Donald Cerrone looks to continue his ascension up the UFC record books in a rare Saturday morning card in Singapore. Jon Litterine returns for the fantasy breakdown.
Fantasy AnalysisGodbeer is 2-2 in the UFC as a heavyweight, with both losses coming by way of rear-naked choke. Now armed with a new contract, the 34-year-old intends to make a run in a shallower division. He's listed at 240 pounds on his FightMetric page, so although the weight cut will be more difficult, it should be manageable with a few adjustments to his body. His next fight contract looks to be signed, but the opponent and card have yet to be announced.
Fantasy AnalysisMousasi exited the UFC on a five-fight winning streak and immediately kept it rolling under the Bellator banner. He defeated Alexander Shlemenko via unanimous decision in his company debut, then had much less trouble with Rafael Carvalho for the middleweight strap, defeating the former champion via first-round TKO (punches). He'll now welcome the challenge against the current welterweight champion in one of the best fights Bellator could make in 2018. He's slightly taller than MacDonald, but the two are equal in the reach department. Both have seen or approached the pinnacle of the sport, though one can argue that MacDonald has absorbed much more damage of late. The betting odds should be close for this one.
Fantasy AnalysisMacDonald will get a chance to make history, as "The Red King" would become the first ever two-division champion under the Bellator banner with a win over Mousasi. He won't concede much of a size disadvantage despite moving up a weight class, as MacDonald is two inches shorter than Mousasi but both possess a 76-inch reach. Both athletes are riding multi-fight winning streaks, but it certainly can be argued that MacDonald has taken more damage, as many of his recent fights have been all-out wars against the likes of Douglas Lima, Stephen Thompson and Robbie Lawler. This is arguably the biggest fight Bellator can make right now, as both competitors are high-level and technical athletes that have flirted with title contention while with the UFC. MacDonald is also coming off a leg injury sustained in the Lima fight, but he will have had plenty of time on the shelf to recover prior to the fight this fall.
Fantasy AnalysisBarnett was flagged in December 2016 for a potential anti-doping violation, but after a lengthly appeal process, he was finally cleared to fight again in March. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion has now been out of competition nearly two years, having last picked up a win over Andrei Arlovski in September 2016. Now 40 years old, Barnett does not wish to re-enter the testing pool for the organization that did him wrong, preferring to finish his career under the banner of another promotion.
Fantasy AnalysisHill sports a record of 8-4 as a professional after alternating wins and losses in her last four fights. She was submitted by current champion Rose Namajunas all the way back in 2015, but will need to string together several additional victories in order to get another shot at Rose. That path will start by outpointing Grasso on the feet. Grasso is a younger fighter at just 24 years old, but has the same amount of professional fights (though much less with the UFC). Hill be at a height and reach disadvantage, but any fighter that lands 5.42 significant strikes per minute is a reasonable fantasy sleeper.
Fantasy AnalysisIt's been rough going for Grasso since entering the UFC, as the 24-year-old is 2-2 in her first four bouts with the promotion and missed weight for her most recent victory. In her last time out, she was submitted by emerging contender Tatiana Suarez in the first round. This time around, Grasso will enter with slight height and reach advantages in a matchup that projects to play out primarily on the feet. Grasso undoubtedly spent plenty of time fine-tuning her wrestling for the Suarez matchup, but her strength is in her striking, which is the same case with Hill.
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