Is Fabricio Werdum next up for a heavyweight title shot after his victory over Marcin Tybura? Richard Mann is back for a stats-based breakdown of Saturday's event.
Fantasy AnalysisMorales recently joined the UFC this past year, and defeated Roberto Sanchez in impressive fashion during his debut. That fight came in early August in Mexico City, and Morales used a rear-naked choke to best Sanchez via submission in Round 1 of the bout. On the other side, Figueiredo comes in with two straight wins following his move to the UFC, as he claimed a split decision victory over Jarred Brooks in a few weeks ago, and a defeat of Marco Beltran via TKO (strikes) in his debut in June.
Fantasy AnalysisFigueiredo will enter with a perfect 13-0 professional record, and two straight victories to begin his time with the UFC. He bested Marco Beltran in his debut in early June via TKO (strikes) and went on to defeat Jarred Brooks via split decision in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in late October. Now he will return to Brazil, in Belem, to face off against Morales, who is coming off a victory against Roberto Sanchez in his UFC debut. Morales earned a Round 1 submission (rear-naked choke) during that fight, and also has a spotless career record, at 9-0.
Fantasy AnalysisHu turned professional in 2016 and has yet to lose. All three of his fights to date have ended in stoppage, two via TKO. The newcomer will make his UFC debut in front of a hometown crowd in his native China.
Fantasy AnalysisAsker was originally scheduled to take on James Mulheron for this fight. However, Mulheron was flagged with a potential anti-doping violation and was pulled from the bout. He has been replaced by newcomer and China native Yaozong Hu.
Fantasy AnalysisXiaonan joined professional MMA in 2009 only to take a five-year hiatus 2010. She returned to the sport in 2015 and has gone 5-0, 1NC since. At age 28, "Fury" maintains a 7-1, 1NC career record with five KO/TKOs, four of which were won in Round 1.
Fantasy AnalysisCurran has really struggle in the UFC, having gone 1-5 since joining the promotion in 2014. The strawweight is 4-5 ovearlll and scores an average 2.00 takedowns a bout, but absorbs 4.38 significant strikes on average, which could come from the 53 percent strike defense she shows statistic-wise. She needs to get back on the winning track with this bout against Xiaonan.
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