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Fight Stat Wrap: UFC Atlantic City Recap
Fight Stat Wrap: UFC Atlantic City Recap

Kevin Lee may have found himself in hot water after missing weight, but his performance Saturday night was one for 2018's fantasy record books. Richard Mann recaps the action in his weekly stats-based breakdown.

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Zabit Magomedsharipov    UFC    Featherweight
Magomedsharipov (hand) signed a new, multi-fight extension with the UFC, reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Magomedsharipov earned Fight of the Night honors his last time in the Octagon at UFC 223, but suffered a strained ligament in his hand in the process. It's not expected to be a long-term injury concern, which should put the Dagestani fighter back in competition within a few months. The 27-year-old has an incredibly bright future in the UFC, and is unbeaten in three bouts with the promotion. Talks of a matchup against fellow prospect Yair Rodriguez have surfaced, though his camp likely needs the injury concerns alleviated before accepting his next fight.
Chad Mendes    UFC    Featherweight
Mendes (suspension) is hoping for an early-July return, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Mendes was dealt a two-year ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that dates back to June 10, 2016, and that timetable is nearly complete. The Team Alpha Male product will turn 33 years old May 1, and when he does return, will look to break a two-fight losing streak. Long considered one of the UFC's elite featherweights, Mendes is undefeated in his career against opponents not named Jose Aldo, Conor McGregor or Frankie Edgar. His experience should earn him a ranked opponent upon returning, but it remains to be seen how much he'll be affected by ring rust.
Marcos Rogerio de Lima    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Rogerio de Lima was deemed eligible to fight again by the USADA on Tuesday, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rogerio was flagged by the USADA back in August ahead of UFC FIght Night 115 for a potential anti-doping violation. But, after it was discovered that multiple Brazilian pharmacies were selling contaminated supplements, Rogerio, along with Junior dos Santos and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, was ruled eligible to return to fighting.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira    UFC    Light Heavyweight
Nogueira was cleared by the USADA on Monday to return to fighting, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Nogueira was originally flagged back in October ahead of UFC Winnipeg for a potential anti-doping violation, but after the USADA found two pharmacies in Brazil selling contaminated supplements, Nogueira, along with fellow light heavyweight Marcos Rogerio and heavyweight Junior dos Santos, was cleared to return to fighting Monday.
Junior dos Santos    UFC    Heavyweight
Dos Santos has been deemed eligible to fight again after the USADA confirmed his failed drug test was due to a contaminated supplement, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Dos Santos was pulled from UFC 215 in August due to a potential USADA violation, but now, eight months later, Santos had to accept a suspension of only six months, meaning it has already been served. Dos Santos was originally scheduled to fight Francis Ngannou in the heavyweight bout in August.
Francis Ngannou    UFC    Heavyweight
Ngannou will take on Derrick Lewis in a heavyweight matchup at UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Ngannou cruised through his first six fights in the UFC, finishing each one of them within two rounds. The sledding got tougher at UFC 220 against champion Stipe Miocic, however, as Miocic made it a grinding, five-round fight and took him down six times en route to a unanimous decision victory. Now, Ngannou will look to get back on track and prove he's worthy of another shot at the champion. He'll undoubtedly put in some time on his takedown defense prior to this fight, though cardio should be less of a concern in this three-round matchup. Ngannou is a younger fighter with height and reach advantages, and despite the loss, remains one of the scariest opponents in the heavyweight division. Look for "The Predator" to enter as the betting favorite.
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