiations during the past couple months. That now appears to be in the rear-view mirror following Cyborg's new deal, although there hasn't been any word as to how many fights are on the contract.
Fantasy AnalysisWeidman gained a much needed win over Gastelum in Long Island this summer, but suffered a dislocated left thumb in the process. While he was initially told that he'd be back to fighting in six weeks following his surgery in September, he has yet to completely heal. The timeline for his return has been pushed back to early next year.
Fantasy AnalysisHolm has decided to take on the undisputed UFC featherweight champion in Cris Cyborg. After much debate over finances and the possibility of substantial punishment given at the hands of Cyborg, the she has finally accepted the bout. She'll be moving up a weight class for this matchup, so will be at a disadvantage power-wise. However, the two match up well in both height and reach, so if "The Preachers Daughter" can keep moving and utilize her kickboxing skills to keep Cyborg out, she has a chance to take the belt.
Fantasy AnalysisGuimaraes hasn't seen action in 20 months due to a multiple knee surgeries; after undergoing his first surgery, septic arthritis forced another one. Twenty days in the hospital led to his leg atrophying and another injury. After a long time off that involved starting his own American Top Team gym in Brazil, the fighter is itching to get back in the Octagon. Guimaraes hopes to return in March 2018 as a welterweight after spending time as a middleweight.
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